Northeastern vs. UNC Wilmington - 2/6/16 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
UNC Wilmington Seahawks (17-5) at Northeastern Huskies (12-12)
College Basketball: Saturday, February 6, 2016 at 7:00 pm (Matthews Arena)
The Line: Northeastern Huskies +2.5 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
TV: NBC Sports Regional Network
The UNC Wilmington Seahawks will travel to Matthews Arena to take on the Northeastern Huskies this Saturday night in College Basketball action.
The UNC Wilmington Seahawks won their 8th straight game and improved to 17-5 (9-2 CAA) on the season after defeating the Hofstra Pride, 70-67, this past Thursday. UNC Wilmington was down by 12 points at halftime but used a 13-2 run late in the 2nd half to get back into the game and got a game winning three-pointer as time expired by Denzel Ingram to complete the comeback victory. UNC Wilmington shot 40.3% from the field and 40.0% (4-10) from beyond the arc. The Seahawks held the Pride to 35.2% shooting from the field and 22.7% (5-22) from three-point range. Leading the way for UNC Wilmington was C.J. Bryce who had 24 points, 5 rebounds, and 3 steals. On the season, the Seahawks have been led by Chris Flemmings (16.6 ppg, 6.5 rpg, 1.8 apg, 1.5 spg), Denzel Ingram (12.7 ppg, 2.0 rpg, 3.0 apg, 1.5 spg), and Craig Ponder (10.5 ppg, 3.1 rpg, 2.2 apg, 1.2 spg). Offensively, UNC Wilmington is averaging 81.4 ppg on 45.5% shooting from the field and 33.0% shooting from beyond the arc. The Seahawks average 6.8 three-pointers per game and have an assist/turnover ratio of 1.20. Defensively, UNC Wilmington is allowing their opponents to average 71.6 ppg on 41.2% shooting. The Seahawks average 5.0 blocks per game and have a turnover margin of 4.5. Quincy Ford is doubtful for the contest due to a neck injury.
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The Northeastern Huskies lost their 5th straight game and dropped to 12-12 (4-7 CAA) on the season after being defeated by the William & Mary Tribe, 86-77, this past Thursday. Northeastern had a 37-31 lead at halftime but didn’t have any answers for William & Mary’s offensive attack in the 2nd half and allowed the Tribe to put up 55 2nd half points in the loss. Northeastern shot 45.6% from the field and 44.4% (12-27) from beyond the arc in the loss. The Huskies allowed the Tribe to shoot 58.9% from the field and lost the turnover battle by a 12-10 margin. Leading the way for Northeastern was Jeremy Miller who had 23 points, 4 rebounds, and an assist. On the season, the Huskies have been led by David Walker (18.5 ppg, 3.8 rpg, 4.2 apg), Quincy Ford (16.7 ppg, 7.1 rpg, 2.4 apg, 1.6 spg), Zach Stahl (11.1 ppg, 6.5 rpg, 2.4 apg). Offensively, Northeastern is averaging 73.8 ppg on 43.7% shooting from the field and 38.1% shooting from beyond the arc. The Huskies average 9.2 three-pointers per game and have an assist/turnover ratio of 1.19. Defensively, Northeastern is allowing their opponents to average 72.4 ppg on 46.2% shooting. The Huskies have a rebound margin of -1.0 and average 6.6 steals per game.
The Seahawks are 5-0 ATS in their last 5 road games and 4-0 ATS in their last 4 games overall. The Huskies are 0-4 ATS in their last 4 games following a ATS loss and 0-7 ATS in their last 7 games vs. a team with a winning straight up record.
UNC Wilmington has been the surprise team of the CAA this season and have been great on the offensive end as they rank 23rd in the country in scoring offense. Northeastern has really struggled as of late, losing 7 of their last 8, and haven’t been the same team without Quincy Ford . Northeastern hasn't played well at home this season and as the UNC Wilmington defense should be able to force some turnovers, I think the Seahawks continue to win and covers this small spread.