St. John's Red Storm vs. Seton Hall Pirates - 1/18/20 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
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Seton Hall Pirates (13-4) at St. John's Red Storm (12-6)
College Basketball: Saturday, January 18, 2020 at 12:00 pm (Madison Square Garden)
The Line: St. John's Red Storm +5 -- Over/Under: 141.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds
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The 18th ranked Seton Hall Pirates will travel to Madison Square Garden to take on the St. John’s Red Storm this Saturday afternoon in College Basketball action.
The 18th ranked Seton Hall Pirates won their 7th straight game and improved to 13-4 (5-0 Big East) on the season after upsetting the 5th ranked Butler Bulldogs, 78-70, this past Wednesday. Seton Hall trailed by a 40-30 margin at halftime, however, was outstanding offensively in the 2nd half and pulled away after taking a 70-66 lead with 3:13 left in regulation. Seton Hall shot 41.4% from the field and held Butler to just 28.6% shooting from beyond the arc in the victory. Leading the way for the Pirates was Myles Powell who had 29 points, 7 rebounds, 2 assists, and 3 steals.
On the season, Seton Hall is averaging 75.2 ppg on 44.8% shooting from the field. The Pirates are averaging 8.0 three-pointers per game on 33.8% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, Seton Hall has been led by Myles Powell (22.0 ppg, 5.1 rpg, 2.3 apg, 1.5 spg), Quincy McKnight (10.9 ppg, 3.3 rpg, 5.3 apg, 1.5 spg) and Jared Rhoden (8.6 ppg, 6.2 rpg, 1.4 spg).
Defensively, Seton Hall is holding their opponents to an average of 64.4 ppg on 38.6% shooting from the field. The Pirates have a rebound margin of 1.5 and a turnover margin of 1.8.
The St. John’s Red Storm dropped to 12-6 (1-4 Big East) on the season after being defeated by the Providence Friars, 63-58, this past Wednesday. St. John’s held a 39-36 lead with 13:35 remaining in the 2nd half, however, struggled offensively down the stretch and couldn’t fight back after the Friars took a 58-52 lead with 3:09 left in regulation. St. John’s shot just 37.9% from the field and 27.3% from beyond the arc in the loss. Leading the way for the Red Storm was LJ Figueroa who had 12 points, 9 rebounds, 1 assist, 2 blocks and 5 steals.
On the season, St. John’s is averaging 75.6 ppg on 41.1% shooting from the field. The Red Storm are averaging 5.7 three-pointers per game on 28.9% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, St. John’s has been led by LJ Figueroa (14.6 ppg, 4.9 rpg, 2.1 apg, 2.1 spg), Mustapha Heron (13.5 ppg, 2.2 rpg, 1.6 apg), and Rasheem Dunn (12.1 ppg, 3.5 rpg, 3.1 apg, 1.3 spg).
Defensively, St. John’s is allowing their opponents to average 67.8 ppg on 39.1% shooting from the field. The Red Storm have a rebound margin of -0.3 and a turnover margin of 5.8.
The Pirates are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 games as a favorite and 16-5 ATS in their last 21 games following a ATS win. The Red Storm are 4-0-1 ATS in their last 5 home games and 6-1-2 ATS in their last 9 games overall.
Seton Hall showed how dangerous a team they can be this season in the 2nd half of their recent victory at Butler and have been solid on both ends of the court this season as they currently rank 93rd in scoring offense & 72nd in scoring defense. St. John’s doesn’t shoot the ball that well, but their still able to put up points as they rank 87th in scoring offense and have been solid defensively as they come into this match-up ranked 4th in steals per game & 44th in defensively FG%.
Seton Hall is the better team, however, St. John’s is always a tough team when they take the court at Madison Square Garden and between the fact that I think their defense will have some success against the Pirates and that I expect a bit of a let down from the Pirates who will be playing their 3rd road game over the past 10 days, I think the Red Storm do enough to cover with the points.