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Hofstra vs. Delaware - 12/31/15 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Delaware Blue Hens (5-6) at Hofstra Pride (8-4)

College Basketball: Thursday, December 31, 2015 at 1:00 pm (Hofstra Arena)

The Line: Hofstra Pride -11 -- Over/Under: 145.5 See the Latest Odds

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The Delaware Blue Hens will travel to Mack Sports Complex to take on the Hofstra Pride this Thursday afternoon in College Basketball action.

The Delaware Blue Hens lost their 3rd straight game and dropped to 5-6 (0-0 CAA) on the season after being defeated by the Buffalo Bulls, 99-79, this past Tuesday. Delaware struggled defensively and couldn’t get the necessary stops needed to fight back from their 45-29 halftime deficit. Delaware shot 44.1% from the field and 25.0% (3-12) from beyond the arc in the loss. The Blue Hens allowed the Bulls to shoot 50.0% from the field and 36.7% (11-30) form three-point range. Leading the way for Delaware was Marvin King-Davis who had a double-double with 19 points, 10 rebounds, and 2 assists. On the season, the Blue Hens have been led by Kory Holden (17.8 ppg, 2.8 rpg, 4.2 apg), Cazmon Hayes (14.4 ppg, 6.3 rpg, 1.5 apg, 1.3 spg), and Marvin King-Davis (13.3 ppg, 8.9 rpg). Offensviely, Delaware is averaging 66.0 ppg on 39.3% shooting from the field and 31.9% shooting from beyond the arc. The Blue Hens average 6.1 three-pointers per game and have an assist/turnover ratio of 0.89. Defensively, Delaware is allowing an average of 71.9 ppg on 42.7% shooting. The Blue Hens have a rebound margin of 5.7 and a turnover margin of -3.2.

Hofstra vs. Delaware - 12/31/15 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Hofstra Pride won their 2nd straight game and improved to 8-4 (0-0 CAA) on the season after defeating the Sacred Heart Pioneers, 80-73, this past Monday. Hofstra surprisingly found themselves down to the one win Pioneers, 41-37, at halftime but outscored the Sacred Heart by a 43-32 margin in the 2nd half to secure the win. Hofstra shot 41.9% from the field and struggled from behind the arc shooting just 29.6% (8-27). The Pride allowed the Pioneers to shoot 48.3% from the field and 33.3% (6-18) from three-point range. Leading the way for Hofstra was Juan’ya Green who had 22 points, 5 rebounds, 6 assists, and 2 steals. On the season, the Pride have been led by Juan’ya Green (17.0 ppg, 2.6 rpg, 6.2 apg), Ameen Tanksley (16.7 ppg, 5.7 rpg), and Brian Bernardi (15.3 ppg, 2.1 rpg, 1.6 apg, 1.1 spg). Offensviely, Hofstra is averaging 80.6 ppg on 44.3% shooting from the field and 38.5% shooting from beyond the arc. The Pride average 9.2 three-pointers per game and have an assist/turnover ratio of 1.23. Defensively, Hofstra is allowing their opponents to average 75.8 ppg on 44.7% shooting. The Pride have a rebound margin of 0.3 and a turnover margin of 1.5.

The Blue Hens are 11-2-1 ATS In their last 14 games following a straight up loss and 5-1 ATS in their last 6 vs. CAA opponents. The Pride are 3-1-1 ATS in their last 5 games vs. a team with a losing straight up record however, just 4-11 ATS in their last 15 home games.

Delaware is steadily improving under head coach Monte Ross however, the Blue Hens are still a young team that can struggle offensively and commit too many turnovers. Hofstra has gotten off to a bit of a slow start, but they still should be one of the top teams in the CAA and have one of the league’s best players in Juan’ya Green. Delaware has struggled on the road this season as they are just 2-6 with an average loss of 17.5 ppg and I think Juan’ya Green will be able to get the Pride a 15-20 point victory in this one. Take Hofstra to cover. 

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