William & Mary Tribe (6-8) vs Delaware Blue Hens (9-6)Date : 01/03/2019
Time : 7:00 pm EST
Location : Bob Carpenter Arena, Newark, Delaware
Pick, Prediction, & Preview:
William & Mary Tribe vs Delaware Blue Hens
The Tribe of William and Mary will travel to the Bob Carpenter Arena in Newark, Delaware, to battle the Delaware Blue Hens on Thursday night at 7 p.m. Eastern Standard Time. Delaware enters this matchup recently halting a three-game losing skid as they were able to pick up a victory vs the Northeastern Huskies on the road as they needed overtime in which to outscore the Northeastern 18 – 16 in the extra period while also getting 27 points from Ithiel Horton who went 4.7 from three-point range on the night as well.
On the other hand, the Tribe of William and Mary are winners of two straight games along with four of five, overall, as they picked up a victory over the Towson Tigers at home in their last outing as 44% shooting from the floor along with the 11 3-pointers in addition to capitalizing of 14 turnovers for the Tigers certainly allowed the Tribe to get some much-needed victory.
William & Mary Tribe's Latest Performance :
As stated, William and Mary has certainly played much better, particularly on the offensive end lately. In fact, their offense has averaged 90 points in their last four wins while the defense has allowed teams to score 74 points during this time. They were certainly able to jump out on the Towson Tigers in their last outing as they took a 10-point lead at the half while cruising to victory behind 11 three pointers along with 46% accuracy from the floor as Matt Milon along with Justin Pierce led the team with 19 and 18 points, respectively, while Nathan Knight also chipped in 13 points on 5-8 shooting from the floor for the Tribe.
On the other hand, the defense for William and Mary allowed the Tigers to shoot just 44% from the floor while connecting on just 14% of their 3-point attempts. Also, the Tribe were able to capitalize off 15 turnovers during this contest as leading scorer, Brian Fobbs, created four of these on the night as he ended with 12 points on 5-13 shooting. And while their defense has not been overly stellar in 2018, the Tribe’s offense has been the tip of the spear in their success recently as they continue to outscore opponents while picking up huge amounts of momentum and confidence moving forward. They will certainly look to continue their stride versus a Delaware team that are losers of three of their last five home games, overall. On the other hand, the Tribe are only 1-3 in their last four road games.
Delaware Blue Hens's Latest Performance :
After averaging just 58 points per game in their prior 3 game losing streak, the Delaware Blue Hens suddenly hit their stride as they picked up a huge win over the Huskies of Northeastern in their last time out while putting up 82 points in the meantime on 46% shooting. The Hens also went 9-23 from three-point range as their leading scorer in Horton went 4-7 from the floor while pumping in 27 points off the bench in the win to provide a huge lift. On the other hand, Ryan Allen went 3-7 from three-point range while finishing with 19 points in addition to Eric Carter having a solid game in obtaining 18 points as well as pulling down 10 rebounds for the much-needed victory for Delaware. Delaware also slightly outrebounded the Huskies by a 38-35 margin while also capitalizing on 14 costly turnovers throughout the duration of the game in which to pull out the much-needed victory.
Delaware will now look to continue this momentum versus a William & Mary Tribe squad whose offense has certainly begun to heat up. Of course, this has led to the Tribe winning four the last five games, overall; However, the team continues to allow opponents to shoot a tad under 48% from the floor on a nightly basis.
How William & Mary Tribe & Delaware Blue Hens Matchup.
Vegas Odds, Offshore Odds, & Odds ATS:
William & Mary is 4-8 against the spread while the OU is 6 – 6
Delaware is 7 – 5 – 1 against the spread while the OU is 8 – 4
In-Depth Analysis of each team:
This will certainly be a competitive matchup amongst two teams that will be looking to pick up a much-needed victory in William & Mary and Delaware. On one hand, the Blue Hens have certainly not played well at home recently, as stated, while William and Mary has also been just as awful on the road in their past few outings as well. With that being said, look for both teams to attempt to push the pace in this matchup as their offenses have been up and down, for the most part, in 2018. Delaware certainly has the better defense that allow teams to shoot 42% from the floor on a nightly basis while William & Mary allows 48% shooting per outing.
Against The Spread Selection: Pick: Delaware Blue Hens
My reason for the pick :
While I happen to believe that this will certainly be a competitive matchup amongst these two squads, I will back to Delaware Blue Hens in that I happen to believe they will hit some big shots down the stretch in which to pull away from this William and Mary team while picking up the all-important win. I simply do not trust William and Mary on the road, particularly with their defense allowing close to 48% shooting on a nightly basis. Look for Delaware to come out of its funk in this matchup as it will pull away from the visitors due to consistency on the offensive end while also coming up with huge stops on the defensive side of the floor throughout.
Totals Selection: Pick: Over
My reason for the prediction :
I will back the over in this contest, considering how awful the defense for William & Mary has performed, collectively, throughout the season. As stated, they allow opponents to shoot 48% from the floor on a nightly basis. With that being the case, the over has been the play in four the last five games, overall, at home for the Delaware Blue Hens. Look for both teams to have decent nights on the offensive end in this contest is it will be a back-and-forth affair from start to finish.
Betting trends for William & Mary Tribe:
- Over is 14-2 in Tribe last 16 Thu. games.
The tribe are 2-6 ATS in their last 8 road games.
The tribe are 3-8 ATS in their last 11 Thu. games.
Betting trends for Delaware Blue Hens:
- Over is 7-2-1 in Blue Hens last 10 overall.