CAA Tournament: Northeastern vs Hofstra Prediction
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The top two seeds in the Colonial Athletic Association Tournament will meet tonight with the winner punching their ticket to the Big Dance.
No.1 seed Hofstra barely survived No.5 Delaware in the semifinals, escaping with a 78-74 overtime victory. Senior and leader of the Pride, Justin Wright-Foreman, established a new CAA record with 42 points to lead the way. Coincidentally, the previous records came against Hofstra: The previous championship record of 37 points was held by Jordon Talley of UNCW (3/4/18 vs. Hofstra) and Marcus Thornton of William & Mary (3/8/15 vs. Hofstra).
No.2 seed Northeastern defeated a difficult No.3 seed in Charleston, 70-67. The victory sends Northeastern back to the CAA championship game for the second straight season, and third time in the last five years, setting up a battle CAA fans have been anticipating.
Wright-Foreman is special
Everyone who has watched Hofstra basketball over the last few years has come to the realization that Justin Wright-Foreman is a special player that does not come around often. He has scored in double figures for the 86 consecutive game. It is the nation’s second-longest active streak and it is tied with Jeff Mullins (Duke; 1961-64) for seventh all-time in NCAA Division I history.
Northeastern isn’t scared
The Huskies will not back down from Hofstra. They split the season series with the Pride and won the last matchup by 14 points at home. They have their own version of Wright-Foreman in senior Vasa Pusica. The transfer from San Diego has been a revelation since he stepped on campus in 2016. After sitting out a season, Pusica has led this ball club in points, assists, steals and free throw percentage. In the semifinals, Pusica passed Scott Eatherton for Northeastern’s program record for scoring among two-year players with 1,033 points.
According to TeamRankings.com if Hofstra wins the CAA final they will likely be a No.13-seed in the NCAA Tournament. That same website lists Northeastern as a projected No.12 seed if they should win this game.
I disagree completely with these predictions and believe Hofstra would be the more likely at a 12-seed. A very dangerous one at that.
LINE: -2.5 Northeastern
Dan’s Bet: +2.5 Hofstra
I was surprised to see Hofstra as the underdog in this matchup–but the lines-makers know what they are doing. Re-watching the previous matchup between these two squads, Northeastern thoroughly dominated the Pride. I just can’t see that happening again in Wright-Foreman’s last attempt at an NCAA Tournament bid.
Score Prediction: Hofstra 71 Northeastern 70
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