The Massachusetts Minutemen (9-12, 3-5 A10) will attempt to snap their nine-game road losing streak in a matchup against the Davidson Wildcats (10-10, 4-4 A10) at Belk Arena. The game will air on CBS Sports Network at 8 p.m. ET on Saturday, February 1, 2020.
Massachusetts Minutemen vs. Davidson Wildcats Betting Prediction
In the Minutemen’s last outing, they defeated the Saint Joseph’s Hawks, 91-76. Massachusetts’ 12.0 turnover percentage was their biggest advantage over Saint Joseph’s, who had a mark of 19.8. The Minutemen’s mark was better than their season average of 17.5, while the Hawks’ was above their season average of 16.2. Samba Diallo was a key piece for Massachusetts with 19 points.
The Wildcats lost a close one to the George Washington Colonials in their last matchup, 107-104. One of George Washington’s largest strengths was getting to the free throw line. They made 38 trips to the line, while Davidson went 26 times. Davidson’s Jon Axel Gudmundsson put together a solid performance, leading the team in scoring with 31 points on 11-for-29 shooting.
After the Minutemen won the lone game against the Wildcats last season, 54-51, these teams will meet for the first time this year. Massachusetts had a much better offensive rebounding percentage (37.1 vs. 17.9). Davidson, meanwhile, had a better free throw rate (0.200 vs. 0.115).
Davidson appears to have the advantage on the offensive side of the ball. The Wildcats rank 94th in offensive efficiency, while Massachusetts ranks 254th in defensive efficiency.
Massachusetts Minutemen at Davidson Wildcats Free Pick
Prediction: ATS Winner – Massachusetts, O/U – Under
Davidson ranks 34th in steals allowed per game (5.3) while Massachusetts ranks 176th (7.4).
The Wildcats rank 117th in rebounds allowed per game (34.4) while the Minutemen rank 229th (37.4).
Massachusetts ranks 28th in three pointers allowed per game (18.4) while Davidson ranks 117th (21.3).
The Wildcats rank 145th in assists per game (13.1) while the Minutemen rank 214th in assists allowed per game (14.5).
Massachusetts ranks 14th in blocks allowed per game (2.3) while Davidson ranks 74th (3.0).
The Minutemen’s average margin of defeat in their last five games has been 4.6, up from 2.0 for the season.
During their last five games, the Wildcats have scored an average of 76.2 points per game (4.5 above their season average) and allowed an average of 70.2 points per game (1.9 above their season average).