Northeastern (7-15) at Delaware (16-7)
The Sports Network
DATE & TIME: Monday, February 3, 7 p.m. (ET)
FACTS & STATS: Site: Bob Carpenter Center (5,000) -- Newark, Delaware. Television: None. Home Record: Northeastern 2-6, Delaware 7-1. Away Record: Northeastern 3-6, Delaware 8-6. Neutral Record: Northeastern 2-3, Delaware 1-0. Conference Record: Northeastern 4-4, Delaware 8-0. Series Record: Delaware leads, 24-19.
GAME NOTES: The top team in the Colonial Athletic Association tries to keep the good times rolling, as the Delaware Blue Hens entertain the Northeastern Huskies at the Bob Carpenter Center.
Since losing to St. Bonaventure on the road at the end of December, the Blue Hens have been perfect on the court, ripping off 10 straight victories overall. On Saturday, the team was taken to task by visiting UNC Wilmington, but down the stretch the Hens held on for the narrow 66-65 victory as they continued to play without Jarvis Threatt and Marvin King-Davis who were recently suspended for disciplinary issues.
A perfect 8-0 in CAA play, Delaware is the only undefeated team in the league and has three more CAA wins than its closest competitor (Towson).
Further down in the standings is a Northeastern group that has split its eight CAA contests. The team has been out of action since last Wednesday when it fell to James Madison at home, 49-46. The setback snapped a brief two-game win streak and means the program is now a mere 2-6 at home in 2013-14.
These teams met just over two weeks ago in Boston, with the visitors picking up a 74-70 win, which means Delaware is now ahead in the all-time series by a 24-19 margin.
The Huskies kept themselves from getting out in front of James Madison last week as they posted just as many turnovers (17) as made field goals. David Walker was the only player to make more than just three baskets, converting 5- of-10 from the floor as he tallied 15 points. Demetrius Pollard pitched in with nine points, but he knocked down only 2-of-9 behind the 3-point line, 3- of-11 from the floor overall. It also didn't help that, in a three-point decision, Northeastern converted only 6-of-13 at the free-throw line.
Through 22 games, Walker is one of two players on the Huskies who is scoring in double figures, putting up 11.8 ppg, although he is shooting just 39.7 percent from the floor while playing an average of 37 minutes per outing. The only other double-digit scorer is Scott Eatherton with 16.4 ppg, hitting his field goals at a 55.9 percent clip. Eatherton is also the top rebounder for the group with 10.2 rpg, which means he is one of only a handful of performers in the nation averaging a double-double.
Carl Baptiste hit the game-winning basket with under 30 seconds to play as the Delaware Blue Hens escaped with a 66-65 victory over the Seahawks of UNC Wilmington in CAA action at the Bob Carpenter Center over the weekend. Baptiste finished with 10 points and eight rebounds for the Blue Hens as they extended their win streak to 10 in a row, their first double-digit run under head coach Monte Ross. Devon Saddler shot only 4-of-15 from the floor and turned the ball over six times, but finished with a team-best 15 points, to go along with six boards and five assists, while Davon Usher pitched in with 13 points.
Saddler, who went over 2,000 points for his career on Saturday, is now coming up with 21.3 ppg on the campaign to lead a list of five double-digit scorers for the Hens, although Threatt (17.9 ppg) is not active at the moment. Unfortunately for the Blue Hens, not only was Threatt a very strong scorer for the team before being sat down, he also had the most assists with 107, more than twice the number of any teammate. The loss of Threatt means Usher (17.6 ppg) and Baptiste (10.4 ppg, 7.3 rpg) will have even more on their plate moving forward.
Considering how weak the offensive effort was of the Huskies the last time out and the fact that this meeting will be played in the First State, the loss of Threatt won't be enough to knock Delaware off the tracks tonight.
Sports Network Predicted Outcome: Delaware 71, Northeastern 62
02/03 10:44:48 ET