Davidson at Saint Joseph's
|Date & Time||Tuesday January 15, 2019, 9:00 PM (EST)|
Saint Joseph's Hawks +5 -- Over/Under: 139.5
The Davidson Wildcats will travel to Hagan Arena to take on the Saint Joseph’s Hawks this Tuesday night in College Basketball action,
The Davidson Wildcats won their 3rd straight game and improved to 12-4 (3-0 A-10) on the season after defeating the VCU Rams, 64-57, this past Saturday. Davidson trailed by a 47-35 margin midway through the 2nd half, however, was outstanding defensively, down the stretch and was able to pull away after an 11-0 Wildcats run gave Davidson a 62-55 lead with just :21 seconds left in regulation. Davidson held VCU to just 37.3% shooting from the field & 16.7% from beyond the arc in the victory. Leading the way for the Wildcats was Kellan Grady who had 21 points, 6 rebounds, and 3 assists.
On the season, Davidson is averaging 73.0 ppg on 44.6% shooting from the field. The Wildcats are averaging 9.1 three-pointers per game on 32.6% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, Davidson has been led by Kellan Grady (19.2 ppg, 4.3 rpg, 2.2 apg, 1.3 spg), Jon Axel Gudmundsson (16.3 ppg, 6.1 rpg, 4.4 apg, 1.3 spg), Luka Brajkovic (11.9 ppg, 6.4 rpg, 1.4 apg, 1.1 bpg), and Luke Frampton (9.9 ppg, 2.7 rpg, 1.6 apg).
Defensively, Davidson is holding their opponents to an average of 67.2 ppg on 40.9% shooting from the field. The Wildcats have a rebound margin of 0.8 and a turnover margin of 0.9.
The Saint Joseph’s Hawks lost their 4th straight game and dropped to 7-9 (0-4 A-10) on the season after being defeated by the Duquesne Dukes, 85-84, this past Saturday. Saint Joseph’s held an early 15-point lead, however, allowed the Dukes to fight back before halftime and the Hawks couldn’t secure their first A-10 victory of the season after Duquesne took an 85-81 lead with just:08 seconds left in regulation. Saint Joseph’s shot 47.6% from the field & 37.5% from beyond the arc in the loss. Leading the way for the Hawks was Charlie Brown Jr. who had 28 points, 4 rebounds, 2 assists, 2 blocks, and a steal.
On the season, Saint Joseph’s is averaging 71.1 ppg on 41.5% shooting from the field. The Hawks are averaging 8.4 three-pointers per game on 33.0% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, Saint Joseph’s has been led by Charlie Brown Jr. (20.1 ppg, 4.7 rpg), Lamarr Kimble (16.3 ppg, 3.4 rpg, 2.6 apg, 1.1 spg), Jared Bynum (11.7 ppg, 3.4 rpg, 3.8 apg, 1.4 spg), and Taylor Funk (9.9 ppg, 5.8 rpg, 1.6 apg).
Defensively, Saint Joseph’s is allowing their opponents to average 73.3 ppg on 43.9% shooting from the field. The Hawks have a rebound margin of -2.3 and a turnover margin of 1.8.
The Wildcats are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games following a straight up win and 20-8-1 ATS in their last 29 games vs. A-10 opponents. The Hawks are 1-6 ATS in their last 7 games overall and 0-5 ATS in their last 5 home games.
Davidson has won 4 of their last 5 games and although their offense can struggle at times, the Wildcats have been solid defensively as they rank 80th in scoring defense & 69th in defensive FG%. It’s been a struggle for the Hawks this season as they’ve struggled on both ends of the floor and come into this match-up ranked just 249th in scoring offense, 307th in FG%, and 228th in scoring defense.
Saint Joseph’s have some talented players, led by Charlie Brown Jr. & Lamarr Kimble, however, the offense has really struggle as of late as over their last 7 games, the Hawks are averaging just 58.4 ppg. Davidson has to be considered one of the favorites in the A-10 this season and between the fact that the Hawks have lost their four A-10 games by an average of 16.5 ppg and that I feel that the Davidson defense will give the Hawks trouble, I’m taking Davidson to cover this mid-range road spread.