Northeastern Huskies at Hofstra Pride - 3/10/20 College Basketball Picks and Prediction
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Northeastern Huskies (17-15) at Hofstra Pride (25-8)
College Basketball: Tuesday, March 10, 2020 at 7:00 pm (Entertainment & Sports Arena)
The Line: Hofstra Pride -1 -- Over/Under: 141
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The Northeastern Huskies and Hofstra Pride will square off at Norfolk Scope Arena this Tuesday night in the Championship of the CAA Men’s Conference Tournament.
The 6-seed Northeastern Huskies reached their 2nd consecutive CAA Men’s Championship game after defeating the 7-seed Elon Phoenix, 68-60, last night. Northeastern was outstanding offensively and had little trouble securing the victory after going into halftime with a 37-21 lead. Northeastern shot 46.0% from the field and 52.0% from beyond the arc in the victory. Leading the way for the Huskies was Jordan Roland who had 21 points, 3 rebounds, 4 assists, and a block.
On the season, Northeastern is averaging 71.4 ppg on 47.5% shooting from the field. The Huskies are averaging 8.1 three-pointers per game on 36.9% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, Northeastern has been led by Jordan Roland (22.2 ppg, 3.4 rpg, 1.8 apg, 1.6 spg), Tyson Walker (10.6 ppg, 2.1 rpg, 3.4 apg, 1.8 spg), Bolden Brace (10.5 ppg, 6.6 rpg, 2.2 apg, 1.2 spg), and Maxime Boursiquot (8.8 ppg, 4.9 rpg, 1.2 apg, 1.7 spg).
Defensively, Northeastern is holding their opponents to an average of 66.3 ppg on 45.6% shooting from the field. The Huskies have a rebound margin of 1.2 and a turnover margin of 1.2.
The top-seed Hofstra Pride had little issue getting back to the CAA Men’s Championship after defeating the 3-seed, Delaware Blue Hens, 75-61, last night. Hofstra was outstanding from beyond the arc against the Blue Hens and pulled away in the 2nd half after a 11-0 run gave the Pride a 58-37 lead with 9:33 left in regulation. Hofstra shot an incredible 52.2% (12-23) from beyond the arc and outrebounded Delaware by a 40-32 margin in the victory. Leading the way for the Pride was Eli Pemberton who had 24 points, 3 rebounds, 1 assist, and 2 steals.
On the season, Hofstra is averaging 76.5 ppg on 45.1% shooting from the field. The Pride are averaging 8.2 three-pointers per game on 37.4% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, Hofstra has been led by Desure Buie (18.1 ppg, 3.6 rpg, 5.9 apg, 2.0 spg), Eli Pemberton (17.6 ppg, 5.5 rpg, 1.9 apg, 1.3 spg), Jalen Ray (11.8 ppg, 2.7 rpg, 1.9 apg, 1.3 spg), and Isaac Kante (11.4 ppg, 7.5 rpg).
Defensively, Hofstra is allowing their opponents to average 68.6 ppg on 44.5% shooting from the field. The Pride have a rebound margin of 0.7 and a turnover margin of 2.5.
The Huskies are 4-3 ATS in their last 7 games and 14-18 ATS on the season. The Pride are 11-1 ATS in their last 11 games and 24-8 ATS on the season.
Northeastern comes into this match-up ranked 18th in FG%, 30th in 3P-FG%, and 3rd in FT%.
Hofstra comes into this game led by their offense that ranks 39th in scoring offense, 101st in FG%, 20th in 3P-FG%, and 10th in FT%.
We have a re-match of last year’s CAA Championship game in which Hofstra will be looking for revenge after the Huskies defeated the Pride by an 82-74 margin to punch their NCAA ticket. Northeastern is much better team than their 6-seed reflects this season and have looked strong in both their match-ups against Towson & Elon. Hofstra is an outstanding team who got the better of Northeastern in both match-up this season, however, both games were competitive as Hofstra won by a 74-72 margin on the road and 75-71 margin at home. Northeastern was able to upset Hofstra last season in this game and as I think the Huskies will once again find success on the offensive end with their quality shooting, I think Northeastern makes it back-to-back trips to the NCAA Tournament. Good Luck!