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William & Mary vs. North Carolina-Wilmington - 2/23/19 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
North Carolina-Wilmington at William & Mary
Date & Time Saturday February 23, 2019, 4:00 PM (EST)
Location
Kaplan Arena
Williamsburg, VA
The Line
William & Mary Tribe -7.5 -- Over/Under: 160
TV Channel
YUR-VA; CAA.TV
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NCAA BB | North Carolina-Wilmington at William & Mary
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The UNC Wilmington Seahawks will travel to Kaplan Arena to take on the William & Mary Tribe this Saturday afternoon in College Basketball action.

The UNC Wilmington Seahawks dropped to 9-20 (5-11 CAA) on the season after being defeated by the Elon Phoenix, 84-77, this past Thursday. UNC Wilmington struggled on the offensive end agianst the Phoenix and couldn’t fight back after an 8-0 Phoenix run gave Elon a 70-62 lead with 5:22 left in regulation. UNC Wilmington shot just 40.0% from the field and 38.5% from beyond the arc in the loss. Leading the way for the Seahawks was Jeantal Cylla who had 24 points, and 8 rebounds.

On the season, UNC Wilmington is averaging 77.1 ppg on 44.9% shooting from the field. The Seahawks are averaging 8.0 three-pointers per game on 35.5% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, UNC Wilmington has been led by Devontae Cacok (15.0 ppg, 12.2 rpg, 1.0 spg), Jenatal Cylla (14.0 ppg, 4.5 rpg), Ty Gadsden (11.4 ppg, 1.4 rpg, 2.4 apg), and Kai Toews (8.7 ppg, 2.6 rpg, 7.9 apg).

Defensively, UNC Wilmington is allowing their opponents to average 81.5 ppg on 47.3% shooting from the field. The Seahawks have a rebound margin of 4.0 and a turnover margin of -2.9.

The William & Mary Tribe won their 2nd straight game and improved to 11-16 (7-8 CAA) on the season after defeating the Charleston Cougars, 86-84 in OT, this past Thursday. William & Mary fought back from a 42-34 halftime deficit to force OT and was able to hold the Cougars for the victory after taking an 81-76 lead with 1:45 left in overtime. William & Mary shot 51.8% from the field and 37.0% from beyond the arc in the victory. Leading the way for the Tribe was Nathan Knight who had 30 points, 6 rebounds, 4 assists, 8 blocks, and 2 steals.

On the season, William & Mary is averaging 75.3 ppg on 47.3% shooting from the field. The Tribe are averaging 8.3 three-pointers per game on 34.6% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, William & Mary has been led by Nathan Knight (20.9 ppg, 8.7 rpg, 3.6 apg, 2.3 bpg), Justin Pierce (14.4 ppg, 8.6 rpg, 3.9 apg, 1.0 spg), Matt Milon (12.9 ppg, 3.1 rpg, 1.2 apg), Chase Audige (10.2 ppg, 4.2 rpg, 2.4 apg, 1.6 spg).

Defensively, William & Mary is allowing their opponents to average 78.0 ppg on 46.4% shooting from the field. The Tribe have a rebound margin of 0.2 and a turnover margin of -2.1.

The Seahawks are 2-5-1 ATS in their last 8 games overall and are 0-4-1 ATS in their last 5 road games. The Tribe are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games overall and 20-9-1 ATS in their last 30 Saturday games.

UNC Wilmington ha lost 9 of their last 11 games and come into this game ranked 73rd in scoring offense, 344th in scoring defense, and 333rd in defensive FG%.

William & Mary has won 4 of their last 6 games and currently rank 114th in scoring offense, 47th in FG%, and 318th in scoring defense.

William & Mary has been playing some of their best basketball of the season as of late and the Tribe continue to look like they could be a tough out in the CAA Tournament with Nathan Knight leading the way. UNC Wilmington as able to pick a 93-88 victory at home against William & Mary earlier this season, however, between the fact that the Seahawks are just 2-10 on the road and that I just don’t see UNC Wilmington slowing down the Tribe’s offense, I’m taking William & Mary to cover this mid-range home spread. Good Luck!

Pick:
William & Mary Tribe -7.5

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