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Monmouth Hawks vs. Saint Peter's Peacocks Pick-Odds-Prediction 2/22/14

Saint Peter's Peacocks (10-16) at Monmouth Hawks (10-18)

College Basketball: Saturday, February 22, 2014 at 7:00 pm (Multipurpose Activity Center)

The Line: Monmouth Hawks -2 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds

TV: ESPN3

Storyline: Monmouth hopes to put the brakes on a six-game slide when they welcomes St. Peter’s Saturday.

The Breakdown: Monmouth dropped to 4-13 for 9th place in the MAAC after a 75-61 home loss to Manhattan Wednesday. Freshman G Josh James scored a team-high 15 points and grabbed 5 rebounds, freshman G Deon Jones had 14 points and 9 boards, and junior G Andrew Nicholas added 11 points. The Hawks connected on 39.3 percent from the floor and 30.0 percent from outside the arc to the Jaspers’ 51.9 percent from the field and 42.9 percent from distance. Monmouth finished with a narrow 42-38 advantage on the boards, but struggled from the free throw line, connecting on just 14 of 27. Through 28 games, the Hawks are averaging 70.3 ppg on 41.9 percent shooting. Jones leads the team with 15.3 ppg, followed by Nicholas at 14.0 ppg.

Monmouth Hawks vs. Saint Peter's Peacocks Pick-Odds-Prediction 2/22/14

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Meanwhile, St. Peter’s improved to 6-11 for 8th place in the conference after a narrow 58-57 escape against Marist Thursday. Junior F Marvin Dominique scored a game-high 23 points to go with 9 rebounds, junior G Desi Washington had 18 points, including 4 of 9 from downtown, and freshman G Trevis Wyche added 7 points and 5 assists. The Peacocks outshot the Red Foxes from the floor 44.0 percent to 41.2 percent and from outside the arc 47.4 percent to 41.2 percent. St Peter’s also came away with a 38-26 rebounding edge and converted 5 of 8 from the free throw line. On the season, the Peacocks are averaging 63.2 ppg on 40.3 percent shooting. Dominique leads the team with 17.2 ppg, followed by Washington at 13.3 ppg.

Rick’s Pick: The line in this one is currently set at -2 for Monmouth. St. Peter’s scored a decisive 61-50 home victory when these two met two weeks ago and Monmouth hasn’t won a game in a month, although they’ve gotten close with two overtime losses and four by single digits. Look for the Hawks to end their gigantic slide and cover the modest spread.

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Monmouth -2

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