Saint Peter's Peacocks vs. Marist Red Foxes Pick-Odds-Prediction 2/20/14
Marist Red Foxes (11-15) at Saint Peter's Peacocks (9-16)
College Basketball: Thursday, February 20, 2014 at 8:30 pm (Yanitelli Center)
The Line: Saint Peter's Peacocks -2 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
Storyline: Marist eyes three consecutive wins when they visit St. Peter’s at the Yanitelli Center Thursday.
The Breakdown: The Red Foxes improved to 8-8 for 6th place in the MAAC after edging Monmouth 96-92 in double overtime Thursday. Junior G Chavaughn Lewis scored a game-high 28 points and grabbed 8 rebounds, freshman G Khallid Hart had 26 points and 6 assists, and senior F Jaye Bowie added 24 points and 10 boards. Marist connected on 45.5 percent from the floor and 15 of 34 from outside the arc to the Hawks’ 50.7 percent from the field and 7 of 20 from distance. The Red Foxes also finished with a slim 39-36 advantage on the boards and converted 21 of 29 from the free throw line. Through 26 games, Marist is averaging 67.0 ppg on 40.3 percent shooting. Lewis leads the team with 17.4 ppg, followed by Hart at 14.5 ppg.
St. Peter’s, meanwhile, dropped to 5-11 for 8th place in the conference behind its second consecutive loss 74-64 at Quinnipiac Sunday. The Peacocks were outshot from the floor 50.0 percent to 41.1 percent and from outside the arc 30.0 percent to 20.0 percent, while also conceding a 42-28 rebounding advantage and converting just 14 of 24 from the free throw line. Freshman G Trevis Wyche scored a team-high 16 points and dished out 4 assists, junior F Marvin Dominique had 15 points and a game-high 14 rebounds, and senior G Chris Burke added 12 points and 3 assists. On the season, St. Peter’s is averaging 63.4 ppg on 40.1 percent shooting. Dominique leads the team with 17.0 ppg, followed by junior G Desi Washington at 13.2 ppg.
Rick’s Pick: The line in this one is currently set at -2 for St. Peter’s. Marist scored a 70-63 victory when these two squared off a month ago and the Peacocks topped the Red Foxes from the field and on the boards, but turned the ball over 16 times and missed somekey shots down the stretch. Look for that to change at home, though, and for St. Pete’s to cover.