College of Charleston (12-11) at Delaware (17-7)
The Sports Network
DATE & TIME: Wednesday, February 5, 7 p.m. (ET)
FACTS & STATS: Site: Bob Carpenter Center (5,000) -- Newark, Delaware. Television: none. Home Record: CofC 7-5, Delaware 8-1. Away Record: CofC 4-4, Delaware 8-6. Neutral Record: CofC 1-2, Delaware 1-0. Conference Record: CofC 4-4, Delaware 9-0. Series Record: College of Charleston leads, 2-0.
GAME NOTES: The Delaware Blue Hens are on their longest winning streak in 15 years and will try to remain unbeaten in Colonial Athletic Association play when they host the College of Charleston.
The game features the CAA's No. 1 offense in the Blue Hens against the top defense in the Cougars.
Delaware's 11-game winning streak is its longest since a 13-game run, Jan. 24 - March 6, 1999. The Blue Hens had the streak broken by losing to Tennessee in the first round of the NCAA Tournament that year. The Blue Hens have won 13 straight regular season CAA games, which is tied for second-longest in school history. A win here would be only behind a 22-game run in the old ECC and NAC from 1990-93.
The most recent win for Delaware was Monday, 80-67, at home against Northeastern. Devon Saddler scored 21 points and became the all-time leading scorer at the school. Saddler added eight assists as he surpassed Mike Pegues for the most points scored in program history. Davon Usher finished with a game-high 25 points and Carl Baptiste recorded a double-double of 14 points and 15 rebounds to go with three blocks. Kyle Anderson tallied 15 points.
Delaware, in the midst of a four-game homestand, is led offensively by Saddler (21.2 ppg). Usher (17.9 ppg), Jarvis Threatt (17.9 ppg), Anderson (11.8 ppg) and Baptiste (10.6 ppg, 7.6 rpg) are guiding a team that averages 80.8 ppg, which is tops in the CAA. The Blue Hens are also giving up 76.5 ppg, which is the most in the conference. On the positive side, Delaware is shooting a CAA- best 71 percent from the foul line and 36.4 percent from beyond the arc, which ranks second. They're also limiting teams to 30.4 percent from 3-point range, the best mark in the conference.
The Cougars are allowing only 62.6 ppg and are holding teams to 40.9 percent from the field, second-best in the CAA. On the negative side, the Cougars are scoring just 63.8 ppg, which is ahead of only James Madison in the conference.
On Saturday, the Cougars earned a 67-49 home win over Hofstra. Willis Hall recorded a double-double with 18 points and 11 rebounds. Anthony Stitt chipped in 16 points and five rebounds, while Nori Johnson contributed 14 points on 5-of-9 shooting from the floor. Anthony Thomas pulled down nine boards as the Cougars snapped a two-game losing streak.
Hall (12.6 ppg, 9.3 rpg) and Stitt (10.7 ppg) are the lone players averaging double-digits in scoring, and Hall is third in the CAA in rebounding. Adjehi Baru (9.7 ppg, 7.6 rpg) is also part of the starting lineup for the Cougars.
The Blue Hens have won eight straight home contests, which is their longest since a 17-game run from Jan. 24, 1999 - Jan. 27, 2000. Expect the run to continue against a team that has had trouble offensively all season.
Sports Network Predicted Outcome: Delaware 83, College of Charleston 71
02/05 10:32:57 ET