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Northeastern vs. Delaware - 1/7/16 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Delaware Blue Hens (5-8) at Northeastern Huskies (10-5)

College Basketball: Thursday, January 7, 2016 at 7:00 pm (Matthews Arena)

The Line: Northeastern Huskies -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds

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The Delaware Blue Hens will travel to Matthews Arena to take on the Northeastern Huskies this Thursday night in College Basketball action.

The Delaware Blue Hens lost their 5th straight game and dropped to 5-8 (0-2 CAA) on the season after being defeated by the James Madison Dukes, 73-63, this past Saturday. Delaware struggled offensively in this one as they fell behind 30-25 at halftime and never was able to cut the lead to single digits in the 2nd half. Delaware shot just 31.7% from the field and 16.7% (4-24) from beyond the arc in the loss. The Blue Hens allowed the Dukes to shoot 40.6% (13-22) from beyond the arc and was outrebounded by James Madison by a 44-37 margin. Leading the way for Delaware was Anthony Mosley who had a double-double with 16 points, 11 rebounds, 2 assists, 1 steal, and a block. On the season, the Blue Hens have been led by Kory Holden (16.6 ppg, 2.7 rpg, 4.3 apg), Cazmon Hayes (14.8 ppg, 6.3 rpg, 1.3 spg), and Marvin King-Davis (13.4 ppg, 8.8 rpg, 1.1 apg). Offensively, Delaware is averaging 66.8 ppg on 39.2% shooting from the field and 31.0% shooting from beyond the arc. The Blue Hens average 6.0 three-pointers per game and have an assist/turnover ratio of 0.92. Defensively, Delaware is allowing their opponents to average 73.4 ppg on 42.8% shooting. The Blue Hens have a rebound margin of 4.7 and a turnover margin of -2.6.

Northeastern vs. Delaware - 1/7/16 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Northeastern Huskies won their 2nd consecutive game and improved to 10-5 (2-0 CAA) on the season after defeating the UNC Wilmington Seahawks, 65-63, this past Saturday. Northeastern had a 10-point lead in the 2nd half but needed a layup by Jeremy Miller in the closing seconds to secure the victory. Northeastern shot 40.4% from the field and 84.2% (16-19) from the FT line in the win. The Huskies held the Seahawks to 39.0% shooting from the field and outrebounded UNC Wilmington by a 39-33 margin. Leading the way for Northeastern was Quincy Ford who had a double-double with 18 points, 14 rebounds, 3 assists, 1 steal, and a block. On the season, the Huskies have been led by David Walker (19.1 ppg, 4.0 rpg, 3.9 apg, 1.6 spg), Quincy Ford (17.3 ppg, 7.6 rpg, 2.6 apg, 1.7 spg, 1.1 bpg), and Zach Stahl (12.7 ppg, 5.9 rpg, 1.9 apg, 1.0 spg). Offensively, Northeastern is averaging 74.8 ppg on 44.8% shooting from the field and 38.6% shooting from beyond the arc. The Huskies average 8.7 three-pointers per game and have an assist/turnover ratio of 1.03. Defensively, Northeastern is allowing their opponents to average 71.2 ppg on 45.9% shooting. The Huskies have a rebound margin of 3.0 and a turnover margin of -0.7.

The Blue Hens are 5-0 ATS in their last 5 Thursday games and 12-3-1 ATS in their last 16 games following a straight up loss. The Huskies are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 vs. CAA opponents and 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games overall.

Delaware has really struggled on the defensive end in their five game losing streak as they are allowing their opponents to average 81.8 ppg. Northeastern has had a nice start to their season and should be one of the CAA favorites this season with the duo of David Walker and Quincy Ford leading the way. Northeastern has been outstanding on the offensive end this season and rank 37th in the country in three-point FG %. Northeastern already has a signature win with its victory at Miami  and as the Blue Hens are young without much depth (4 players play 30+ min per game), I think the Delaware defensive will once again struggle as the game goes on and that Northeastern wins this one by double-digits. The line has yet to be posted for this one but unless Northeastern is favored by 12+ points, I’m going with the Huskies.  

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