Saint Joseph’s Hawks at Davidson Wildcats – NCAAM Basketball January 12

Saint Joseph’s (1-8, 0-3) at Davidson (6-5, 2-2)

Time: 4 PST/6 CST/7 EST

Place: Belk Arena, Davidson, N.C.

TV: N/A

Wildcats Have a Slight Series Lead:

Davidson has an 11-10 win in a series that generally features an uptempo style that captivates fans. The Wildcats have a 6-2 lead since they joined the Atlantic 10 in 2014-15 and they have outscored the Hawks by 12.5 points in those six wins.

Vs. The Spread:

Saint Joseph’s:

  • The total is OVER in 10 of the Hawks’ 13 games
  • SJU is 4-1 ATS in it’s last 5 games against Davidson
  • The Hawks’ are 0-12 in their last 12 games on the road

Davidson:

  • The total has gone over in 13 of Davidson’s last 19 games
  • The total has gone OVER in 6 of the last 9 between the Wildcats-Hawks
  • Davidson is 14-4 SU in it’s last 18 home games
Teams Spread Money Line Total Points
St. Josephs +14 (-114) +725 O 144 (-110)
Davidson -14 (-106) -1150 U 144 (-110)

Last Time Out:

Saint Joseph’s closed on a 15-5 run to win their first game of the season over Albany U, 67-64, on Saturday. Taylor Funk had 14 points and six rebounds as the Hawks shot a season best 51.9 percent.

The Wildcats dropped an 89-78 overtime loss to Dayton on Friday night after Kellan Grady hit a step-back 3-pointer off the right side with 3.3 seconds remaining to tie the game at 72-72 and force overtime. Grady finished with 27 points while Luka Brajkovic had 20 points and 10 rebounds.

Hawks’ Clipboard:

SJU HawksBilly Lange enters his second season of a major rebuild on Hawk Hill as the Hawks have struggled all season on both ends of the ball. When you play Davidson, the first order of business is to stop the Wildcats’ 3-ball attack which is led by the backcourt triplicate of Grady (17.3 ppg, 4.7 rpg), Hyunjung Lee (15.4 ppg, 4.2 rpg) and Carter Collins (14.0 ppg, 4.1 rpg). The Hawks’s 3-point defense has been shredded for 36.7 percent on the season. Leading scorer Ryan Daly (17.8 ppg/5 games) is questionable with a thumb injury while missing the Hawks’ last four games.

Taylor Funk (15.8 ppg, 5.8 rpg) has had much higher production since the start of Atlantic 10 play as he averages 20 points per game over those first three A-10 outings.

Wildcats’ Clipboard:

Davidson Wildcats LogoCoach Bob McKillop is in his 30th season at Davidson and is on the ballot as a Naismith Hall of Fame nominee. His use of International players and a sturdy 3-point offense has been a pilar of his career. Grady, Lee and Collins combine to average 46 points per game as they have made 76 of the Wildcats’ 3-point field goals. The Wildcats play a solid tempo game to search on the perimeter as they average 19.1 minutes per possession and rank 31st in the nation in adjusted offensive efficiency.

Please Note:
South Korean native Hyunjung Lee’s 3-point marksmanship is one reason why the Wildcats are so tough to guard man-up in the half-court. However, he is good off the dribble and around the rim as he has made 26-of-42 shots inside the arc and has made a paltry 27-of-30 free throws.

Winner: Davidson 78, Saint Joseph’s (+14) 69
O/U: Take OVER 144

The Bets
Davidson -14
-106
OVER 144
-110
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Kenneth Cross / Author

Kenneth Cross is a new entry to The Sports Geek staff as he has 25 years of experience in print, broadcast, and internet sports journalism. Cross is a lover of all sports, but college basketball is his passion. He estimates that he has seen around 1,500 college basketball games - live and in-person - and hopes that grows this season. If you listen to Radio, you have likely heard him on Sundays covering the Carolina Panthers for some 20 years. Now in Tampa Bay, he works as a national radio correspondent.