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Saturday’s NCAA Hoops Play – 2/11/17

Saturday’s NCAA Hoops Play – 2/11/17


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Hofstra’s 2 game winning streak gets snapped…while Northeastern 2 game losing streak ends…The Huskies return home for this one after playing 6 of their last 8 games on the road…And, they also come in off a big win over the top ranked team in the conference and now gets to seek some revenge for an earlier loss to a defensively challenged Pride team.

Below are the EDGES I feel will lead the Huskies to a solid win over Hofstra and improve their conference record to 2 games over .500…Let’s Rock!

EDGE #1:….The Huskies are a Better Shooting Team.

Northeastern is averaging a solid 72.4 ppg, 47.2% shooting from the field, which ranks 60th in the nation…and a solid 38.7% from downtown, which ranks 36th in the land.

The Huskies combined shooting is also solid as they average 55.5% in Effective FG%, which ranks 25th in the nation…They also are ranked 40th in the nation in 2PT % shooting averaging 53.5% and also 29th in Shooting Efficiency as well.

In home games, the Huskies are 7-1 and average 76 ppg, 49.4% shooting from the field, a solid 40.2% shooting from long range…Overall, they average 8.8 long bombs per game…However, in home games, that average goes up to 10 three-pointers made…Awesome!

Side Note: The Huskies lead the CAA conference with their 38.7% three-point FG% shooting.

A big reason why this is an EDGE is because Hofstra plays terrible defense and have been allowing almost an average of 80 points per game over their last 10 games…Currently, the Pride is ranked 284th in scoring defense, 284th in defensive FG% and 321st in steals per game.

In the Huskies last game on the road at College of Charleston, they were up against the best scoring defense in the conference, but their offense was still able to put up 73 points, shoot 47.4% from the field and a solid 47.6% (10-of-21) from long range in the win…If they can do this against the conference’s and one of the nations best defenses, then it’s a lock that they will be able to do that against this very poor Hofstra defense as well.

Side Note: NE’s T.J. Williams leads the CAA and ranks 18th in the nation this season with a 21.0 point per game average.

Side Note: 5 different players for the Huskies have earned Player of the Week honors this season for their outstanding offensive play.

The Huskies have distributed the ball evenly from long range…as 9 of Northeastern’s 11 players have dropped long bombs this season…This is not good news for the Pride, as their defense in road games is giving up 80.6 ppg, 47.8% shooting from the field, 40.1% shooting from long range, which include allowing an average of 9 three-pointers per game on the road.

EDGE #2:…..The Huskies play Better Defense.

Ok…now that we established that the Pride practically plays no defense…The Huskies, on the other hand, does play some solid defense…Currently the Huskies are allowing opponents to average just 69.8 ppg on 45.4% shooting from the field.

Northeastern solid defense have led them to dominate the weaker teams at home, where they are 7-1 on the season…At home, the Huskies defense is allowing opponents to score only 63.4 ppg, shoot just 42.8% from the field and just 28.7% from long range…Solid!

Side Note: Hofstra’s offense and defense is a little weaker as they should still be without their starting center Gusty, who missed several games due to a leg injury…When he played he was averaging 27.64 minutes, 8.82 ppg and led the Pride in rebounding with his solid 12 rebounds per game average.

In addition, the Huskies defense has recorded 88 blocks on the season, which ranks 3rd in the CAA…That block party is led by the Huskies center Green, who has tallied 24 of those blocks…And with the Pride’s center Gusty out of this one, he should be able to bring even more blocks to the party tonight.

Northeastern Guard T.J. Williams

Northeastern Guard T.J. Williams

EDGE #3:…Huskies off Big Win…At Home…Now Revenge.

Ok…the Huskies are coming off a huge upset win defeating Charleston 73-72, on Thursday…And what makes it such a huge win…besides beating the first placed Cougars on the road, was the fact that the Huskies did it against the conference’s best defense and they also did it while down by 16 points, at the half as well…The Huskies ability to fight back and not give up, especially when they came into the game on a terrible slide, losing 6 of their last 7 games, told me a lot about this teams tenacity, heart and pride.

One of the big factors coming out of that game, besides a win…was that game winning shot by the Huskies guard Brace…That game winning shot was so incredible, as he made it while falling out of bounds, that it was featured as the #1 play of the day on ESPN’s SportsCenter Top Plays of the Day.

Now, I know that many of you may be saying, so what or what’s the big deal?…Well my friends, the big deal is sometimes even a little recognition of a momentous victory, as the one the Huskies pulled off against the College of Charleston, can do wonders to light a fire under the butts of a team that has lost their mojo…And, I am expecting that that win, along with ESPN’s acknowledgement of it, will do just that.

Side Note: Never underestimate the “Power of Recognition”…as a little can definitely go a long way.

The Huskies are a solid 7-1 SU and 5-2 ATS at home…And tonight’s game is the first of their last 3 home games for the season…This is an important game to get as they get the top 2 teams coming in next and would like to sweep this final 3 game stretch at home, for a better tournament seeding.

Revenge, Revenge, Revenge…Tonight’s game is one the Huskies want badly as the Pride has been an irritant, winning the last 3 games vs them…Tonight’s game is being promoted as a “Red-Out” game and I believe Hofstra blood will be spilled…as the Huskies look to get some payback for that loss last month.

Hofstra’s run of 3 straight wins over the Huskies ends tonight….Believe That!

Other EDGES & THINGS:…..Favoring the Huskies.

*Both teams will have an important player out for this game…But, I believe that Hofstra’s loss of center Rokas Gustys will be more of a detriment to them, then the loss of forward Miller for the Huskies…I mean, how can you replace a guy that averages 12 rebounds per game.

*Hofstra has really struggled on the defensive end this season, which has resulted in a weak 4-9 conference record.

*Hofstra is ranked 203rd overall in Ken Pomeroy’s College Basketball Rankings…while Northeastern is ranked 125th overall in the same poll.

Bottom line is Northeastern was on terrible slide losing 6 of their last 8 games…But, we have to remember that 6 of those of games were on the road…This one is finally back home where the Huskies have been dominating weaker teams, and the Pride definitely falls into that category.

Hofstra’s poor defense will be their downfall against this strong Husky team on their floor…And I fully expect the Huskies offense to take full advantage of that 80 points average that the Pride defense has been allowing in their last 10 games.

On the other end, I also expect that Northeastern’s solid defensive play will show up tonight as they will surely be spurred on by that big upset over Charleston…The Huskies has only lost 1 game at home this season and tonight vs this defenseless Pride team, I expect them to be able to notch a second straight win in a very convincing way……GO HUSKIES!

Side Note: Hofstra is 0-4-1 ATS in their last 5 games overall.

Side Note: Hofstra is 0-4-1 ATS in their last 5 conference games.

Side Note: Northeastern is 5-1-1 ATS in their last 7 home games.

Side Note: Northeastern is 7-2 ATS in their last 9 games following a SU win.

Side Note: Northeastern is 7-2 ATS in their last 9 games after an ATS win.

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