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UNCW Seahawks vs. William & Mary Tribe Free Preview 02/22/18

A shootout should be expected when the William & Mary Tribe (16-11, 9-7 CAA) and the UNCW Seahawks (9-19, 6-10 CAA) face off at Kaplan Arena. The game is scheduled to begin at 7 p.m. ET on Thursday, February 22, 2018.

The Over/Under (O/U) for the game opened at 171.5 points with William & Mary set as a 7.5-point favorite.

UNCW Seahawks vs. William & Mary Tribe ATS Prediction

In the Seahawks’ last contest, they were beaten by the Charleston Cougars, 88-74. Charleston’s 0.750 effective field goal percentage was their biggest strength over UNCW, who had a rate of 0.484. The Cougars’ mark was above their season average of 0.515. Devontae Cacok was the game’s leading scorer with 29 points on 13-for-22 shooting.

The Tribe lost a tough one against the Northeastern Huskies in their last contest, 69-67. Northeastern’s free throw rate was their largest advantage over William & Mary. The Huskies had a rate of 0.289 (above their season average of 0.258), while the Tribe posted a mark of 0.229. William & Mary’s Justin Pierce finished with 13 points and seven rebounds in the game.

The high-powered offense of William & Mary will go head-to-head against the porous defense of UNCW. The Tribe rank 13th in offensive efficiency, while the Seahawks are 328th in defensive efficiency. The Tribe should have the edge on that end of the court. Also, the Seahawks rank 35th in offensive rebounding percentage (34.2 percent), while the Tribe rank 49th in defensive rebounding percentage (74.7 percent).

UNCW heads into the game with records of 9-19 straight up (SU) and 9-15-1 against the spread (ATS). Of the Seahawks’ 25 games that accepted bets, 14 have finished over the O/U total.

Meanwhile, William & Mary is 16-11 SU and 15-7 ATS. Much like UNCW, Tribe games also tend to go over the total (59.1 percent).

This will be the second game of the season between these two teams. Pierce put up 23 points and nine rebounds in the first game, in which the Tribe beat the Seahawks 84-81, covering as 1.5-point favorites. The game finished with a total of 165 points, which was just 1.5 points below the projected point total of 166.5 points. William & Mary’s 0.308 free throw rate was their largest strength over UNCW, who had a mark of 0.130.

UNCW Seahawks at William & Mary Tribe ATS Pick

College Basketball Prediction: SU Winner – William & Mary, ATS Winner – UNCW, O/U – Over


Betting Notes:

On the road, UNCW is 4-10-1 ATS with 10 overs and 5 unders.

At home, William & Mary is 5-4 ATS with 8 overs and 1 under.

UNCW ranks eighth in rebounds per game (40.8) while William & Mary ranks 254th (32.8).

The Tribe rank 60th in blocks per game (4.1) while the Seahawks rank 225th (2.0).

UNCW ranks 59th in assists per game (15.4) while William & Mary ranks 224th in assists allowed per game (15.0).

The Tribe rank 57th in three pointers attempted per game (25.0) while the Seahawks rank 194th in three pointers allowed per game (23.0).

Bettings Trends:

In their last five games, UNCW is 4-1 ATS with 3 unders and 2 overs.

William & Mary is 3-2 ATS with 3 overs and 2 unders over their last five games.

The Seahawks have outscored opponents by an average of 4.4 points in their last five games. For the season, UNCW has been defeated by an average of 3.3 points.

During their last five games, the Tribe have scored an average of 78.0 points per game (6.2 below their season average) and allowed an average of 79.6 points per game (1.7 below their season average).

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