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The William & Mary Tribe (14-5) will travel to Philadelphia, PA to take on the Drexel Dragons (11-8). William & Mary are currently on a six-game winning streak and are sitting in first place of the Colonial with a 6-0 conference record. The Tribe continued the streak with a 77-68 win over Delaware as Nathan Knight contributed with 25 points and 14 rebounds for his fifth consecutive double-double. When he’s getting a double-double the team is winning. Thornton Scott chipped in with seven assists, with many to Knight.
Drexel has won four of their last five games and is now 4-2 in the Colonial after turning their season around. Before conference play began, Drexel was just above being a .500 team but that has quickly changed at 11-8 on the season. Drexel held Elon to 41 points last time out in a 63-41 win at home. Camren Wynter scored 27 points to lead Drezel to a 43-20 second half explosion. Elon was winning at halftime, 21-20 but Drexel destroyed in the second half. James Butler contributed with 15 rebounds in the win.
William & Mary Look to Stay Undefeated in Conference PlayWith a 6-0 record in the Colonial, the Tribe will look to continue the six-game win streak on the road against Drexel. William & Mary average 74 points per game and allow 67.3 points against. The Tribe shoot 47.3 percent from the floor and snag 37.4 rebounds as a unit.
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Along with Knight’s 20.3 points and 10.6 rebounds a night, the Tribe also feature 7-foot Andy Van Vliet, who averages 14.5 points and 9.1 rebounds per game. When the offense isn’t run through the two forwards, Luke Loewe will take become the third option with 11.1 points per game. William & Mary shoot 74.5 percent from the charity stripe and 36.6 percent from long range.
Drexel looks to prove they belong at the top of the ColonialAfter a 4-2 start to conference play, Drexel sits near the top of the standings and knows how crucial this game is, at home, to prove that they belong. The Dragons average 69.3 points per game and allow 68.9 points by the opposition. Drexel shoots 43.6 percent from the floor and brings down 36.8 rebounds a game.
Drexel has three scoring options that average double digits in scoring including Wynter, Butler and Zach Walton, who averages 11.9 points per game. Butler averages 12.2 points per game along with 11.9 rebounds a contest and Wynter averages 15.4 points with 5.2 assists per game. The Dragons struggle at the line, shooting 68.9 percent and shoot 35.5 percent from the three-point line.
- Tribe are 5-0 ATS in their last 5 games following a straight up win. Tribe are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 games vs. a team with a winning straight up record.
- Dragons are 1-6 ATS in their last 7 Saturday games. Dragons are 3-9 ATS in their last 12 home games vs. a team with a road winning % of greater than .600.
The Bottom Line What to bet on this game.
Full-Game Side Bet
William & Mary have won six straight games and find themselves at the top of the conference alone. The Tribe are the lone undefeated team in the Colonial conference. Drexel’s defense was stellar against Elon, holding the Phoenix to 20.5 points per half but the Tribe have the Player of the Year candidate in Nathan Knight who averages 20 points himself this season. The rebounding battle between Knight and Butler will be really fun. However, Knight has the advantage as he’s got two inches in height and about 15 lbs in weight over Butler. Butler has averaged over 10 rebounds in his last six games but has struggled finding points recently. Knight isn’t and he’ll have no problem down low with Butler.
Prediction: William & Mary Tribe -3
Full-Game Total Pick
This game will have a little chippy feel to it. This is a big game for both teams. William & Mary look to stay undefeated while Drexel needs this one to prove they’re worthy of being in conversation with William & Mary. The Tribe will get their buckets as they have all year while Drexel will continue to fight for foul calls. Both teams will get a solid amount of free throws. Free points without the clock moving looks like free money to bettors who are taking over.
Prediction: Over 140