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Saint Joseph's Hawks vs. Drexel Dragons Pick-Odds-Prediction 12/18/13

Drexel Dragons (7-2) at Saint Joseph's Hawks (4-4)

College Basketball: Wednesday, December 18, 2013 at 7:00 pm (Hagan Arena)

The Line: Saint Joseph's Hawks -2.5 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds

TV: ESPN3

The 7-2 Drexel Dragons battle the 4-4 St. Joseph’s Hawks in Philly college hoops action Wednesday night at 7PM.

Drexel’s strong play early this season continued with a solid 72-58 win over the Davidson Wildcats this past weekend.  The win marked four in a row for the Dragons and was a nice change of pace from the stressful, multiple OT wins they have been racking up of late.  Leading the way for Drexel was swingman Frantz Massenat.  Massenat led all scorers with 25 for the game, including 6-10 from the field, 11-16 from the line and 7 boards to go along with his points.  Chris Fouch added 17 points and big man Dartaye Ruffin ripped down 11 boards and played a huge role in the Dragons +9 rebounding advantage.  The Drexel defense forced just 6 turnovers for the contest, but affected the Wildcats shooting as the usually efficient Davidson squad finished just 19-58 from the field -- one of their worst outings of the year.

Saint Joseph's Hawks vs. Drexel Dragons Pick-Odds-Prediction 12/18/13

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St. Joseph’s sits at 4-4 on the year and are coming off a deflating loss to cross town rival Villanova, 98-68.  The Hawks struggled in all facets in this contest and were completely overwhelmed by the physical guard play of the Wildcats.  After trailing by just 4 at the half, the Hawks yielded a whopping 59 points in the second half, shot the ball poorly themselves and finished the contest just 4-20 from the three point line -- Villanova was able to knock down 12 of their own.  St. Joe’s had four starters score in double figures, but managed only 4 total bench points.  The Hawks will need to get better contributions from their bench if they want to avoid being an average, middle of the pack A-10 squad this season.

Some trends to consider -- Drexel is 6-0 against the spread in their last 6 road games and St. Joe’s is 4-0 against the spread in their last 4 after a loss at home.

While these two campuses are not separated by much distance, the depth and experience advantage for Drexel is significant and I expect that to be the difference in this contest.  St. Joe’s will struggle to stop Massenat from getting buckets and the Drexel front line has the clear advantage on the boards.  Look for the Dragons to pull away about half way through the second half for the cover.

 

Drexel +2.5

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