Delaware Blue Hens (2-1) at Cornell Big Red (2-1)
|Date & Time||Thursday November 15, 2018, 7:00 PM (EST)|
The Line: Cornell Big Red PK -- Over/Under:
The Delaware Blue Hens will travel to Newman Arena to take on the Cornell Big Red this Thursday night in College Basketball action.
The Delaware Blue Hens won their 2nd straight game and improved to 2-1 on the season after defeating the D-II Chestnut Hill College Griffins, 100-62, this past Tuesday. Delaware had their way on the offensive end agianst the Griffins and had no trouble securing the victory after taking a 50-28 lead at halftime. Delaware shot 54.7% from the field and 44.0% (11-25) from beyond the arc while holding Chestnut Hill College to just 32.0% shooting from the field. Delaware outrebounded Chestnut Hill College by a 48-41 margin and won the turnover margin by a 48-41 margin. Leading the way for the Blue Hens was Kevin Anderson who had 13 points, 9 rebounds, 4 assists, 4 steals, and 2 blocks.
On the season, Delaware is averaging 72.5 ppg on 42.9% shooting from the field. The Blue Hens are averaging 7.5 three-pointers per game on 34.9% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, Delaware has been led by Eric Carter (20.7 ppg, 8.0 rpg, 3.0 apg, 1.0 spg, 1.7 bpg), Kevin Anderson (14.7 ppg, 8.0 rpg, 3.3 apg, 2.0 spg, 1.0 bpg), and Darian Bryant (9.3 ppg, 2.0 rpg, 1.0 apg, 1.0 spg). Defensively, Delaware is allowing their opponents to average 74.0 ppg on 40.5% shooting from the field. The Blue Hens have a rebound margin of -3.5 and a turnover margin of -3.5.
The Cornell Big Red suffered their first loss of the season, dropping them to 2-1, after being defeated by the Colgate Raiders, 73-57, this past Sunday. Cornell trailed by just a 31-28 margin at halftime, however, struggled offensively in the 2nd half and couldn’t fight back after Colgate took a 50-39 lead midway through the 2nd half. Cornell shot just 39.0% from the field and 14.3% (4-28) from beyond the arc while allowing Colgate to shoot 50.0% from the field. Cornell was outrebounded by a 41-33 margin and lost the turnover battle by a 15-11 margin.
On the season, Cornell is averaging 76.3 ppg on 42.6% shooting from the field. The Big Red are averaging 8.0 three-pointers per game on 27.9% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, Cornell has been led by Matt Morgan (25.0 ppg, 11.5 rpg, 3.5 apg, 2.0 spg), Jimmy Boeheim (14.0 ppg, 4.5 rpg), and Josh Warren (6.0 ppg, 3.5 rpg, 2.0 apg). Defensively, Cornell is holding their opponents to an average of 64.0 ppg on 40.4% shooting from the field. The Big Red have a rebound margin of 4.7 and a turnover margin of 0.3.
The Blue Hens are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 road games and 6-2 ATS in their last 8 games overall. The Big Red are 17-4 ATS in their last 21 games following an ATS loss and 5-1 ATS in their last 6 games following a straight up loss.
Delaware no longer has Ryan Daly however, the Blue Hens have continued to improve over the last few seasons and although their defense can be questionable at times, they should have a solid scoring duo between Eric Carter & Kevin Anderson to be competitive in the CAA this season. Cornell has one of the best players in the Ivy League in Matt Morgan, however, they don’t have much a supporting cast around him this season and I’m not reading too much in their early season stats with their wins coming against Binghamton & SUNY-Canton. I’m a bit surprised this game is currently a PK as I think Delaware is just the better overall team and will pick up this win on the road. Take Delaware to win!