UNC Wilmington vs. Northeastern - 1/18/20 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

UNC Wilmington vs. Northeastern - 1/18/20 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction Photo by Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports

Northeastern Huskies (10-8) at UNC Wilmington Seahawks (5-15)

College Basketball: Saturday, January 18, 2020 at 7:00 pm (Raiford G. Trask Coliseum)

The Line: UNC Wilmington Seahawks +7 -- Over/Under: 134 Click Here for the Latest Odds

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The Northeastern Huskies will travel to Trask Coliseum to take on the UNC Wilmington Seahawks this Saturday night in College Basketball action.

The Northeastern Huskies snapped their 2-game losing streak and improved to 10-8 (4-2 CAA) on the season after defeating the Charleston Cougars, 79-76, this past Thursday. Northeastern trailed by 58-45 margin with 12:53 left in regulation, however, was outstanding offensively down the stretch and pulled off the come from behind victory after the Cougars Grant Riller missed a game-typing three-pointer with :06 seconds left in regulation. Northeastern shot 48.3% from the field and 46.2% from beyond the arc in the victory. Leading the way for the Huskies was Jordan Roland who had 33 points, 3 rebounds, 2 assists, and 4 steals.

On the season, Northeastern is averaging 72.5 ppg on 47.9% shooting from the field. The Huskies are averaging 9.3 three-pointers per game on 40.7% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, Northeastern has been led by Jordan Roland (22.3 ppg, 3.1 rpg, 1.8 apg, 1.9 spg), Tyson Walker (11.6 ppg, 2.0 rpg, 3.6 apg, 1.7 spg), and Bolden Brace (11.1 ppg, 6.6 rpg, 2.3 apg, 1.1 spg).

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Defensively, Northeastern is allowing their opponents to average 66.8 ppg on 45.8% shooting from the field. The Huskies have a rebound margin of 1.0 and a turnover margin of -0.1.

The UNC Wilmington Seahawks lost their 12th straight game and dropped to 5-15 (0-7 CAA) on the season after being defeated by the Hofstra Pride, 63-61, this past Thursday. UNC Wilmington gave Hofstra all they could handle, however, their upset bid game up short after Hofstra’s Isaac Kante made the game-winning lay-up with just :05 seconds left in regulation. UNC Wilmington shot 40.7% from the field and 21.4% from beyond the arc in the loss. Leading the way for the Seahawks was Mike Okauru who had 17 points, 4 rebounds, 2 assists, and 4 steals.

On the season, UNC Wilmington is averaging 69.5 ppg on 43.2% shooting from the field. The Seahawks are averaging 7.2 three-pointers per game on 35.6% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, UNC Wilmington has been led by Jaylen Sims (13.8 ppg, 5.3 rpg, 1.2 apg), Marten Linssen (10.0 ppg, 4.5 rpg), and Shykeim Phillips (8.9 ppg, 2.6 rpg, 2.3 apg, and 1.4 spg).

Defensively, UNC Wilmington is allowing their opponents to average 72.4 ppg on 44.9% shooting from the field. The Seahawks have a rebound margin of -1.9 and a turnover margin of 0.4.

The Huskies are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 games as a road favorite and 5-2 ATS in their last 7 road games vs. a team with a losing home record. The Seahawks are 1-3-1 ATS in their last 5 games vs. a team with a winning straight up record and 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games overall.

Northeastern has won 5 of their last 7 games and have been led by their offense that ranks 146th in scoring offense, 21st in FG%, and 3rd in 3P-FG%.

UNC Wilmington has struggled on both ends of the court this season and come into this game ranked 233rd in scoring offense, 254th in scoring defense, and 279th in defensive FG%.

UNC Wilmington is looking for their first win since November, however, it’s going to be a challenge against a Northeastern team who should compete for the CAA Championship this season. The Huskies have an impressive 6-2 record on the road this season and as I think their offense will be able to put up 75-80 points in this match-up, I think the Huskies cover this mid-range road spread. Good Luck!

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