Alabama Crimson Tide (2-0) at Northeastern Huskies (1-1)
College Basketball: Thursday, November 15, 2018 at 2:00 pm (TD Arena)
The Line: Northeastern Huskies +3.5 -- Over/Under: Click to Get Latest Betting Odds
The Alabama Crimson Tide & Northeastern Huskies will face off this Thursday afternoon at TD Arena in the Charleston Classic.
The Alabama Crimson Tide improved to 2-0 on the young season after defeating the Appalachian State Mountaineers, 81-73, this past Sunday. Alabama struggled defensively agianst the Mountaineers however, was able to pull away for the victory after a 10-0 Crimson Tide run gave Alabama a 64-57 lead with 7:32 left in regulation. Alabama won despite shooting just 38.5% from the field while allowing Appalachian State to shoot 49.0% from the field & 60.0% from beyond the arc. Alabama won the rebound battle by 45-39 margin and forced the Mountaineers into committing 22 turnovers in the victory. Leading the way for the Crimson Tide was Kira Lewis Jr. who had 21 points, 4 rebounds, and an assist.
On the season, Alabama is averaging 81.5 ppg on 43.3% shooting from the field. The Crimson Tide are averaging 7.0 three-pointers per game on 35.0% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, Alabama has been led by Donta Hall (16.0 ppg, 8.5 rpg, 1.5 bpg), John Petty (15.0 ppg, 4.0 rpg, 1.5 apg), and Kira Lewis Jr. (13.5 ppg, 3.0 rpg, 4.0 apg). Defensively, Alabama is allowing their opponents to average 67.5 ppg on 43.4% shooting from the field. The Crimson Tide have a rebound margin of 10.0 and a turnover margin of 3.5.
The Northeastern Huskies improved to 1-1 on the season after defeating the Harvard Crimson, 81-71, this past Friday night. Northeastern was outstanding on the offensive end against a very good Harvard team and pulled away late after a 7-0 run gave the Huskies a 74-64 lead with :51 seconds left in regulation. Northeastern shot 52.2% from the field and 56.5% (13-23) from beyond the arc in the victory. Northeastern won the rebound margin by a 28-22 margin however, did lose the turnover battle by a 16-14 margin in the loss. Leading the way for the Huskies was Jordan Roland who had 35 points (7-10 3PM-3PA), 3 rebounds, 2 assists, and a steal in 30 minutes from off the bench.
On the season, Northeastern is averaging 77.5 ppg on 48.0% shooting from the field. The Huskies are averaging 9.5 three-pointers per game on 39.6% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, Northeastern has been led by Jordan Roland (21.0 ppg, 1.5 rpg, 2.0 apg), Vasa Pusica (20.5 ppg, 2.5 rpg, 4.5 apg, 1.5 spg), and Donnell Gresham Jr. (9.5 ppg, 4.5 rpg, 3.5 apg, 1.5 spg). Defensively, Northeastern is holding their opponents to an average of 74.0 ppg on 50.0% shooting from the field. The Huskies have a rebound margin of -1.0 and a turnover margin of -0.5.
The Crimson Tide are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 Thursday games however, just 3-8-1 ATS in their last 12 non-conference games. The Huskies are 4-9 ATS in their last 13 games vs. a team with a winning & above .600 and 0-4 ATS in their last 4 Thursday games.
Alabama is a solid team that has done a nice job on boards early in the season, however, they are going to have a game against a very talented Northeastern team that can shot the lights out of any gym. Northeastern is going to have a hard time matching up with the size and athleticism of the Crimson Tide, however, the one-two punch of Vasa Pusica & Jordan Roland should be able to put up plenty of points against the Crimson Tide defensive that struggled against Appalachian State and I think the Huskies at worse, cover with the points.