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Northeastern vs. Drexel - 1/12/17 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Drexel Dragons (6-10) at Northeastern Huskies (11-5)

College Basketball: Thursday, January 12, 2017 at 7:00 pm (Matthews Arena)

The Line: Northeastern Huskies -12 -- Over/Under: 147.5 See the Latest Odds

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The Drexel Dragons will travel to Matthews Arena to take on the Northeastern Huskies this Thursday night in College Basketball action.

The Drexel Dragons lost their 4th straight game and dropped to 6-10 (0-3 CAA) on the season after being defeated the UNC-Wilmington Seahawks, 90-72, this past Thursday. Drexel had no answers on the defensive end for the Seahawks and couldn’t fight back after trailing by a 49-26 margin at halftime. Drexel allowed UNC-Wilmington to shoot 51.6% from the field and 40.9% (9-22) from beyond the arc in the loss. Leading the way for the Dragons was Rodney Williams who had a double-double with 17 points, 11 rebounds, 2 blocks, and a steal. On the season, Drexel is averaging 75.6 ppg on 42.8% shooting from the field. The Dragons are averaging 7.8 three-pointers per game on 34.2% shooting from the field. Offensviely, Drexel has been led by Rodney Williams (16.8 ppg, 7.1 rpg, 1.2 apg, 1.1 bpg), Kurk Lee (13.9 ppg, 3.8 rpg, 5.1 apg, 1.5 spg), Sammy Mojica (10.3 ppg, 5.8 rpg, 2.1 apg, 1.3 spg), and Miles Overton (9.8 ppg, 1.8 rpg, 1.4 apg). Defensively, Drexel is allowing their opponents to average 76.4 ppg on 45.4% shooting from the field. The Dragons have a rebound margin of 2.1 and a turnover margin of -0.5.

Northeastern vs. Drexel - 1/12/17 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Northeastern Huskies won their 7th straight game and improved to 11-5 (4-0 CAA) on the season after defeating the James Madison Dukes, 64-54, this past Saturday. Northeastern was outstanding defensively and held the led throughout the entire 2nd half after taking a 30-23 halftime lead. Northeastern shot 81.0% (17-21) from the FT-line and won the turnover battle by a 19-10 margin in the victory. Leading the way for the Huskies was T.J. Williams who had 21 points, 7 rebounds, and 5 assists. On the season, Northeastern is averaging 74.2 ppg on 47.1% shooting from the field. The Huskies are averaging 8.5 three-pointers per game on 39.0% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, Northeastern has been led by T.J. Williams (21.1 ppg, 4.9 rpg, 6.0 apg, 1.5 spg), Alex Murphy (14.7 ppg, 5.3 rpg, 2.1 apg), Jeremy Miller (9.5 ppg, 5.1 rpg, 1.3 bpg), and Devon Begley (8.5 ppg, 3.4 rpg, 3.4 apg, 1.4 spg). Defensively, Northeastern is allowing their opponents to average 68.6 ppg on 43.9% shooting from the field. The Huskies have a rebound margin of 2.3 and a turnover margin of -0.6.

The Dragons are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 road games and 0-4 ATS in their last 4 games overall. The Huskies are 3-0-1 ATS in their last 4 home games and 6-0 ATS in their last 6 games overall.

Drexel comes into this matchup losing 6 of their last 8 games and has struggled on both ends of the court this season as the Dragons rank just 249th in FG% and 267th in defensive FG%. Northeastern has been on a roll since their upset victories at Michigan State and Oakland and has been solid on the offensive end as they rank 63rd in FG% and 42nd in 3P-FG %. Drexel played Northeastern tough at home just last week however, Northeastern is 5-0 this season at home and as they have beaten CAA opponents by an average of 22 ppg at home this season, I think the Huskies covering this large spread in the play. Take Northeastern to cover. 

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