Georgia State (10-12) at Northeastern (13-7)
The Sports Network
DATE & TIME: Wednesday, January 30, 7 p.m. (et)
FACTS & STATS: Site: Matthews Arena (6,000) -- Boston, Massachusetts. Television: None. Home Record: GSU 7-5, Northeastern 5-5. Away Record: GSU 3-7, Northeastern 6-1. Neutral Record: GSU 0-0, Northeastern 2-1. Conference Record: GSU 5-4, Northeastern 8-0. Series Record: Northeastern leads, 9-5.
GAME NOTES: The lone unbeaten team in Colonial Athletic Association play at this point in the campaign, the Northeastern Huskies take the floor at Matthews Arena in Boston on Wednesday night as they play host to the Georgia State Panthers.
Over the weekend, the Huskies recorded a resounding 71-51 victory over George Mason at home, marking the team's eighth win in a row which is the longest run for the program since putting together a streak of 11 straight back in 2009-10. Northeastern has also won four in a row at home after starting the campaign with a mark of 1-5 in its own building.
As for the Panthers, they are currently tied with Towson for fifth place in the CAA standings with a record of 5-4 after losing to Drexel on the road last Saturday, 68-57. The defeat snapped a four-game win streak for the squad and has it just 3-7 on the road in 2012-13, which isn't a good sign as it heads to Massachusetts.
The Huskies lead the all-time series by a count of 9-5, thanks in part to a 60-57 win in the last meeting played in Boston. However, the Panthers are the ones who claimed victory in the most recent encounter regardless of venue, with a 61-59 triumph in Atlanta last February.
Manny Atkins logged the first double-double of his career in the meeting with Drexel, delivering 15 points and 10 rebounds as he converted all eight of his attempts at the free-throw line, but still the Panthers took the loss after being held without a field goal for almost 14 minutes during one stretch. Devonta White accounted for 14 points and Rashaad Richardson 12, the latter reaching double figures for the fourth time in the last six outings, but still it wasn't enough. In conference games, Atkins (15.1 ppg) and White (13.6 ppg) are key figures at the offensive end of the floor, having combined for 62 of the unit's 105 assists over nine games, while R.J. Hunter is responsible for a team-best 16.7 ppg.
Holding George Mason to just 33.9 percent from the floor and 4-of-17 behind the 3-point line, the Huskies made it look rather easy to dismiss the visitors by 20 points on Sunday night. Quincy Ford and Joel Smith both tallied a team- best 15 points for the hosts, the former grabbing seven rebounds and the latter clearing six boards and handing out six assists along the way. Reggie Spencer checked in with 14 points and six rebounds and Dinko Marshavelski another 11 points as he made 5-of-6 shots from the floor in just 10 minutes off the bench. One of two players to have started all 20 games this season, Smith leads the team with 16.6 ppg, stemming from his 40.7 percent accuracy on the perimeter. Ford accounts for 13.3 ppg and 6.0 rpg for a team that is closing in on 70 ppg at this point in the season.
GSU has the talent to take down the Huskies for sure, but Northeastern seems to have found a groove at home in recent weeks and has certainly been on top of CAA opponents all year long, which is why picking against the hosts might not be a good idea.
Sports Network Predicted Outcome: Northeastern 72, Georgia State 63
01/30 10:33:55 ET