Northeastern vs. William & Mary - 2/4/16 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
William & Mary Tribe (15-6) at Northeastern Huskies (12-11)
College Basketball: Thursday, February 4, 2016 at 7:00 pm (Matthews Arena)
The Line: Northeastern Huskies +1 -- Over/Under: 145.5 See the Latest Odds
TV: NBC Sports Regional Network
The William & Mary Tribe will travel to Matthews Arena to take on the Northeastern Huskies this Thursday night in College Basketball action.
The William & Mary Tribe won their 2nd straight game and improved to 15-6 (7-3 CAA) on the season after defeating the James Madison Dukes, 68-62, this past Sunday. William & Mary was down by double-digits at halftime but outscored James Madison by a 42-24 margin in the 2nd half to pick up the come from behind victory. William & Mary shot 43.4% from the field and won the turnover battle by a 15-7 margin. The Tribe held the Dukes to 39.1% shooting from the field and 26.5% (9-34) shooting from beyond the arc. Leading the way for William & Mary was Omar Prewitt who had 16 points, 5 rebounds, 3 assists, and 5 steals. On the season, the Tribe have been led by Omar Prewitt (16.7 ppg, 5.7 rpg, 3.0 apg), Daniel Dixon (13.9 ppg, 3.8 rpg, 1.8 apg), and Terry Tarpey (10.9 ppg, 7.6 rpg, 2.4 apg, 2.4 spg, 1.5 bpg). Offensively, William & Mary is averaging 76.4 ppg on 48.2% shooting from the field and 38.2% shooting from beyond the arc. The Tribe is averaging 8.1 three-pointers per game and have an assist/turnover ratio of 1.52. Defensively, William & Mary is allowing their opponents to average 69.8 ppg on 41.1% shooting. The Tribe average 5.0 blocks per game and have a turnover margin of -0.6.
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The Northeastern Huskies lost their 4th consecutive game and dropped to 12-11 (4-6 CAA) on the season after being defeated by the Elon Phoenix, 71-67, this past Saturday. Northeastern had a 40-29 halftime lead in this one but struggled offensively in the 2nd half and couldn’t hold on for the win after Elon took the lead with just over a minute left to play. Northeastern shot 39.7% from the field and 45.8% (11-24) from beyond the arc in the loss. The Huskies allowed the Phoenix to shoot 46.4% from the field and was outrebounded by Elon by a 44-29 margin. Leading the way for Northeastern was David Walker who had 25 points, 3 rebounds, 2 assists, and 3 steals. On the season, the Huskies have been led by David Walker (18.5 ppg, 3.7 rpg, 4.0 apg, 1.7 spg), Quincy Ford (16.7 ppg, 7.1 rpg, 2.4 apg, 1.6 spg), and Zach Stahl (11.3 ppg, 6.5 rpg, 2.4 apg). Offensviely, Northeastern is averaging 73.7 ppg on 43.6% shooting from the field and 37.8% shooting from beyond the arc. The Huskies average 9.0 three-pointers per game and have an assist/turnover ratio of 1.17. Defensively, Northeastern is allowing their opponents to average 71.8 ppg on 45.7% shooting. The Huskies have a rebound margin of -0.9 and average 6.6 steals per game.
The Tribe are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 Thursday games and 8-2 ATS in their last 10 road game. The Huskies are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games following a ATS loss and 0-4 ATS in their last 4 home games.
William & Mary got a huge conference win against James Madison in their recent victory and have been one of the better shooting teams in the country this season as they rank 25th in the country in FG % and 34th in 3P FG %. Northeastern has lost 6 of their last 7 games (including two in OT) and continue to struggle to find production from players outside of David Walker and Quincy Ford. William & Mary is a solid team but they are just 5-5 away from home this season and as the Huskies should be well-rested and prepared for the Tribe I think the Huskies will be able to pick up the big conference win at home.