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William & Mary vs. Delaware - 2/2/19 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
Delaware at William & Mary
Date & Time Saturday February 2, 2019, 4:00 PM (EST)
Location
Kaplan Arena
Williamsburg, VA
The Line
William & Mary Tribe -5 -- Over/Under
TV Channel
YUR-VA; CAA.TV
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The Delaware Blue Hens will travel to Kaplan Arena to take on the William & Mary Tribe this Saturday afternoon in College Basketball action.

The Delaware Blue Hens dropped to 14-9 (6-4 CAA) on the season after being defeated by the Elon Phoenix, 57-56, this past Thursday. In a tight, back and forth contest, Delaware fell short at the end after Elon’s Tyler Seibring was able to hit the game-winning jumper for the Phoenix was just :04 seconds left in regulation. Delaware struggled offensively against the Elon defense as the Blue Hens shot just 38.3% from the field & 25.0% from beyond the arc in the loss. Leading the way for the Blue Hens was Eric Carter who had a double-double with 18 points, 14 rebounds, and 2 steals.

On the season, Delaware is averaging 72.5 ppg on 46.7% shooting from the field. The Blue Hens are averaging 8.6 three-pointers per game on 38.4% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, Delaware has been led by Eric Carter (17.0 ppg, 10.4 rpg, 2.5 apg), Ryan Allen (16.2 ppg, 2.5 rpg, 2.1 apg), Ithiel Horton (13.0 ppg, 3.2 rpg, 1.6 apg, 1.0 spg), and Kevin Anderson (10.1 ppg, 4.5 rpg, 3.7 apg, 1.0 spg).

Defensively, Delaware is allowing their opponents to average 70.9 ppg on 43.2% shooting from the field. The Blue Hens have a rebound margin of 0.5 and a turnover margin of -2.5.

The William & Mary Tribe snapped their 5-game losing streak and improved to 8-14 (4-6 CAA) on the season after defeating the Drexel Dragons, 75-69, this past Thursday. William & Mary was down by a 39-31 margin at halftime, however, was outstanding on both ends of the court in the 2nd half and pulled away after a 7-0 Tribe run gave William & Mary a 71-65 lead with just :36 seconds left in regulation. William & Mary shot 46.6% from the field and 42.9% from beyond the arc in the victory. Leading the way for the Tribe was Nathan Knight who had a double-double with 14 points, 15 rebounds, 5 assists, and 6 blocks.

On the season, William & Mary is averaging 74.2 ppg on 46.5% shooting from the field. The Tribe are averaging 8.6 three-pointers per game on 33.6% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, William & Mary has been led by Nathan Knight (19.3 ppg, 8.1 rpg, 3.6 apg, 2.1 bpg), Justin Pierce (14.8 ppg, 8.6 rpg, 3.4 apg), Matt Milon (12.6 ppg, 2.9 rpg, 1.3 apg), and Chase Audige (10.2 ppg, 4.0 rpg, 2.2 apg, 1.4 spg).

Defensively, William & Mary is allowing their opponents to average 78.6 ppg on 46.8% shooting from the field. The Tribe have a rebound margin of -1.0 and a turnover margin of -2.3.

The Blue Hens are 39-18-3 ATS in their last 60 games following an ATS loss, however, are just 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games overall. The Tribe are 5-16 ATS in their last 21 games and 0-4 ATS in their last 4 home games.

Delaware has won 6 of their last 9 games and currently rank T-196th in scoring offense, 79th in FG%, and T-166th in scoring defense. William & Mary has lost 6 of their last 10 games and although the Tribe have a solid offense that ranks 156th in scoring offense & 92nd in FG%, William & Mary has struggled defensively as they rank just 323rd in scoring defense & 319th in defensive FG%.

William & Mary has really struggled this season defensively and even playing at home hasn’t been the answer for the Tribe as they are just 6-5 at Kaplan Arena on the season. Delaware suffered a tough loss agianst Elon recently, however, this is the same Blue Hens team that best Northeastern on the road earlier this season and as I think the duo of Eric Carter & Ryan Allen will give the Tribe’s defense a bunch of problems, I’m taking Delaware and the points in this on.

Pick:
Delaware Blue Hens +5

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