Last Updated: 2017-03-06
Colonial Athletic foes will collide when the Hofstra Pride (11-5) challenge the Drexel Dragons (3-12) at Mack Sports Complex. Action begins at 7:00 pm ET on Thursday, Jan. 14.
The Pride enter this game hoping for similar success after topping Elon 80-76 in their last matchup. Rokas Gustys played a pivotal role, recording his sixth double-double of the season with 19 points and 12 rebounds. The Dragons, meanwhile, are coming off a 61-54 win against Charleston in their last game. Rodney Williams led the game in scoring by registering 19 points on 7-for-11 shooting.
Gustys has taken his game to another level over the last five games for the Pride. During that stretch, he has averaged 14.8 points, 10.4 rebounds, 1.0 assist, 1.4 steals, and 1.4 blocks.
This one isn’t expected to be close when Hofstra, a substantial 11-point favorite, takes on Drexel. The Over/Under (O/U) is sitting at 141 points for this matchup.
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The Pride come into this game 11-5 Straight Up (SU) and 6-6-1 Against The Spread (ATS). The Pride are one of the best in Division I in terms of field-goal percentage, shooting an impressive .383 from beyond the arc. Hofstra will look to take advantage of the Dragons and their propensity to foul. Drexel ranks 333rd in the nation in fouls, averaging 23.0 per game.
Over on the other bench, the Dragons have records of 6-7-1 ATS and 3-12 SU.
This game marks the season’s first head-to-head clash between these conference foes. Their previous game was a Pride victory, but the win was not enough for them to overtake Drexel in their recent head-to-head series. Their record is now 3-7 SU over the last few meetings. On the other hand, Hofstra holds the advantage ATS with a record of 7-3. In these last five matchups, each team was able to hold the edge in field goals, rebounds, and three-pointers once.
Predictions: SU Winner – Hof, ATS Winner – Hof, O/U – Over
Drexel is 1-6 SU in its last 7 games on the road.
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Drexel’s last 5 games on the road.
Drexel is 2-4 ATS in its last 6 games when playing on the road against Hofstra.
Drexel is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games when playing on the road against Hofstra.
Hofstra is 1-4 SU in its last 5 games when playing at home against Drexel.
Ranked 55th, the Hofstra Pride have an offensive rating of 112.9. The Drexel Dragons rank 246th with a defensive rating of just 105.7.
Drexel has an average field goal percentage of 39.1%. Hofstra is a solid 8-5 when opponents have a similar or higher field goal percentage.
The Hofstra Pride rank lower for their field goal percentage (119th) than they do for their effective field goal percentage (84th), but the Drexel Dragons have a better FG% ranking (332nd) than eFG% ranking (340th).
Hofstra ranks 78th in assists, registering 15.2 per game. Drexel performs worse at 310th with 11.3 assists per game.
The Drexel Dragons rank 97th in offensive rebounds. The Hofstra Pride rank 168th in the nation in defensive rebounds.
Hofstra has forced an average turnover percentage of 18.5% this season. Drexel has a subpar 1-5 record when its TO% is 18.5% or higher.