Hofstra vs. UNC Wilmington - 2/15/20 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Hofstra vs. UNC Wilmington - 2/15/20 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction Photo by Jason Getz-USA TODAY Sports

UNC Wilmington Seahawks (8-19) at Hofstra Pride (19-7)

College Basketball: Saturday, February 15, 2020 at 4:00 pm (Mack Sports Complex)

The Line: Hofstra Pride -14 -- Over/Under: 141.5

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The UNC-Wilmington Seahawks will travel to the Mack Sports Complex to take on the Hofstra Pride this Saturday afternoon in College Basketball action.

The UNC-Wilmington Seahawks dropped to 8-19 (3-11 CAA) on the season after being defeated by the Northeastern Huskies, 71-63, this past Thursday. UNC-Wilmington struggled offensively in the 1st half against the Huskies and couldn’t fight back after into the game after going into halftime trailing by a 34-24. UNC-Wilmington allowed Northeastern to shoot 48.0% from the field and lost the turnover battle by a 16-11 margin in the loss. Leading the way for the Seahawks was Marten Linssen who had 20 points and 6 rebounds in 22 minutes from off the bench.

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On the season, UNC-Wilmington is averaging 68.8 ppg on 42.9% shooting from the field. The Seahawks are averaging 6.9 three-pointers per game on 34.4% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, UNC-Wilmington has been led by Jaylen Sims (12.9 ppg, 5.3 rpg, 1.3 apg), Ty Gadsden (10.3 ppg, 2.3 rpg, 2.1 apg, 1.5 spg), and Mike Okauru (9.2 ppg, 5.4 rpg, 2.7 apg, 1.3 spg).

Defensively, UNC-Wilmington is allowing their opponents to an average of 72.1 ppg on 44.2% shooting from the field. The Seahawks have a rebound margin of -2.6 and a turnover margin of -0.4.

The Hofstra Pride won their 5th straight game and improved to 19-7 (10-3 CAA) on the season after defeating the Charleston Cougars, 76-63, this past Thursday. Hofstra was outstanding offensively agianst the Cougars and had no trouble securing the victory after going into halftime with a 41-30 lead. Hofstra shot 54.7% from the field and outrebounded Charleston by a 34-22 margin in the victory. Leading the way for the Pride was Eli Pemberton who had 28 points, 5 rebounds, 2 assists, and 4 steals.

On the season, Hofstra is averaging 76.6 ppg on 45.1% shooting from the field. The Pride are averaging 7.8 three-pointers per game on 35.7% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, Hofstra has been led by Desure Buie (18.5 ppg, 3.5 rpg, 5.5 apg, 2.1 spg), Eli Pemberton (16.0 ppg, 5.3 rpg, 2.0 apg, 1.3 spg), and Jalen Ray (12.3 ppg, 3.0 rpg, 2.0 apg).

Defensively, Hofstra is allowing their opponents to average 69.4 ppg on 44.4% shooting from the field. The Pride have a rebound margin of 0.8 and a turnover margin of 2.2.

The Seahawks are 2-4 ATS in their last 6 February games and just 10-13-1 ATS on the season. Hofstra is 18-7 ATS on the season and 5-0 ATS in their last 5 games.

UNC-Wilmington has struggled on both ends of the court this season and come into this game ranked just 251st in scoring offense, 257th in scoring defense, and 241st in defensive FG%.

Hofstra has been led by their offense this season which comes into this match-up ranked 50th in scoring offense, 102nd in FG%, and 64th in 3P-FG%.

It’s been a season to forget for the UNC-Wilmington Seahawks and as the Eli Pemberton and the Hofstra offense should have no problem putting up 80-85 points against UNC-Wilmington, I think Hofstra does enough to cover this large home spread. Good Luck!

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Brett’s Pick Hofstra Pride -14

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