Hofstra at Drexel
|Date & Time||Thursday February 28, 2019, 7:00 PM (EST)|
Daskalakis Athletic Center
Drexel Dragons +7 -- Over/Under: 161
NBC Sports - Philadelphia Plus; CAA.TV
The Hofstra Pride will travel to the Daskalakis Athletic Center to take on the Drexel Dragons this Thursday night in College Basketball action.
The Hofstra Pride dropped to 23-6 (13-3 CAA) on the season after being upset by the James Madison Dukes, 104-99 in OT, this past Saturday. Hofstra struggled defensively agianst the Dukes and although the Pride fought back from an 8-point halftime deficit to force OT, Hofstra allowed James Madison to pull away in the extra period. Hofstra shot 54.0% from the field, however, allowed James Madison to shoot 52.2% from the field and 50.0% from beyond the arc. Leading the way for the Pride was Justin Wright-Foreman who had 33 points, 3 rebounds, 3 assists, and 2 steals.
On the season, Hofstra is averaging 84.2 ppg on 48.9% shooting from the field. The Pride are averaging 9.2 three-pointers per game on 38.9% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, Hofstra has been led by Justin Wright-Foreman (26.6 ppg, 4.1 rpg, 3.0 apg), Eli Pemberton (15.5 ppg, 4.8 rpg, 2.5 apg), Desure Buie (10.8 ppg, 2.5 rpg, 5.5 apg, 2.5 spg), and Jacquil Taylor (8.2 ppg, 8.4 rpg, 1.7 bpg).
Defensively, Hofstra is allowing their opponents to average 72.4 ppg on 44.8% shooting from the field. The Pride have a rebound margin of 0.8 and a turnover margin of 3.2.
The Drexel Dragons snapped their 3-game losing streak and improved to 13-16 (7-9 CAA) on the season after defeating the Delaware Blue Hens, 68-60, this past Saturday. Drexel was solid on the defensive end agianst the Blue Hens and had no trouble securing the victory after taking a 57-42 lead with 5:37 left in regulation. Drexel held Delaware to 41.7% shooting from the field and outrebounded the Blue Hens by a 39-24 margin in the victory. Leading the way for the Dragons was Camren Wynter who had 19 points, 8 rebounds, and 4 assists.
On the season, Drexel is averaging 76.6 ppg on 46.2% shooting from the field. The Dragons are averaging 7.5 three-pointers per game on 35.5% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, Drexel has been led by Troy Harper (15.8 ppg, 3.2 rpg, 2.3 apg), Alihan Demir (14.6 ppg, 6.4 rpg, 2.9 apg), Trevor John (11.9 ppg, 2.3 rpg, 1.1 apg), and Camren Wynter (10.8 ppg, 4.5 rpg, 5.2 apg, 1.3 spg).
Defensively, Drexel is allowing their opponents to average 77.0 ppg on 47.9% shooting from the field. The Dragons have a rebound margin of 2.8 and a turnover margin of -1.1.
The Pride are 13-3-1 ATS in their last 17 Thursday games and 11-3 ATS in their last 14 road games. The Dragons are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 games following a straight up win and 6-1 ATS in their last 7 games following an ATS win.
Hofstra has won 4 of their last 7 games and has been led by their offense this season as they rank 9th in scoring offense, 14th in FG%, and 15th in 3P-FG%.
Drexel has split their last 10 games and although their offense has been solid as they rank 83rd in scoring offense, the Dragons have struggled defensively as they rank just T-301st in scoring defense and 341st in defensive FG%.
Hofstra still is in control of their own fate when it comes to locking up the top-seed for the CAA Tournament, however, it’s been a struggle for the Pride as of late as they recently loss to both UNCW & JMU who have just a combined 11-22 conference record this season. Drexel has been decent at home this season as they have a 5-2 record at home in conference play and as I think the Dragons offense will be able to keep up with Justin Wright-Foreman and the Pride, I’m taking Drexel and the points in this one.