Northeastern, Hofstra meet in CAA finals
Colonial Conference Tourney Championship, Entertainment & Sports Arena, Washington; Tuesday, 6 p.m. EDT
BOTTOM LINE: Northeastern is set to face off against Hofstra in the Championship of the CAA tournament. Hofstra won both of the regular season matchups earlier this season. The teams last faced each other on Feb. 8, when Northeastern made just 13 free throws on 15 attempts while the Pride went 24 for 29 en route to the 75-71 victory.
SAVVY VETERANS: Senior leadership has been on display for both teams this year. Desure Buie, Eli Pemberton, Isaac Kante and Tareq Coburn have combined to account for 76 percent of Hofstra’s scoring this season. For Northeastern, Jordan Roland, Bolden Brace, Tyson Walker and Maxime Boursiquot have combined to account for 71 percent of all Northeastern scoring, including 82 percent of the team’s points over its last five games.
FACILITATING THE OFFENSE: Buie has either made or assisted on 54 percent of all Hofstra field goals over the last five games. Buie has 29 field goals and 38 assists in those games.
UNBEATEN WHEN: The Pride are 20-0 when they score at least 72 points and 5-8 when they fall shy of that total. The Huskies are 5-0 when they make 12 or more 3-pointers and 12-15 when the team hits fewer than 12 from long range.
ASSIST-TO-FG RATIO: The Huskies have recently used assists to create baskets more often than the Pride. Hofstra has an assist on 38 of 79 field goals (48.1 percent) across its previous three outings while Northeastern has assists on 45 of 77 field goals (58.4 percent) during its past three games.
DID YOU KNOW: Hofstra is ranked first among CAA teams with an average of 76.5 points per game.