When and where: February 12, 2019, Rose Hill Gymnasium, Bronx, NY, 7:00 PM ET
The Davidson Wildcats will try to get back on the winning track when going on the road to Bronx to take on the Fordham Rams. Saturday’s loss to UMass put an end to a five-game winning streak for the Wildcats. The Rams, on the other hand, have lost 10 of their last 11 games, including Saturday’s run-in with Duquesne.
Davidson’s offense stalls in loss to UMass
Few expected UMass to put up a fight against Davidson, much less defeat them 54-51. The Minutemen made the game ugly enough to give themselves a chance of pulling off the stunning upset. Meanwhile, the Wildcats could do little more than shake their heads at their atrocious offensive performance leading to their second conference loss of the season, while also snapping their five-game win streak.
The Wildcats came into the game averaging a little over 70 points per game on offense, and they were held to their lowest point total of the season. They shot 42.2 percent from the floor and 28.6 percent from 3-pointer in a game where they were out-rebounded and denied many second-chance opportunities.
Junior guard Jon Axel Gudmundsson was the only player on the Wildcats’ roster that scored in double figures with 17 points, six rebounds and two assists.
Fordham allows second-half comeback
Fordham looked to be well on their way to winning back-to-back conference games in Saturday night’s home meeting against Duquesne. They led the Dukes by 16 points at the end of the first half and seemingly controlled the flow of the game at both ends. The Dukes struggled to get clean looks on offense, and they failed to slow down freshman guard Ty Perry when he was on the floor.
Nearing the end of the 1st Half, #2 Cobb secures a strong lead for the Rams with a steal and a dunk! Keep it up Rams! pic.twitter.com/rgBZAJ0lvD
— Fordham Basketball (@FordhamMBB) February 9, 2019
However, it looked like a completely different game in the second half as the Rams offense went flat, and the Dukes finally started to get into a rhythm. The Rams allowed 50 points in the second half, while only mustering 26 points as a response. A hopeful beginning for the Rams ended in disappointment as they dropped their ninth conference loss of the season, 74-66.
Rams freshman guard Nick Honor had a team-high 18 points, four rebounds and five assists, while Perry and Ivan Raut both came off the bench for a combined 21 points.
- Rams are 16-34-1 ATS in their last 51 games
- Rams are 5-12 ATS in their last 17 games against teams with a winning % above .600
- Rams are 5-15-1 ATS in their last 21 Tuesday games
- Rams are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games against teams in the Atlantic 10
- Wildcats are 5-1 ATS in their last 6 games after an ATS loss
- Wildcats are 5-2 ATS in their last 7 games after a straight up loss
- Wildcats are 20-8-1 ATS in their last 29 games in the Atlantic 10
- Wildcats are 37-18-1 ATS in their last 56 Tuesday games
The Bottom Line What to bet on this game.
Full-Game Side Bet
Can you imagine the Wildcats losing back-to-back games to the two worst teams in the Atlantic 10 Conference?
Good, neither can I.
Davidson laid an egg against UMass, which is completely conceivable after being on the road in three of their last four games. They looked lackadaisical throughout the contest, and they weren’t able to hit the offensive switch when they needed it late in the game.
Don’t expect a similar performance against Fordham. They’ll head into the game knowing a loss could potentially eject them from the driver’s seat of their conference. It could potentially vault VCU into the top spot, while forcing Davidson into a three-way race for second with Dayton and George Mason.
The Rams were on a nine-game losing streak before their breakout performance against UMass. Then it was back to 68.4 points per game and a 42.1 average shooting percentage when Duquesne came to town. The same will be the case in their first meeting with Davidson on Tuesday night—another cold splash of reality for the sinking Rams.
Prediction: Davidson Wildcats (-6.5)
Full-Game Total Pick
The over is 7-1 in the Rams’ last eight games overall and 4-1 in their last five played at home. It’s hard for me to believe the Wildcats will struggle on offense in back-to-back games. Granted, they are only averaging slightly under 70 points per game, but they are also playing against the worst team in the Atlantic 10 Conference. If they can’t get things rolling on offense in this game, hope could be lost for the rest of the season. Take the over in this one.
Prediction: Over (126)