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Davidson vs Massachusetts Pick & Preview: Saturday, February 4th Betting Odds
Wildcats vs Minutemen Matchup at a Glance
- Sport: NCAAB
- Teams: Davidson Wildcats at Massachusetts Minutemen
- Where: Amherst at William D. Mullins Memorial Center
- Date: Saturday, February 4th
- Betting Odds: Davidson +1, DAVID -112 | UMASS -110 O/U 141.5
Davidson will be looking to pick up a win in today’s game vs Massachusetts in order to snap their current 2 game losing streak. On the road, the Wildcats will be playing their 9th game of the season, having gone 3-6. So far, the Wildcats have been the underdog 9 times, going 1-8 straight up. Heading into today’s contest, they are the +1 underdogs on the spread.
Sam Mennenga comes into today’s game as the Wildcats’ leading scorer at 15.55 points per contest. Not only has Mennenga been key to the team’s scoring efforts, but he is Davidson’s top rebounder at 7.41 boards per contest. Before getting a bet down on this game, we recommend keeping close watch on the availability of Foster Loyer, as he is currently listed as questionable. If he can’t play, the Wildcats’ will be without their 2nd leading scorer at Foster Loyer points per game.
Through 22 games, Davidson has been playing well on offense, averaging 75.6 points per game. Even though the team has been methodical with their pace, the Wildcats’ shooters have been hot from outside, hitting 38.6% of their shots per game. This strong shooting percentage has equated to an average of 8.82 made 3’s per contest.
Heading into today’s matchup vs Davidson, the Massachusetts Minutemen will be taking the floor for the 23rd time this season and have an overall record of 13-9. So far this season, Massachusetts has played 13 games at home, sitting with a record of 9-4. The Minutemen’s are sitting with a betting line that is -1 points in their favor. For the season, Massachusetts has been favored to win in 12 games, sitting with a mark of 8-4.
Matt Cross comes into today’s game as the Minutemen’s leading scorer at 12.11 points per contest. Not only has Cross been key to the team’s scoring efforts, but he is Massachusetts’ top rebounder at 6.84 boards per contest. Cross will need take on an even larger role in today’s matchup, as RJ Luis will not be taking the floor vs Davidson. For the season, he is second on the team in scoring at 10.65 with a field goal percentage of 44.6%.
So far this season, Massachusetts has put together a strong scoring offense at 75.7 points per game (67th). This strong figure has come despite the Minutemen playing at a slow tempo compared to other schools. For the season, they have hit 37.0% of their shots from outside, which is closer to the NCAA average. Massachusetts’ overall field goal percentage currently sits at 43.3%
Free Spread Prediction: Davidson Wildcats +1
A key to this matchup, will be 3-point shooting. Coming into the game, both Massachusetts and Davidson are excellent 3-point shooting teams, averaing 9.5 and 8.82 made 3’s per game, respectively. In terms of the odds, we like the Davidson Wildcats to cover as +1 point dogs. Look for their defense to do a good enough job closing out on the Minutemen’s outside shooters to make things difficult for Massachusetts. At +1 we like the chances of Davidson covering the spread as underdogs.