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Northeastern Huskies at William & Mary Tribe
NCAAB: Saturday, January 12, 2019, Kaplan Arena, Williamsburg, Virginia, 4:00 PM ET
The Colonial Athletic rivals will face at the Kaplan Arena on Saturday as the Northeastern Huskies are taking on William & Mary Tribe desperate to bounce back from a couple of tight defeats to Delaware and Hofstra, while the hosts are looking for the fourth conference victory that could sent them to the top of the CAA. Northeastern was a better side in recent H2H tilts as they won three out of the previous four encounters including the latest visit to the Kaplan Arena.
The Huskies avoided the third straight defeat with an overtime win over Elon
Northeastern suffered a couple of conference losses to Delaware and Hofstra and needed overtime to beat the Elon Phoenix in the latest clash and the Huskies are now looking to conclude the three-game road trip with a victory over the Tribe. The Huskies improved to the 8-8 record and are currently sitting in the 4th position in the Colonial Athletic Association with six wins behind Hofstra and three ahead of the last-placed Elon Phoenix.
Senior guard Vasa Pusica led the Huskies in an 81-70 overtime win over the Phoenix with 19 points, game-high seven assists, and a couple of steals; Anthony Green added 15 points, six boards, and two blocks, Shawn Occeus contributed with 12 points, four rebounds, and game-high three thefts, while Donnell Gresham Jr. posted a double-double of 11 points and game-high ten boards along with three steals. Northeastern played well in the opening 20 minutes and created a 12-point lead at halftime but the hosts responded in the second half and forced the game to overtime. However, the Huskies got to an 8-0 run mostly thanks to Pusica and controlled the game until the end to get a victory.
The Huskies have the 173rd offense in the NCAAB that averages 74.3 points per contest, while their defense allows 73.8 points per game (237th). Northeastern’s rebounding is 337th as they are recording 31.6 boards per game, while they are 110th when it comes to assists per contest with 14.7 dishes a night. Northeastern is 49th in field goal percentage as they have 47.8 percent from the floor and 40th from downtown with 38.2 percentage, while they are the 58th with 9.1 three-pointers made per game.
The Tribe fell short to the Pride in a triple-overtime loss
William & Mary returned home from a road with a victory over Drexel and they were close to beat the red-hot Hofstra Pride but the visitors snatched a tight win in a triple-overtime thriller. The Tribe dropped to the 7th place in the Colonial Athletic Association with the 7-10 record, allowing Hofstra to go seven wins ahead, while William & Mary has two wins more than Towson and Elon.
Junior forward Nathan Knight led the Tribe in a triple-overtime 93-90 loss to the Pride with a double-double of 31 points (12-19 FG, 6-7 FT) and ten rebounds, along with five assists and game-high four rejections. Justin Pierce also posted a double-double of 24 points (9-18 FG, 3-6 3PT) and game-high 15 boards, and added team-high six dimes, while Chase Audige ended the tilt with ten points, seven rebounds, four dishes, and a couple of blocks. William & Mary made a second-half comeback after trailing ten points at halftime and earned overtime but Hofstra’s Jalen Ray scored a triple with 37 seconds to go to help the visitors securing the 11th straight win.
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The Tribe has the 173rd offense in the NCAAB that averages 74.7 points per contest, while their defense is allowing 77.5 points per game (302nd). William & Mary is the 259th rebounding team in college basketball as they are recording 34.6 boards per game, while they are 19th when it comes to assists per contest with 17.4 dishes a night. William & Mary is 97th in field goal percentage as they have 46.6 percent from the floor and 208th from downtown with 33.6 percentage, while they are the 106th with 8.5 three-pointers made per game.
William & Tribe:
- 4-1 ATS in their last five games after allowing more than 90 points in their previous game
- 5-2 ATS in their last seven games played at home vs. an opponent with a losing road record
- 34-16-2 ATS in their last 52 games following an ATS loss
- 0-3-1 ATS in their last four games following a straight up win
- 1-3-1 ATS in their last five games played on the road games vs. an opponent with a winning home record
The Bottom Line What to bet on this game.
Full-Game Side Bet
William & Mary won five out of the previous ten H2H encounters but Northeastern was better in the last two, while the Tribe was victorious in three of the past five meetings at the Kaplan Arena. It’s going to be a close one as both teams are playing well and those losses they suffered recently were rather narrow but the Huskies are 3-7 ATS in the last ten duels in Williamsburg, and I am backing the hosts to bounce back from a triple-overtime loss to Hofstra with a victory here.
Prediction: William & Mary Tribe +1 (-110)
Full-Game Total Pick
I expect to see at least 150 points in this one and considering that the duel could go to overtime as the rivals are playing on a pretty much same level, I am backing over. Over is 5-2-1 in the last eight H2H meetings in William & Mary; over is 31-13 in Tribe previous 44 vs. Colonial Athletic Association opponents, over is 8-3 in Huskies last 11 overall, while over is 4-1 in Huskies previous five vs. Colonial Athletic Association opponents.
Prediction: Under 148 (-110)