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#601 Delaware 145 vs.
#602 Northeastern -7
Saturday, January 25, 2020 at 12:00pm EST
Written by Benjamin Hayes

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Delaware takes on Northeastern on Saturday afternoon in a CAA matchup at noon. These teams met twice last season with the Huskies winning on the road by 11, but losing at home by two in overtime.

The Blue Hens sit at 7th in the CAA at 4-4 , while the Huskies are tied with three other teams for third at 5-3.

Biggest win of the season

Delaware had lost two straight and three of four games before winning their last two. This is a crazy basketball season, so when the Blue Hens beat Elon 79-78, there was no head-scratching. But when they beat Hofstra on the road 73-71 on Thursday, that put the Hens back in the conversation of about six teams that could win this league. Kevin Anderson's layup with 0.3 seconds left lifted Delaware to the win, but it was Justyn Mutts who made the most noise. Mutts scored a career-high 30 points on 14-of-17 shooting, grabbed 13 rebounds and blocked two shots.

The Hens won the game despite shooting 3-of-20 (15%) from beyond the arc. Second-leading scorer Ryan Allen was held to 0-9 from the field and 0-8 from beyond the arc. But they outrebounded the Pride by six and held them to 36% shooting.

The Blue Hens average 73.8 points per game on 47.7% shooting (36% 3pt). They allow 69.6 points per game on 41.4% shooting (32.5% 3pt). The defense stepped up but KenPom has them 238th in adjusted defensive efficiency. Nate Darling leads the way with 19 points per game, while Mutts leads in rebounds with 8.6.

Huskies bounce back with dominating win

Here's a team that you can never count out-Northeastern. They stumbled in a 76-74 overtime loss at UNCW last Saturday on the road. That was UNCW's first conference win and first since they fired head coach C.B. McGrath. But the Huskies found their mojo again on Thursday, after they defeated Drexel 85-52. Again, this is the same team that edged Charleston on Jan. 16 on the road by three, so the talent is there.

They beat a Drexel team that had just crushed William & Mary at home. The Huskies held them to 33% shooting and outrebounded them by seven. Star guard Jordan Roland led Northeastern with 26 points and seven rebounds, while Bolden Brace added 17. The Huskies shot 55% from the field and 9-of-17 from beyond the arc.

The Huskies are led by Roland, who averages 23.3 points per game and 1.8 steals. They average 73.2 points per game on 47.9% shooting and 40.3% from beyond the arc (4h). They also rank third in the nation in free throw percentage (80.1%). On defense, they allow 66.6 percent shooting but a whopping 45.5% shooting (299th). They rank 214th in adjusted defensive efficiency according to KenPom.

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Delaware is 6-5 on the road (9-4 ATS last 13) and they are starting to put things together. There's no reason why they can't compete for a title with Allen, Darling and now Mutts giving them and inside-outside presence. Northeastern is not a very strong defensive team and they lack an inside presence due to their lack of size up front. They also have small guards and that will allow Darling and Allen to get open looks. The Huskies have also struggled at home lately to cover (1-8 ATS). Take the road team to cover.

Prediction: Delaware +7.5

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Delaware plays at a 207th adjusted tempo (possessions per 40 minutes) according to KenPom, while Northeaster is at 286. That doesn't mean that these teams can't put up big numbers on offense. The Blue Hens have allowed 71 or more points in five straight games and 77 or more in four of those. The Huskies have scored 72 or more in four straight and have averaged 77.5 points over their last four games. Take the Over.

Prediction: Over 143.5
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Written By Benjamin Hayes

Ben has been a sports writer for over 30 years, dabbling in college and pro basketball, college and pro football, baseball, college lacrosse, minor league baseball and even college gymnastics. He's also been involved in the gaming industry for over 25 years and has been looking to beat the books since he was 13!