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Hofstra Pride vs. Northeastern Huskies - 2/12/15 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Northeastern Huskies (16-9) at Hofstra Pride (16-9)

College Basketball: Thursday, February 12, 2015 at 7:00 pm (Hofstra Arena)

The Line: Hofstra Pride -6 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds

TV: NBCSN

The Northeastern Huskies will travel to the Mack Sports Complex to take on the Hofstra Pride this Thursday night in College Basketball action.

The Northeastern Huskies dropped to 16-9 (8-4 CAA) on the season after being defeated by the Delaware Blue Hens, 73-68, this past Saturday. Northeastern shot 44.0% from the field and 18.8% (3-16) from beyond the arc in the loss. Leading the way for the Huskies was T.J. Williams who had 18 points, 2 assists, and 3 steals. Northeastern is ranked 128th in the RPI Standings and has played the 215th ranked SOS. On the season, the Huskies have been led by Scott Eatherton (14.4 ppg, 6.5 rpg, 1.6 apg) and David Walker (11.9 ppg, 3.0 rpg, 2.9 apg). Northeastern is averaging 67.5 ppg (ranked 176th) on 47.3% shooting (ranked 31st). The Huskies average 14.2 apg (ranked 73rd) and shoot 71.2% from the free-throw line (ranked 89th) Northeastern is holding their opponents to an average of 64.6 ppg (ranked 128th) on 44.1% shooting (ranked 242nd). The Huskies pull down 25.4 defensive rpg (ranked 68th) and have a rebound margin of 4.8 (ranked 43rd).

Hofstra Pride vs. Northeastern Huskies - 2/12/15 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Hofstra Pride improved to 16-9 (7-5 CAA) on the season after defeating the Elon Phoenix, 80-69, this past Saturday. Hofstra shot 44.8% from the field and 34.8% (8-23) from beyond the arc in the victory. Leading the way for the Pride was Dion Nesmith who had 22 points, 1 assist, and 3 steals. Hofstra is ranked 185th in the RPI Standings and has played the 323rd ranked SOS. On the season, the Pride have been led by Ameen Tanksley (17.7 ppg, 6.2 rpg, 1.4 spg) and Juan'ya Green (17.4 ppg, 4.5 rpg, 6.4 apg). Hofstra is averaging 78.5 ppg (ranked 18th) on 43.9% shooting (ranked 155th). The Pride average 9.2 three-pointers per game (ranked 11th) on 37.3% three-point shooting (ranked 56th). Hofstra is holding their opponents to an average of 69.4 ppg (ranked 261st) on 42.9% shooting (ranked 183rd). The Pride average 37.24 total rpg (ranked 55th) and have a rebound margin of 2.0 (ranked 125th).

The Huskies are 7-1 ATS in their last 8 games vs. a team with a winning S.U. record however, just 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games overall. The Pride are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games overall and 1-6 ATS in their last 7 home games.

Hofstra have dropped 5 of their last 8 however and has struggled against the top-tier teams in the CAA as they are just 1-4 against the top 4 teams in the CAA. Northeastern dropped a disappointing game at home against a weak Delaware team as they were outrebounded by a 37-28 margin and shot just 18.8% from beyond the arc. I imagine this will be a high scoring affair but I think Northeastern is the better team here, and this one will come down to the buzzer. Take Northeastern and the points. 

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Northeastern Huskies +6

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