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UNC Wilmington vs. Drexel - 1/2/18 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Drexel Dragons (6-8) at UNC Wilmington Seahawks (3-10)

College Basketball: Tuesday, January 2, 2018 at 7:00 pm (Trask Coliseum)

The Line: UNC Wilmington Seahawks -2 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds

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The Drexel Dragons will travel to Trask Coliseum to take on the UNC-Wilmington Seahawks this Tuesday night in College Basketball action.

The Drexel Dragons lost their 2nd straight game and dropped to 6-8 (0-1 CAA) on the season after being defeated by the Elon Phoenix, 90-75, this past Saturday. Drexel fell behind early in this one and was down by the double-digits for the majority of the game in the loss. Drexel allowed Elon to shoot 49.1% from the field and 46.7% (14-30) from beyond the arc. Leading the way for the Dragons was Kurk Lee who had 18 points, 4 rebounds, and 4 assists. On the season, Drexel is averaging 71.9 ppg on 41.6% shooting from the field. The Dragons are averaging 7.4 three-pointers per game on 33.1% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, Drexel has been led by Tramaine Isabell (19.5 ppg, 8.1 rpg, 3.0 apg, 1.5 spg), Kurk Lee (13.6 ppg, 3.9 rpg, 3.9 apg), Sammy Mojica (12.4 ppg, 3.9rpg, 1.6 apg, 1.4 spg), and Alihan Demir (10.3 ppg, 5.9 rpg, 1.9 apg). Defensively, Drexel is allowing their opponents to an average of 75.0 ppg on 44.4% shooting from the field. The Dragons have a rebound margin of 4.1 and a turnover margin of -1.6.

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UNC Wilmington vs. Drexel - 1/2/18 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The UNC-Wilmington Seahawks dropped to 3-10 (0-1 CAA) on the season after being defeated by the Delaware Blue Hens, 58-56, this past Saturday. In a tight back and forth game in the 2nd half, UNC-Wilmington couldn’t pull off the victory after being held to just two points over the final 3:21 of regulation. UNC-Wilmington shot just 34.8% from the field and 12.5% (2-16) from beyond the arc in the loss. Leading the way for the Seahawks was Jordon Talley who had 15 points, 5 rebounds, 4 assists, and a steal. On the season, UNC-Wilmington is averaging 79.3 ppg on 43.4% shooting from the field. The Seahawks are averaging 79.3 ppg on 43.4% shooting from the field. The Seahawks are averaging 7.1 three-pointers per game on 32.9% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, UNC-Wilmington has been led by Devontae Cacok (17.7 ppg, 13.2 rpg, 1.2 apg), Jordon Talley (15.8 ppg, 2.6 rpg, 5.8 apg), Ty Taylor II (12.2 ppg, 4.8 rpg, 1.8 apg), and Jaylen Fornes (10.8 ppg, 3.8 rpg, 1.8 apg). Defensively, UNC-Wilmington is allowing their opponents to average 84.8 ppg on 47.5% shooting from the field. The Seahawks have a rebound margin of 5.6 and a turnover margin of -2.5.

The Dragons are 4-10-1 ATS in their last 15 games overall and 0-7 ATS in their last 7 games vs. CAA opponents. The Seahawks are 7-18-1 ATS in their last 26 games overall and 0-5 ATS in their last 5 home games.

Drexel has picked up some nice wins this season against Houston and Rider, however, the Dragons have really struggled overall and come into this game ranked T-242nd in both scoring offense and defense. UNC-Wilmington has one of the best big men in the country in Devontae Cacok, who leads all of college basketball in rebounding, however, it’s been a tough year for the Seahawks as they’ve really struggled defensively, coming into this matchup ranked 340th in scoring defense and 313th in defensive FG%. It’s bene a long season for the Seahawks, however, Drexel is just 2-8 away from home this season and as I think the UNC-Wilmington offense will be able to put up plenty of points in this one, I’m taking the Seahawks to cover this small spread at home.   

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