Northeastern vs. William & Mary - 2/17/18 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
William & Mary Tribe (16-10) at Northeastern Huskies (18-9)
College Basketball: Saturday, February 17, 2018 at 4:00 pm (Matthews Arena)
The Line: Northeastern Huskies -6 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
The William & Mary Tribe will travel to Matthews Arena to take on the Northeastern Huskies this Saturday afternoon in College Basketball action.
The William & Mary Tribe dropped to 16-10 (9-6 CAA) on the season after being defeated by the Hofstra Pride, 90-84, this past Thursday. William & Mary had no answers on the defensive end for Hofstra and trailed by at least 5-points throughout the 2nd half after entering halftime down by a 48-36 margin. William & Mary allowed Hofstra to shoot 47.6% from the field and only forced the Pride into committing 8 turnovers in the loss. Leading the way for the Tribe was Justin Pierce who had a double-double with 24 points, 14 rebounds, and 2 assists. On the season, William & Mary is averaging 84.8 ppg on 50.7% shooting from the field. The Tribe are averaging 11.0 three-pointers per game on 43.8% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, William & Mary has been led by Nathan Knight (18.3 ppg, 7.4 rpg, 2.2 apg, 2.2 bpg), Justin Pierce (15.2 ppg, 9.0 rpg, 2.4 apg, 1.0 spg), David Cohn (13.9 ppg, 2.6 rpg, 6.5 apg, 1.6 spg), and Matt Milon (12.9 ppg, 2.5 rpg, 1.3 apg). Defensively, William & Mary is allowing their opponents to average 81.8 ppg on 48.9% shooting from the field. The Tribe have a rebound margin of 0.4 and a turnover margin of -1.7.
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The Northeastern Huskies won their 4th consecutive game and improved to 18-9 (11-4 CAA) on the season after defeating the Drexel Dragons, 75-69, this past Thursday. Northeastern led by a 43-33 margin at halftime and had no trouble securing the victory after taking a 64-50 lead with 7:32 left in regulation. Northeastern shot 42.6% from the field and won the turnover battle by a 16-7 margin in the win. Leading the way for the Huskies was Vasa Pusica who had 24points, 1 rebound, and 3 assists. On the season, Northeastern is averaging 74.6 ppg on 48.0% shooting from the field. The Huskies are averaging 8.9 three-pointers per game on 37.0% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, Northeastern has been led by Vasa Pusica (17.0 ppg, 3.3 rpg, 5.0 apg, 1.1 spg), Shawn Occeus (10.0 ppg, 2.3 rpg, 1.8 apg, 2.0 spg), Donnell Gresham Jr. (9.3 ppg, 4.0 rpg, 1.7 apg), and Bolden Brace (8.0 ppg, 4.9 rpg, 2.1 apg). Defensively, Northeastern is allowing their opponents to average 69.8 ppg on 45.8% shooting from the field. The Huskies have a rebound margin of 1.3 and a turnover margin of -1.1.
The Tribe are 7-2 ATS in their last 9 road games and 35-14-2 ATS in their last 51 games following a straight up loss. The Huskies are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games vs. a team with a winning straight up record however, are just 1-5 ATS in their last 6 games overall.
William & Mary have lost 3 of their last 4 games and although they have an offense that ranks 13th in scoring offense, 6th in FG%, and 1st in 3P-FG%, the Tribe have had issues stopping the ball as they current rank just 336th in scoring defense and 337th in defensive FG%. Northeastern has won 8 of their last 10 games and have been solid on both ends of the court as the Huskies rank 37th in FG%, 71st in three-pointers made per game, and 113th in scoring defense. Northeastern is 10-2 at home on the season and as the offense had no trouble putting up 90 points against the Tribe in their 20-point road victory in mid-January, I think the Huskies do enough to cover this mid-range spread at home. Take Northeastern to cover.