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Hofstra vs. Northeastern - 01/05/2019 NCAA BB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

The Northeastern Huskies and the Hofstra Pride meet in CAA conference college basketball action from Mack Sports Complex on Saturday afternoon.

The Northeastern Huskies come into this game looking to bounce back after an 82-80 double overtime loss to Delaware in their last outing. Bolden Brace led the Huskies with 18 points on 7 of 8 shooting with 3 threes, 10 rebounds and a team-high 6 assists while Jordan Roland added 15 points with a pair of threes and a pair of steals. Anthony Green added 13 points and Donnell Gresham Jr. chipped in 12 points with 12 points and 11 rebounds for a double-double of his own while Vasa Pusica added 11 points and 5 assists of his own to round out the scoring in double figures for Northeastern in the win. Roland leads the Huskies in scoring with 15.6 points per game while Green leads the Huskies in rebounding with 4.9 rebounds per game and Gresham Jr. leads Northeastern in assists with 3.6 assists per game this season. As a team, Northeastern is averaging 74 points per game on 48.7% shooting from the field, 39.3% from behind the 3-point line and 73.8% from the foul line this season.

The Hofstra Pride will look to build on their 9-game winning streak after an 89-75 win over Drexel in their last outing. Justin Wright-Foreman led the Pride with 34 points on 11 of 17 shooting with 5 threes, a 7 of 9 mark from the foul line, 5 rebounds and 5 assists. Desure Buie added 15 points and a team-high 10 assists with 4 steals for the double-double while Eli Pemberton added 13 points and Jacquil Taylor added 12 points and 5 rebounds of his own in the win. Tareq Coburn added 11 points to round out the double-digit scoring for Hofstra in the winning effort. Wright-Foreman leads Hofstra in scoring with 25.7 points per game while Taylor leads the Pride on the glass with 7.7 rebounds per game and Buie leads the Pride in assists with 4.9 helpers per game this season. As a team, Hofstra is scoring 82.2 points per game on 49.1% shooting from the field, 38.3% from behind the arc and 78.8% from the foul line, the 4th-best free throw percentage in the country this season.

Northeastern is 1-3-1 ATS in their last 5 road games and 0-4-2 ATS in their last 6 games overall while the under is 4-1 in their last 5 games against a team with a winning record. Hofstra is 21-7-1 ATS in their last 29 games overall and 6-1 ATS in their last 7 conference games while the over is 13-5 in their last 18 home games. Northeastern is 4-1 ATS in the last 5 meetings between these two teams at Hofstra.

You can easily make a case for Northeastern and the points as the Huskies have had success at Hofstra and the road team has dominated this matchup, as has the underdog, with both going 6-1 ATS in the last 7 meetings between these two teams. However, the Pride look like the team to beat in the CAA this season and are 4-0 ATS as a single-digit favorite this season. I’ll lay the points with Hofstra as I think the Pride win and cover here to buck the head-to-head trends.

Pick:
Hofstra -6.5

Chris has been a sports fan from when he was old enough to pick up a basketball and was a standout offensive lineman throughout high school and college. Chris uses that same instinct, determination and drive to analyze trends and statistics to find and produce winners on a consistent basis. Chris has been writing for Sports Chat Place since 2016 and covers a wide array of sports from college and pro football, college basketball, hockey and baseball.

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