UNC Wilmington Seahawks vs. Delaware Blue Hens Pick-Odds-Prediction 2/26/14
Delaware Blue Hens (20-9) at UNC Wilmington Seahawks (9-21)
College Basketball: Wednesday, February 26, 2014 at 7:00 pm (Trask Coliseum)
The Line: UNC Wilmington Seahawks +4.5 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
Storyline: Delaware looks to lockdown the CAA and lengthen its one-game lead over Towson when it takes the road to face off with North-Carolina-Wilmington Wednesday.
The Breakdown: The Fightin Blue Hens sit atop the conference at 12-2 and come in off a 69-65 home loss to Drexel Sunday, in which they were outshot from floor 41.0 percent to 39.1 percent and from outside the arc 27.3 percent to 22.7 percent. Delaware also conceded a 42-33 advantage on the boards and converted 10 of 13 from the free throw line. Senior G Devon Saddler scored a team-high 20 points to go along with 5 rebounds and 3 assists. Senior G Davon Usher had 19 points, including 3 of 7 from downtown, and freshman G Cazmon Hayes added 10 points off the bench. On the season, Delaware is averaging 79.2 ppg on 44.0 percent shooting. Saddler leads the team in scoring with 20.4 ppg, followed by Usher at 19.8 ppg.
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Meanwhile, UNC-Wilmington improved to 3-12 in the CAA after its 57-55 double overtime victory over Charleston Saturday. The Seahawks were outshot from the floor 36.8 percent to 33.3 percent, but topped the Cougars from outside the arc 23.5 percent to 20.0 percent. UNCW also finished with a 41-40 rebounding edge and converted 13 of 20 from the free throw line, while forcing 15 turnovers. Senior F Shayne Reybold had a game-high 15 points and 10 rebounds, sophomore F Dylan Sherwood scored 11 points off the bench, and sophomore G Craig Ponder added 7 points off the bench. Through 30 games, the Seahawks are averaging 63.0 ppg on 40.7 percent shooting. Junior F Cedrick Williams leads the team with 12.1 ppg, followed by junior G Addison Spruill at 9.6 ppg.
Rick’s Pick: The line in this one is currently set at -4.5 for Delaware. When these two squared off three weeks ago, Delaware scored a narrow 65-64 road victory and the two have literally gone in opposite directions since, with UNCW now residing at the bottom of the CAA and the Fightin Blue Hens at the top of it. Look for Delaware to cover.