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The Sports Network
DATE & TIME: Wednesday, February 27, 7 p.m. (et)
FACTS & STATS: Site: Mack Sports Complex (5,023) -- Hempstead, New York. Television: None. Home Record: UD 8-4, Hofstra 5-8. Away Record: UD 7-7, Hofstra 1-13. Neutral Record: UD 1-2, Hofstra 0-1. Conference Record: UD 11-5, Hofstra 4-12. Series Record: Hofstra leads, 48-26.
GAME NOTES: One of the top offenses in the Colonial Athletic Association visits one of the worst, as the Delaware Blue Hens come calling on the Hofstra Pride.
The Blue Hens (16-13, 11-5) have won five of their last six games, with each of the last five separated by no more than two points. They defeated UNC- Wilmington, 79-78, on Saturday in their last game. They currently sit in third place in the conference, just a half game out of second.
Hofstra ended a four-game losing streak on Sunday, as the team defeated Old Dominion, 70-59. The Pride (7-22, 4-12) are in tenth place in the CAA, with only Old Dominion sporting a worse record in league play.
Hofstra and Delaware have met 74 times in a series that dates back to the 1954-55 campaign. Hofstra holds a 48-26 advantage, but the Blue Hens have won the last three meetings, including a 69-54 verdict earlier this season. Prior to the 2011-12 campaign, Hofstra had won six straight in the series. In the first match-up this season, UD earned a 69-54 victory over the Pride as it pulled away in the second half after holding a narrow 31-28 advantage at the break.
Devon Saddler led the way with 24 points as Delaware slipped by the UNC- Wilmington Seahawks over the weekend. Jarvis Threatt added a double-double with 23 points and 12 rebounds for the Blue Hens, while Kyle Anderson chipped in with 12 points. UD led at intermission, 44-36, but saw that lead disappear as the Seahawks tied the score with under two minutes to play, but the Hens scored used the free-throw line late to secure the victory.
Saddler, who was just named the CAA Player of the Week for the third time this season, leads the league and ranks 14th in the country in averaging 20.2 ppg, while his 586 points this year are eighth-most in Division I. He has reached double figures in 35 consecutive games, the second-longest active streak in the nation, and with 1,600 career points he is just the fourth Blue Hen to reach that plateau. Jamelle Hagins is pulling down 10.4 rpg to lead the team. Delaware has the second-best scoring offense in the CAA, averaging 69.6 ppg. Unfortunately, the Hens are giving it all back at the defensive end by letting foes put up 69.9 ppg.
The Pride defeated Old Dominion recently, behind 18 points from senior forward David Imes and 10 points and a career-high 10 assists from senior guard Stevie Mejia. Junior forward Daquan Brown also provided Hofstra with a huge lift off the bench as he tallied six points and a career-high 11 rebounds. Sophomore guard Taran Buie chipped in with 15 points and five rebounds.
Buie leads the team with 13 ppg. Mejia continues to have a solid all-around senior campaign as he is second on the team with 11.4 ppg and first in both assists (119) and steals (57). Mejia ranks first in the CAA in steals and third in assists. As a unit, the Pride are the worst scoring team in the CAA, averaging just 58.5 ppg, and as a result also they have the bottom-ranked scoring margin at -8.6, They are also last in field goal percentage (.381) and free throw percentage (.623). One bright spot is 3-point defense, as they lead the league in that category (.303).
Saddler is one of the top players in the country and he leads a potent Delaware scoring attack. Given the Pride's offensive woes, expect the Blue Hens to handle Hofstra rather easily.
Sports Network Predicted Outcome: Delaware 70, Hofstra 60
02/27 10:38:04 ET
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