The UNCW Seahawks (5-9, 0-1 CAA), who are currently on a six-game losing streak, will try to get back in the win column when they visit John A Daskalakis Center to clash with the Drexel Dragons (7-7, 0-1 CAA). Tip-off is scheduled for 7 p.m. ET on Monday, December 30, 2019.
UNCW Seahawks vs. Drexel Dragons Odds Preview
The Seahawks were beaten by the Delaware Fightin’ Blue Hens in their last contest, 82-68. Shykeim Phillips had a solid performance for UNCW, contributing 10 points. Delaware had an effective field goal percentage of 0.642 (above their season average of 0.557). UNCW, meanwhile, had a better turnover percentage (14.2 vs. 15.6).
In the Dragons’ last matchup, they were topped by the Charleston Cougars, 76-65. With 18 points and 13 rebounds, James Butler played well for Drexel. Charleston had an effective field goal percentage of 0.639 (above their season average of 0.496). Drexel, on the other hand, had an offensive rebounding percentage of 38.9 (above their season average of 31.9).
This will be the first matchup of the year between these two teams, after splitting two games last season. The Dragons won the last matchup 69-57. The Dragons played a nearly flawless game. They had a free throw rate of 0.236 and an effective field goal percentage of 0.509. The Seahawks recorded marks of 0.111 and 0.397, respectively, for those same stats.
Drexel could have difficulty getting to the charity stripe in this matchup. The Dragons currently rank 179th in the nation with a free throw attempt (FTA) rate of 0.222, while UNCW ranks 55th in FTA rate allowed (0.166).
UNCW vs. Drexel Free Prediction
Basketball Tip: SU Winner – Drexel, ATS Winner – UNCW, O/U – Over
The Dragons average 36.6 rebounds per game, which ranks 115th in the country. The Seahawks rank 136th in rebounds allowed per game (34.9).
Drexel ranks 72nd in blocked shots (3.8 per game) while UNCW ranks 76th in blocks allowed per game (3.1).
Drexel ranks 38th in three pointers allowed per game (18.9) while UNCW ranks 171st (23.4).
The Dragons rank 58th in assists per game (15.1) while the Seahawks rank 163rd in assists allowed per game (13.8).
UNCW averages 6.0 steals per game, which ranks 157th in the nation. Drexel ranks 189th in steals allowed per game (8.6).
The Dragons’ average margin of defeat in their last five games has been 5.2, up from 1.2 for the season.
During their last five games, the Seahawks have scored an average of 63.0 points per game (9.6 below their season average) and allowed an average of 78.0 points per game (4.9 above their season average).