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Northeastern vs. Drexel - 12/28/18 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
Drexel Dragons (6-7) at Northeastern Huskies (6-6)
Date & Time Friday December 28, 2018, 7:00 PM (EST)
The Line
The Line: Northeastern Huskies -13 -- Over/Under: 158
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The Drexel Dragons and the Northeastern Huskies meet in CAA conference college basketball action from the Matthews Arena on Friday night.

The Drexel Dragons come into this game looking to rebound from back-to-back losses after an 82-64 loss to Temple in their last outing. Troy Harper led the Dragons with 18 points while Camren Wynter chipped in 12 points and James Butler and Alihan Demir each contributed 10 points to round out the foursome of double-digit scorers for Drexel in the loss. Butler added 9 rebounds while Demir had team-highs of 10 rebounds and 5 assists for the double-double in the defeat. Harper leads Drexel in scoring with 14.4 points per game while Butler leads the Dragons in rebounding with 7.9 rebounds per game and Wynter leads Drexel in assists with 5.2 assists per game this season. As a team, Drexel is averaging 79.5 points per game on 48.1% shooting from the field, 38.5% from behind the arc and 76.8% from the foul line this season.

The Northeastern Huskies will look to find some measure of consistency after alternating wins and losses in each of their last 5 games following a 64-59 win over St. Bonaventure in their last outing. Vasa Pusica had 16 points on 5 of 10 shooting with a pair of threes and a team-high 7 assists while Anthony Green added 11 points on a perfect 5 of 5 shooting with a team-high 6 rebounds and a pair of blocks as the only other Northeastern player to score in double figures in the win. Bolden Brace chipped in 6 points and 4 assists as well in the winning effort. Jordan Roland added 7 points, but still leads Northeastern with an average of 15.2 points per game while Donnell Gresham Jr. leads the Huskies with an average of 4.7 rebounds and 3.9 assists per game this season. As a team, Northeastern is averaging 71.9 points per game on 48.4% shooting from the field, 38.6% from behind the arc and 74.3% from the foul line this season.

Drexel is 8-17-1 ATS in their last 26 games following a loss and 1-5-1 ATS in their last 7 games following a double-digit loss at home while the over is 7-3 in their last 10 conference games. Northeastern is 0-2-2 ATS in their last 4 games overall and 3-0-1 ATS in their last 4 games against a team with a losing record while the under is 6-2 in their last 8 conference games. The underdog is 8-3 ATS in the last 11 meetings between these two teams.

Northeastern has home court advantage and has done well against teams with losing records, but the Huskies haven’t been putting up consistent enough results to warrant laying double-digits. Drexel has had a hard time rebounding from big losses at home, but the Dragons are the higher-powered offense of the two and the underdog has had a lot of success ATS in this matchup, so I’ll take a shot with Drexel and the points here.

Pick:
Drexel +13

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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