Hofstra (4-10) at Delaware (8-7)
The Sports Network
DATE & TIME: Wednesday, January 8, 7 p.m. (ET)
FACTS & STATS: Site: Bob Carpenter Center (5,000) -- Newark, Delaware. Television: None. Home Record: Hofstra 3-4, Delaware 3-1. Away Record: Hofstra 0-5, Delaware 4-6. Neutral Record: Hofstra 1-1, Delaware 1-0. Conference Record: Hofstra 0-0, Delaware 0-0. Series Record: Hofstra leads, 48-28.
GAME NOTES: Delaware goes after its third consecutive win when the Blue Hens begin Colonial Athletic Association play at home on Wednesday night against Hofstra.
Delaware is coming off an 82-72 victory over Cal Poly on Saturday. Jarvis Threatt led the way with 25 points, eight rebounds and seven assists. Devon Saddler knocked down 5-of-7 3-pointers off the bench and finished with 22 points, while Kyle Anderson added 15 points and Davon Usher scored 12.
Threatt needs eight more points to become the 31st player in Delaware history to score 1,000 for his collegiate career. Head coach Monte Ross can earn his 99th win with the school, which would tie current Notre Dame coach Mike Brey for third place on Delaware's all-time victory list.
The Blue Hens, who have won three in a row at home, are led by Saddler, who has played in only eight games this season with two starts. The senior guard, who missed seven games due to a suspension, is averaging 20.4 ppg. He is the fourth-leading active scorer in Division I with 1,833 points and is poised to become Delaware's all-time leading scorer this season with just 198 more points. Threatt (17.9 ppg, 5.5 apg), Usher (17.1 ppg, 6.5 rpg), Kyle Anderson (14.3 ppg) and Carl Baptiste (10.3, 7.7 rpg) are part of a starting lineup on a team that leads the CAA with 81.1 ppg. Part of Delaware's success can be attributed to taking care of the basketball. The Blue Hens have turned the ball over in single digits in three of the last four contests, after recording double-digit turnovers in each of the first 11 games.
Hofstra has lost two in a row and four of its last five contests. The Pride suffered an 86-67 loss at Fairleigh Dickinson on Sunday. Zeke Upshaw had 22 points and Jamall Robinson added 11 points in defeat.
Upshaw (18.9 ppg) qualifies as the second-leading scorer in the CAA. The graduate forward, who attended Illinois State for four years, is averaging 34.4 minutes per game. Guard Dion Nesmith (13.0 ppg) is the only other player averaging double figures for Hofstra, which is next-to-last in the conference in free-throw shooting (.643). It's been a tough year for the Pride, who have nine newcomers to their roster. The top three scorers on the team, which includes Robinson (9.8 ppg) are all new. Moussa Kone (7.0 ppg, 6.4 rpg), who started the first 11 contests, had eight points and a game-high eight rebounds at Fairleigh Dickinson.
Delaware has won the last five meetings with Hofstra, including a 62-57 triumph in last season's CAA tourney quarterfinals. The Pride's last win in the series was on Feb. 26, 2011.
Sports Network Predicted Outcome: Delaware 81, Hofstra 67
01/08 10:32:28 ET