Delaware, Hofstra meet in CAA semis
No. 5 seed Delaware (17-15, 9-10) vs. No. 1 seed Hofstra (26-6, 16-3)
Colonial Conference Tourney Semifinals, North Charleston Coliseum, North Charleston, South Carolina; Monday, 5 p.m. EDT
BOTTOM LINE: Hofstra is set to take on Delaware with the winner securing a spot in the CAA championship game. In the regular season, Hofstra won both of the head-to-head matchups. The teams last faced each other on March 2, when the Pride outshot Delaware 60 percent to 48.2 percent and hit 12 more free throws en route to a 92-70 victory.
SAVVY VETERANS: Senior leadership could play a big role in this game’s outcome. Justin Wright-Foreman, Eli Pemberton, Desure Buie and Jacquil Taylor have collectively accounted for 73 percent of Hofstra’s scoring this season. For Delaware, Eric Carter, Ryan Allen, Ithiel Horton and Darian Bryant have collectively accounted for 64 percent of all Delaware scoring, including 71 percent of the team’s points over its last five games.
JUMPING FOR JUSTIN: Wright-Foreman has connected on 43.8 percent of the 235 3-pointers he’s attempted and has gone 21 for 43 over his last five games. He’s also made 86.3 percent of his free throws this season.
ASSIST RATIOS: The Fightin’ Blue Hens have recently created baskets via assists more often than the Pride. Hofstra has an assist on 33 of 90 field goals (36.7 percent) over its past three games while Delaware has assists on 38 of 82 field goals (46.3 percent) during its past three games.
DID YOU KNOW: The Hofstra offense has recorded a turnover on only 14.1 percent of its possessions, which is the fourth-lowest rate in the country. The Delaware defense has forced opposing teams to turn the ball over on just 15.1 percent of all possessions (ranked 344th among Division I teams).