College hoops action on Saturday afternoon and the Colonial Athletic Conference will square off with the Atlantic 10 Conference as the Delaware blue Hens rumble with the George Washington Colonials at Charles E. Smith Center in Washington, D.C. The Blue Hens enter this game at a perfect 9-0 on the year while the Colonials are at 4-5.
Blue Hens Are Off To A Red-Hot StartThe Delaware Blue Hens have increased their win total in each of the last three seasons under head coach Martin Ingelsby and that trend could continue this year. The Blue Hens are off to a red-hot start as they come in with a perfect 9-0 record on the year but we have to be a bit cautious with them at the moment as Delaware has played the 306th ranked schedule, according to KenPom. Still, 9-0 in 9-0 and they will look to keep it going in this one against a Colonials' team that has struggled in the early going. The Blue Hens may have played a weak schedule but they have done what they are supposed to do and that is easily beat them. Delaware has gone 7-1 ATS so far this year and they have outscored their foes by 14.1 ppg.
"(Our offensive weapons) are really starting to gel ... and do a really good job playing off each other."— Delaware Men’s Basketball (@DelawareMBB) December 4, 2019
Offensive balance leads to historic undefeated Start, writes @Loh_rider: https://t.co/97Ynq76e2s pic.twitter.com/U7U9omSkWN
Delaware enters this game off of an 84-76 home win over the Columbia Lions and leading their attack in the game was Justyn Mutts (15.2 ppg), who had 24 points and 15 boards while Ryan Allen (14.9 ppg) had 20 points and Nate Darling (22.5 ppg) had 16 to round out their top three scorers. Delaware shot 54% from the field overall, including 45% from long range, plus they hit 17 of their 19 free throw attempts. On defense, they allowed the Lions to hit 45% of their shots overall, including 35% of their shots from long range. Delaware enters this game ranked 88th in the nation, putting up 77.1 ppg and 68th in points allowed, giving up just 63.0 ppg.
Colonials Have been Better Of LateThe George Washington Colonials had a miserable season last year as they were 9-24 overall, including 4-14 in A-10 play. This year, they have been pegged for 12th in the conference and the Colonials did get off to a 1-5 start, which included bad home losses to American, Morgan State, and Kansas City. George Washington has begun to turn things around as they come in having won three of their last four games. The Colonials have struggled on offense this year and they have scored 66 points or less in each of their last three games. GW will need much more offense if they hope to take down the high-scoring Blue Hens in this one. The Colonials enter this game at 273rd in the nation in scoring, putting up just 67.1 ppg so far.
It's game day eve here in Foggy Bottom.... 🏀🎄 pic.twitter.com/mA4M57NA8k— GW Men's Basketball (@GW_MBB) December 6, 2019
In their last game, they eked out a hard-fought 64-63 home win over Boston U. The defense played well in the contest as the Terries shot 46% from the field overall, including just 27% (4/15) from beyond the arc. GW is middle of the pack in the nation in points allowed, giving up 68.1 ppg on the year, which is 168th in the land. The offense was not good against the Terriers as they shot just 39% from the field overall, including just 30% (7/23) from long range. Leading their attack in the game was Jameer Nelson Jr. (10.3 ppg), who had 17 points while Armel Potter (15.9 ppg) had 15 to round out their top two scorers.
Trends Are Courtesy Of Covers.com Delaware is:
- 9-1 ATS in their last 10 games overall
- 8-1 ATS in their last 9 games following a straight-up win
George Washington is:
- 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games vs. a team with a winning % above .600
- 1-4 ATS in their last 5 home games