The Atlantic 10 championship tournament tips off Wednesday from the Barclays Centers in Brooklyn, New York with the bottom four seeds battling for two spots in the next round. We dig into this pair of matchups and the best bets for Wednesday’s A10 tournament betting odds.
Odds: UMass -4.5, 139.5 at FanDuel Sportsbook
Start Time: 1 p.m. ET, Barclays Center, New York
Season Series: GW 1-0, GW 1-0 ATS, 1-0 O/U
Don’t hold out for fireworks to get the A10 tournament started. Neither No. 12 George Washington or No. 13 UMass have explosive offenses, with the Colonials bringing up the rear in terms of points per game (63.6) in the conference. And while the Minutemen have seen an uptick in scoring to close out the regular season campaign, their offensive numbers take a dive away from home.
Massachusetts puts up just over 69 points per outing away from Amherst while shooting a tick over 42 percent from the field in foreign gyms. They managed only 67 points on 40-percent shooting in a 79-67 loss at George Washington on February 20, scoring just 25 points in the first half – a slow-starting trend that has shown up in their most recent performances.
The Minutemen averaged just 28.25 first-half points over their final four regular season contests, then erupted for an average of 42.5 points in the second half of those games. In its two most recent performances, UMass put up 25 and 36 in the opening 20 minutes then woke up for tallies of 50 and 51 points in the second half.
With slow starts part of UMass’ DNA, and GW not putting up much of a fight, look to bet the first-half Under 65.5 in this A10 tournament opener Wednesday afternoon.
Odds: Richmond -4, 135 at FanDuel Sportsbook
Start Time: 3:30 p.m. ET Barclays Center, New York
Season Series: RICH 1-0, FOR 1-0 ATS, 1-0 O/U
Richmond may be the No. 11 seed in the Atlantic 10 tournament bracket, but the Spiders are playing well beyond that station in recent games and well beyond their years, currently ranked among the youngest programs in the country when they face No. 14 Fordham Wednesday afternoon.
Richmond finished the regular season with a daunting slate, including matchups with conference-leaders Davidson and VCU. The Spiders lost each of those meetings with the top-tier teams, but covered the spread as home underdogs, most recently a 73-69 defeat to the Wildcats. The final five games of the schedule also included three road trips, and left Richmond bettors with a 3-2 ATS mark rolling into the postseason.
Richmond is powered by sophomore standout Grant Golden, who averages more than 17 points per game. However, he’s getting help from freshmen guards Jake Wojcik and Andre Gustavson, who combined to average more than 14 points in the final three games of the season. Along with sophomore Jacob Gilyard in the backcourt, the Spiders play a very efficient style (25th in effective FG percentage) and don’t give up much in the way of free possessions to opponents (10.5 TO/G – 19th).
By this time of the year, freshmen are “freshmen” in title only and the Spiders are all grown up. Richmond -4 is worth a good long look against the spread versus Fordham and even perhaps a long-shot flyer at 75/1 to win the A10 championship.