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DATE & TIME: Wednesday, January 29, 7 p.m. (ET)
FACTS & STATS: Site: Kaplan Arena (8,600) -- Williamsburg, Virginia. Television: Local. Home Record: Delaware 6-1, W&M 7-2. Away Record: Delaware 7-6, W&M 5-5. Neutral Record: Delaware 1-0, W&M 0-0. Conference Record: Delaware 6-0, W&M 4-2. Series Record: Delaware leads, 20-8.
GAME NOTES: The streaking Delaware Blue Hens take their act on the road tonight, as they pay a visit to the Tribe of William & Mary for a Colonial Athletic Association showdown at Kaplan Arena.
The Hens are all alone atop the league standings with an unblemished 6-0 mark at the moment, although the Tribe are one of two programs (Towson), within striking distance in second place at 4-2. At this point, the Blue Hens are closing in on an entire month of being undefeated, having last landed in the loss column on Dec. 30 at St. Bonaventure.
Over the weekend, Delaware took down the aforementioned Tigers of Towson at home in an 83-76 final, the eighth straight win overall. Should the Hens come out on top tonight, it would mark the first 7-0 start in conference play since the program posted a perfect 14-0 record as a member of the North Atlantic Conference back in 1991-92.
As for the Tribe, a team which is 7-2 at home overall and 3-0 versus CAA foes in their own building, they defeated the College of Charleston on Monday night in a 74-63 decision in Williamsburg. The victory was the second in a row and the third in four tries for the program
Delaware holds a convincing 20-8 advantage over the Tribe in the all-time series.
Against Towson, the Blue Hens scored the first points of the contest and never looked back, surviving with just 43.3 percent accuracy from the floor and 5- of-21 behind the 3-point line. Devon Saddler led four players in double figures as he dropped in 23 points off the bench, followed by Jarvis Threatt with 20. Davon Usher checked in with 17 points, matching Threatt for the team high with three assists, while Marvin King-Davis dropped in 10 points in only 17 minutes of action.
Despite coming off the bench in most outings, Saddler is still one of the top performers on the squad this season, having been named the CAA Player of the Week on Monday as he closes in on the school's all-time record for scoring. Needing just 24 points to reach 2,000 for his career, Saddler is just 55 points shy of tying the all-time school mark of 2,030 points held by Mike Pegues. In conference play, Saddler is scoring 23.8 ppg, followed by Usher and Threatt with 17.8 ppg each in such outings.
It was announced on Wednesday however, that both Threatt and King-Davis (5.8 ppg, 4.4 rpg) have been suspended indefinitely for a violation of unspecified team and university rules. The loss of Threatt is big, as he is second on the team and fifth in the CAA in scoring (17.9 ppg), while heading the conference in both assists (5.4 apg) and steals (2.3 spg).
The Tribe was a bit slow to get out of the gate against the Cougars a few nights back, shooting 42.3 percent from the field, but the team picked up the pace following the break with an outstanding 69.6 percent effort, including 7- of-11 behind the 3-point line. Marcus Thornton led the way with 26 points on 10-of-17 from the floor, while Brandon Britt pitched in with 15 points off the bench as the only other double-digit performer for the group.
In conference play, the top offensive threat for the Tribe continues to be Thornton with his 19.5 ppg, derived from 20-of-40 shooting behind the 3-point line and 80.8 percent accuracy at the charity stripe. Tim Rusthoven, who was saddled with foul trouble and finished with nine points against Charleston, checks in with 12.5 ppg as a 56.0 percent shooter from the field, responsible for 5.2 rpg which is second on the unit at the moment.
Winners of 14 of their last 16 CAA road tests, including seven in a row dating back to last season, the Blue Hens are more than capable of extending that run far beyond tonight, as even without Threatt in the lineup, they are a potent offensive squad.
Sports Network Predicted Outcome: Delaware 79, William & Mary 68
01/29 12:54:47 ET
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