Fordham vs. Saint Joseph's - 2/29/20 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
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Fordham Rams (7-20) at Saint Joseph's Hawks (5-23)
College Basketball: Saturday, February 29, 2020 at 1:00 pm (Michael J. Hagan '85 Arena)
The Line: Saint Joseph's Hawks -4.5 -- Over/Under: 129 Click Here for the Latest Odds
The Fordham Rams (7-20, 1-14 CONF) and the St. Joe’s Hawks (5-23, 1-14 CONF) will meet on Saturday, February 29th for an A10 conference matchup at the Hagan Arena in Philadelphia, PA. The game will be played at 1:00 PM eastern time.
Fordham is coming off a 76-75 home loss against Rhode Island in their last game. It is always quite surprising to see Fordham score more than 60 points this season, as their offense has struggled all season long. Fordham is currently on a nine-game losing streak. St. Joe’s is coming off a 76-63 road loss to Saint Louis in their last game. St. Joe’s has now lost back-to-back games after earning their first and so far only conference win of the season.
Fordham scores 57.4 points per game on 37.9 percent field goal shooting this season. Fordham’s leading scorer is G Jalen Cobb, who scores 10.5 points per game. The leading rebounder for Fordham is F Joel Soriano, who earns 5.7 rebounds per game. Fordham allows 61.9 points per game to the opposition, therefore they have a -4.5 scoring differential so far this season. Fordham also earns 32.6 rebounds, 11.6 assists, 2.6 blocks, and 7.1 steals per game as a team.
St. Joe’s scores 68.4 points per game on 38.6 percent field goal shooting this season. St. Joe’s leading scorer and rebounder is G Ryan Daly, who scores 20.2 points per game and earns 7.2 rebounds per game. St. Joe’s gives up 79.6 points per game to the opposition, thus they have a -11.2 scoring differential so far this season. St. Joe’s also earns 36.0 rebounds, 12.3 assists, 2.8 blocks, and 4.8 steals per game as a team.
Fordham is 11-16 against the spread this season and 5-5 against the spread in their last ten games. Fordham is also 3-4 against the spread on the road so far this season. St. Joe’s is 12-14-2 against the spread this season and 3-5-2 against the spread in their last ten games. St. Joe’s is also 6-6 against the spread at home so far this season.
Even though both of these teams have had very similar results when it comes to their record, these two teams play very different styles of basketball. I think Saint Joseph's is much better than the record, which is not hard to be since they are a measly 5-23. Even still, I think Saint Joe's offense will overpower Fordham in this one, and Fordham will not be able to keep up. Saint Joseph's is the side I am taking in this one.