FACTS & STATS: Site: Bob Carpenter Arena (5,000) -- Newark, Delaware. Television: None. Home Record: NU 3-5, UD 4-2. Away Record: NU 5-1, UD 3-5. Neutral Record: NU 2-1, UD 1-2. Conference Record: NU 5-0, UD 3-1. Series Record: Delaware leads 22-18.
GAME NOTES: The Northeastern Huskies have made the trek to Newark to take on the Delaware Blue Hens in a Colonial Athletic Association tilt at the Bob Carpenter Arena.
The Blue Hens fell to Towson, 69-66, on Wednesday night, snapping a five-game win streak. Delaware has been a solid 4-2 at home, with losses coming to Towson and Delaware State.
Northeastern enters the contest a perfect 5-0 in league play, most recently taking down Hofstra, 65-60, on Wednesday night. With a win at Delaware, the Huskies would equal their best Colonial Athletic Association start in program history
Delaware leads the all-time series with Northeastern, 22-18, and the Blue Hens have won four of the last five meetings with the Huskies. UD is 12-6 against Northeastern in Newark, with two consecutive victories at the Bob Carpenter Center.
UD has its five-game win streak and its 10-game CAA regular season win streak snapped on Wednesday when the team fell at home to Towson, 69-66. Jamelle Hagins grabbed eight rebounds against Towson to become Delaware's career leader with 924 boards. Hagins also went over the 1,000-point mark by scoring 16 points on Wednesday. He became the 30th player in Delaware history to surpass 1,000 points, and currently ranks 29th in school history with 1,011 points. Devon Saddler also scored 16 points against Towson, while Jarvis Threatt chipped in with 12 points.
Hagins currently ranks fourth in the nation with 11.7 rpg, and he is tied for sixth in the country with 10 double-doubles. Saddler ranks 15th in Division I with 20.3 ppg. Delaware ranks eighth nationally with a .764 free-throw percentage. Threatt (12.1 ppg) also averages in double figures for the Blue Hens, who lead the conference in scoring at 69.2 ppg.
The Northeastern Huskies jumped to 5-0 in CAA play with a 65-60 victory over Hofstra on Wednesday night in Boston. Sophomore Quincy Ford scored a game-high 24 points on 11-of-17 shooting, as the Huskies won their sixth game in seven outings. Joel Smith and Jonathan Lee also reached double figures by netting 11 and 10 points, respectively.
Smith leads NU with 15.9 ppg. Joining him in double figures are Ford (13.2), Lee (13.0), and Reggie Spencer (10.9). Sophomores Ford and Spencer lead the team in rebounds (6.2). As a collective unit, the Huskies rank in the top three in the CAA in 11 statistical categories, including a first-place ranking in steals, turnover margin, assist/turnover ratio, and 3-point field goals.
Expect the Huskies to continue their perfect conference season, as they rely on their scoring depth to pull out a close victory.