Davidson vs. UMass - 2/1/20 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Davidson vs. UMass - 2/1/20 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction Photo by Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports

UMass Minutemen (9-12) at Davidson Wildcats (10-10)

College Basketball: Saturday, February 1, 2020 at 8:00 pm (Belk Arena)

The Line: Davidson Wildcats -10.5 -- Over/Under: 141 Click Here for the Latest Odds

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The UMass Minutemen and the Davidson Wildcats meet in A-10 conference college basketball action from the Belk Arena on Saturday night.

The UMass Minutemen will look to build on back-to-back wins after a 91-76 win over Saint Joseph’s last time out. Dibaji Walker led the Minutemen with 22 points on 9 of 13 shooting while Samba Diallo added 19 points on 9 of 12 shooting with 3 steals. Carl Pierre added 14 points on 5 of 7 shooting with a pair of threes and a team-high 7 assists while Tre Mitchell and Preston Santos each had 12 points to round out the group of double-digit scorers for UMass in the win. Santos shot 5 of 6 from the floor with a team-high 8 rebounds while Mitchell had a team-high 5 assists. Sean East II added 7 assists as well in the victory for the Minutemen. Mitchell leads UMass in scoring with an average of 15.6 points per game while Diallo leads the Minutemen in rebounding with 6.4 rebounds per game and East II leads UMass in assists with 4.9 assists per game this season. As a team, UMass is averaging 70.6 points per game on 42.9% shooting from the field, 34.7% from behind the arc and 68.9% from the foul line this season.

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The Davidson Wildcats will look to rebound after a 107-104 quadruple overtime loss to George Washington in their last outing. Jon Axel Gudmundsson led the way with 31 points along with 10 rebounds and 6 assists for the double-double while Kellan Grady added 28 points on 9 of 21 shooting with 4 threes and 4 assists. Luka Brajkovic added 14 points on 6 of 8 shooting while Hyunjung Lee added 12 points and Carter Collins added 10 points with 8 rebounds to finish off the scoring in double figures for Davidson in the defeat. Grady leads Davidson in scoring with an average of 15.8 points per game while Gudmundsson leads the Wildcats in rebounding and assists with an average of 7.1 rebounds and 4 assists per game this season. As a team, Davidson is averaging 71.8 points per game on 44.2% shooting from the field, 35% from behind the arc and 76.2% from the foul line this season.

UMass is 2-11 ATS in their last 13 road games and 6-1 ATS in their last 7 games following a win while the over is 10-4 in their last 14 games overall. Davidson is 2-5 ATS in their last 7 games following a loss and 1-4 ATS in their last 5 home games against a team with a losing road record while the under is 6-2-1 in their last 9 games following a loss. The road team is 6-2-1 ATS in the last 9 meetings between these two teams.

I’m not much of a fan of Davidson right now as the Wildcats have found ways to burn me more often than not this season. However, UMass hasn’t been great on the road, losing each of their last 3 road games in conference by double-digits while the Wildcats have posted back-to-back double-digit victories at home this season. It wouldn’t surprise me if the Wildcats put up another clunker here, but based on how these two have played at home or away from home lately, I think laying the points with Davidson is the way to go here.

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Chris’s Pick Davidson -10.5

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