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The St. Joseph’s Hawks have gotten past Duquesne after their Atlantic-10 Conference Tournament Round 2 encounter on Thursday night at the Barclay’s Center in Brooklyn, NY, and they’ll be rewarded for their efforts with a battle against the Davidson Wildcats who hold the 2-seed in the event.
This 6 p.m. ET tip in the Big Apple will launch the back-half of a full day of action that will have 8 teams making up the quarterfinals, as we will already know which two programs will be facing off in the first semifinal from the two earlier afternoon affairs in the Empire State.
The Wildcats came away with a 14 – 4 A-10 record and finished two games behind VCU for the top-seed in the conference tourney as the top-4 teams landed byes to the QFs. Davidson carries a modest 3-game win streak into the A-10 Tourney although the two teams split their regular season series.
Hawks Looking To Advance To Back-To-Back Semifinal Appearances
The Hawks and Phil Martelli got to the Atlantic-10 Conference Tournament semifinals last season, although they were 10 – 8 in conference play a year ago while only managing a 6 – 12 conference record this season.
The Hawks broke out the offense against Duquesne in their 2nd round win, finding 92 points while both teams shot the hell out of the ball. St. Joe’s took a 49 – 43 halftime lead and the two basically traded blows to an even second-half, as they combined to put up 53 3-point shots.
— Atlantic 10 MBB (@A10MBB) March 15, 2019
St. Joe’s ended the game converting 11 of their 29 attempts from behind the arc, and went 29 of 61 from the floor (47.5%) while hitting 23 of their 26 free throws.
Leading scorer Charlie Brown Jr. took in 28 points with a 10 of 14 shooting performance taking in 8 rebounds while playing all 40 minutes of the game. He and Lamarr Kimble both played the entire game, although Kimble struggled big-time going 2 for 13 from the floor with only 9 points.
Jared Bynum landed 16 points while finding 9 of those from the charity stripe, as he averaged 11.3 PPG this year for St. Joe’s.
Chris Clover found his way to 15 points on a 6 of 9 shooting night, while 17 points came from 3 subs for coach Martelli.
Davidson Looking To Continue Their Run Of Semifinal Appearances At A-10 Tourney
The Wildcats joined the Atlantic-10 Conference in 2014, and in each and every year they have been here, they have reached the semifinals of the conference tournament, including a win in last year’s version of the show that was held at Capital One Arena in Washington, DC.
— David Scott (@davidscott14) March 12, 2019
Jon Axel Gudmundsson ended the season leading the Cats putting up 17.2 PPG, and he closed out the regular season putting up 15 straight double-digit outings. Gudmundsson was only held to less than 10 points twice all season, as he also leads the squad in.. uh, everything else too! Obviously, you can see that he took home the A-10 POY honors from the tweet I hit you with from their team page.
Goodness man, Gudmundsson grabs 7.3 boards, dishes out 4.7 assists, thieves 1.5 steals and converts 82.4% from the free throw line. BOOM! I mean, go ahead and be a leader, will ya!?! Yeah, I will thanks!
Sophomore guard Kellen Grady found his way 17.1 PPG himself, and whatever categories Gudmundsson’s leads the team in, Grady is pretty much 2nd to him in all of them. Grady takes in 4.3 boards, hands out a couple of assists a night, and in 12 of his 20 games where he found double-digits, he landed 20+ points and does it all too.
Luka Brajkovic (10.8) and Luke Frampton (10.3) also averaged double-digits this year for Davidson, as they both can be seen around the glass for head coach Bob McKillop who always has his kids emphasizing rebounding.
McKillop has only been with Davidson for 30 years, so I am thinking he knows a thing or two about finding ways to win games at this point, and now we are really seeing what his program is about on a national stage in the Big Apple this weekend. Oh, he is a native of Queens, by the way, so being in Brooklyn for the A-10 Tourney has got to feel nice baby, welcome home my friend! (Yeah, me being from here too, thanks)
• Over is 6-2 in Wildcats last 8 vs. Atlantic 10.
• Over is 5-1 in Wildcats last 6 Friday games.
• Wildcats are 6-1 ATS in their last 7 games following an ATS loss.
• Hawks are 2-10 ATS in their last 12 games following an ATS win.
• Over is 4-1 in Hawks last 5 neutral site games.
• Over is 5-2 in the last 7 meetings.
The Bottom Line What to bet on this game.
Full-Game Side Bet
I actually thought Martelli might lose the opener at the A-10 Tourney, but, of course, he found a way to win at least one game.
That will be the only win the Hawks find here in New York, and they can can start planning their trip back to PA.
Prediction: Davidson -6
Full-Game Total Pick
I am thinking that if Duquesne and St. Joe’s can get into that kind of brawl, than what can these two give us?
Another show, and I see the Wildcats coming away with a 77 – 69 win that gets us over the number offered by the line setters for this 3rd game of the day in the Big Apple at the A-10 Tourney.
Prediction: Over 139