This week in Assist Map Mondays, we take a look at another exciting Davidson contest in the A-10. On Saturday, January 26, the Wildcats traveled to Saint Louis and defeated the Billikens 54-53.
Another game, another strong defensive showing by Davidson. The Wildcats held the Billikens to 34.7% from the field, including 6-22 (27.3%) from three. Davidson was able to shoot slightly better than Saint Louis, at a tick of 39.5% from the field and 9-26 (34.6%) from three. A close game was to be expected, as both teams head into this game with identical records of 14-5 overall and 5-1 in the conference. A defensive showdown was also expected, as the Wildcats rank 62nd in the nation in adjusted defensive efficiency, while the Billikens rank 18th.
Despite their poor shooting, Saint Louis did manage to gain an advantage on the offensive boards. Ranking 26th in the nation in offensive rebounding percentage, the Billikens picked up 15 in this game while allowing just four Davidson offensive boards. These boards led to extra possessions for Saint Louis and kept the game close. Down the stretch, however, poor free throw shooting plagued the home team, as they shot just 13-20 (65%) from the line. This includes two crucial misses in the closing seconds that could have tied or won game for Saint Louis. Free throw issues have crippled the Billikens all year, as their cumulative 60.4% ranks 348th out of the 353 Division I teams.
Davidson assisted on 14 of their 17 made buckets, for a great assist percentage of 82.4%. Dusan Kovacevic led the team with a season-high four assists. Two of his assists went toward Jon Axel Gudmundsson’s incredible 27-point total, while the other two went to Kellan Grady and Luke Frampton. Frampton contributed with three assists as well—two going to Jon Axel Gudmundsson and the other going to Bates Jones. KiShawn Pritchett and Carter Collins also distributed two assists each.
Davidson currently stands in second place in the Atlantic 10 with a 6-1 record. Looking down the road, the Wildcats are favored to win every one of their games except for their February 22nd road showdown with Rhode Island, according to KenPom.