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Massachusetts vs. Davidson - 2/9/19 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Davidson at Massachusetts
Date & Time Saturday February 9, 2019, 1:00 PM (EST)
William D. Mullins Center
Amherst, MA
The Line
Davidson Wildcats -7 -- Over/Under: 134.5
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The Davidson Wildcats and the UMass Minutemen meet in A-10 conference college basketball action from the William D. Mullins Center on Saturday afternoon.

The Davidson Wildcats will look to build on their current 5-game winning streak after a 68-53 win over Rhode Island in their last outing. Jon Axel Gudmundsson led the Wildcats with 20 points on 4 of 7 shooting with 3 threes and a 9 of 10 mark from the foul line along with team-highs of 12 rebounds, 5 assists and 3 steals. Luka Brajkovic added 18 points with 9 rebounds, 4 assists and a whopping 5 blocks while KiShawn Pritchett added 14 points with 3 threes to finish off the trio of double-digit scorers for Davidson in the winning effort. Gudmundsson leads the Wildcats with an average of 16.5 points, 7 rebounds and 4.3 assists per game this season. As a team, Davidson is averaging 71.5 points per game on 44.6% shooting from the field, 34.8% from behind the 3-point line and 74.6% from the foul line this season.

The UMass Minutemen need a win after losing 3 straight and 10 of their last 11 games following an 85-67 loss to Fordham in their last outing. Carl Pierre led the Minutemen with 19 points on 7 of 11 shooting with 5 threes while Unique McLean added 10 points with team-highs of 6 rebounds and 6 assists as the only other double-digit scorer for UMass in the losing effort. Luwane Pipkins missed the game due to a hamstring injury but still leads UMass with an average of 16.8 points and 5.4 assists per game while Rashaan Holloway leads the Minutemen in rebounding with 5.9 rebounds per game this season. As a team, UMass is averaging 71.3 points per game on 43.9% shooting from the field, 34.2% from 3-point range and 68.9% from the foul line this season.

Davidson is 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games overall and 20-7-1 ATS in their last 28 conference games while the under is 5-1 in their last 6 road games. UMass is 1-7 ATS in their last 8 home games and 2-5 ATS in their last 7 games overall while the under is 7-2 in their last 9 games following a loss. The road team is 3-0-1 in the last 4 meetings between these two teams.

Davidson continues to perform as the team to beat in the A-10 this season, while the Minutemen continue to lose ground and just simply can’t find their footing. Getting points with UMass at home would hold a little bit more weight if the Minutemen could cover more than just one of their last 8 home games. Davidson is simply the better team here and should be able to pull out a win and cover against a UMass team that just doesn’t have it right now.

Davidson -7

Chris has been a sports fan from when he was old enough to pick up a basketball and was a standout offensive lineman throughout high school and college. Chris uses that same instinct, determination and drive to analyze trends and statistics to find and produce winners on a consistent basis. Chris has been writing for Sports Chat Place since 2016 and covers a wide array of sports from college and pro football, college basketball, hockey and baseball.

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