FACTS & STATS: Site: Matthews Arena (5,066) -- Boston, Massachusetts. Television: none. Home Record: UD 7-3, NU 6-6. Away Record: UD 5-7, NU 9-1. Neutral Record: UD 1-2, NU 2-1. Conference Record: UD 8-4, NU 12-1. Series Record: Delaware leads, 22-19.
GAME NOTES: The Northeastern Huskies look to continue their Colonial Athletic Association dominance as they host the Delaware Blue Hens at the Matthews Arena on Wednesday night.
The Blue Hens most recently earned a 75-73 win over Old Dominion. It was Delaware's second consecutive victory and fifth win in the last six games. With the recent surge of victories, Delaware has pushed itself over .500 on the season at 13-12 and into second place in the CAA standings at a solid 8-4.
Northeastern is coming off a 68-64 win at William and Mary that allowed them to finish off a three-game road trip 3-0. It was the fourth win in a row for the Huskies who are 12-1 in conference play and hold the top spot in the Colonial Athletic Association.
Delaware leads the all-time series 22-19, but it was Northeastern that won the last matchup 74-70 less than a month ago. The Huskies have taken six of the last seven meetings at Matthews Arena.
Although he was 1-of-6 from 3-point range, Devon Saddler went 7-of-14 from the field, finishing with 24 points for Delaware in the win over ODU. It was the fourth consecutive game that Saddler posted 20+ points. Jarvis Threatt had a strong all-around game, recording a double-double with 13 rebounds, 10 points, and six assists. Kyle Anderson scored 12 points off four 3-pointers, while Josh Brinkley had 10 points, six rebounds, and two blocks. Saddler is the squad's top scorer this season, averaging a CAA-best 19.6 ppg. Two teammates join him in double-figure scoring, in Threatt (12.1 ppg) and Jamelle Hagins (11.9 ppg and 10.2 rpg), who ranks third in the conference in rebounding.
Joel Smith scored 17 points with six assists in NU's win over the Tribe. He was 6-of-9 from the field and knocked down 4-of-6 attempts from beyond the arc. Jonathan Lee and Quincy Ford contributed 12 points each, while Reggie Spencer led the team with eight rebounds to go with eight points. Smith is one of four Huskies that averages in double-figure scoring this season, and leads the team with 17.0 ppg, shooting just under 50.0 percent from the field and 42.8 percent from 3-point range. Lee averages 13.3 ppg and 4.1 apg, Spencer adds 10.5 ppg and 6.4 rpg, and Ford contributes 12.6 ppg and 5.6 rpg. Northeastern shoots 45.2 percent from the field, but allows opponents to shoot 45.6 percent.
Northeastern has been efficient away from home but should not have much trouble with this Delaware team even if Saddler puts up another big game. With all of the Huskies' offensive weapons, it will be tough for the Blue Hens to match them.