Examining the A10 and if Providence can Hang with Villanova
Today I will analyze whether or not PC (+15.5) can keep up with Villanova, and also dive into a few intriguing A10 games: Davidson at Dayton, VCU at St. Louis. Follow me on twitter @jorcubsdan for injury news and second half updates. All lines used are via 5Dimes at time of publication.
Davidson (-1) @ Dayton
We are indeed living in strange times. Bob McKillop has gone zone at Davidson. The Wildcats made the switch to a near-full-time 2-3 zone after an Atlantic 10 opening loss at Richmond. For perspective, Davidson used a zone on just 56 possessions in the entirety of last season, per Synergy.
Since the switch, Davidson has rattled off five straight league wins, and have clearly positioned themselves as the second-best team in an extremely down A10. However, I’m not certain that McKillop’s switch to zone is the defining reason why the Wildcats are playing well. Yes, the defense has indeed improved, as they’ve only allowed just one offense to exceed 1 point per possession during this win streak (St. Bonaventure). Don’t read too much into that, though. They’ve played mostly poor zone offenses during that strength (except for St. Bonaventure).