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The Delaware Blue Hens take a two-game winning streak into Northeastern to take on the Huskies on Saturday. The Blue Hens knocked off Hofstra on Thursday, 73-71. The Huskies are coming off a 33 point win over Drexel, 85-52, on Thursday. This is the first meeting of the year between these conference foes.
Blue Hens win second straight buzzer-beaterWhat a week it has been for the Delaware Blue Hens! Last Saturday, Jacob Cushing, who averages less than three points per game for the season, sank a three-pointer with :02 left in the game to give the Blue Hens the win over Elon. On Thursday, it was Kevin Anderson's turn to play the hero. His layup at the buzzer broke a 71-71 tie and gave Delaware their second straight last-second victory. That basket gave Anderson 15 points for the game, as four Blue Hens scored in double figures.
"Coach drew up the last play, and I was just able to get to the basket and get a bucket," Anderson said on Bluehens.com. "This is a really big win. We've faced some adversity lately, but to come in here and beat the preseason favorite shows we can beat anybody in the league."
Delaware had a pair of players that recorded double-doubles in the win. Justyn Mutts had a career-high 30 points to go with his 13 rebounds. He was 14-17 from the floor. Dylan Painter had 15 points and 12 rebounds for the Blue Hens. Nate Darling, who made all three of Delaware's three-pointers, scored 11 points. The Blue Hens, who were just 3-20 from beyond the arc, shot 46.2% from the floor.
Delaware has won just five of their last 12 games since starting the season 9-0. The Blue Hens get very little offensive production from their bench, as five players average in double figures. Darling leads the way for Delaware, averaging 19.4 points per game, followed by Ryan Allen at 13.7 points per game. Mutts (12.0 points per game), Anderson (11.1 points per game), and Painter (10.2 points per game) round out the top scorers for the Blue Hens, who average 73.8 points per game. They shoot the ball very well on the season, as they make 47.8% from the floor and 37.0% from three-point range.
Huskies slay the DragonsThe Northeastern Huskies raced out to a 49-17 halftime lead, as they cruised to a 33 point win over the Drexel Dragons on Thursday. After Drexel scored the first three points of the game, Delaware scored the next 18 points as the rout was on. The Huskies made 55.2% from the floor and 52.9% from three-point range, as they held the Dragons to under 33% shooting. Northeastern forced 17 turnovers, while they only turned the ball over seven times. Jordan Roland (26 points) and Bolden Brace (17 points) scored more than half of the Huskies 85 points in the game.
The Huskies have won six of their last nine games, with all three losses in that span coming by two points, including one in overtime. Eight of their nine losses have been by single digits this season. Rowland is fifth in the country in scoring, averaging 23.1 points per game. Tyson Walker and Brace average 11.8 and 10.6 points per game, respectively, for Northeastern. The Huskies are averaging 72.6 points per game, while shooting 47.5% from the floor and 39.8% from three-point range.
Trends found on oddsshark.com:
- The Huskies are 6-3 ATS in their last nine games versus Delaware
- The Blue Hens are 4-8 ATS in their last 12 games overall
- The Blue Hens are 2-4 ATS in their last six games on the road
The Bottom Line What to bet on this game.
Full-Game Side Bet
The Northeastern Huskies come into the game riding high after a 33 point victory over Drexel. Their only three losses in their last nine games have been by two points. The Huskies have the best player in this game in Jordan Roland, who is fifth in the NCAA in scoring average. Delaware has lost seven of their last 12 games, and only four of their 14 wins have come against teams that currently have a winning record. The Blue Hens don't have a deep bench, so foul trouble or ineffectiveness by one or two starters could be a problem for Delaware. The Huskies are ranked in the top 20 in field goal percentage, three-point field goal percentage, and foul shooting percentage.
Prediction: Northeastern -7
Full-Game Total Pick
Both teams are very effective shooting the ball, with Northeastern and Delaware ranking 19th and 22nd, respectively, in field goal percentage; fifth and 67th, respectively in three-point shooting; and third and 59th, respectively, in foul shooting. The Blue Hens have scored at least 68 points in five straight games, and they have given up over 70 points in each of those five games. The Huskies have scored at least 72 points in six of their last seven games. Both teams are averaging well above 70 points per game this season. Neither team has a particularly good defense, so points should be pretty easy to come by for these offenses.
Prediction: Over 145