Brown vs. Saint Peter's - 11/14/14 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Saint Peter's Peacocks (0-0) at Brown Bears (0-0)
College Basketball: Friday, November 14, 2014 at 8:00 pm (Pizzitola Sports Center)
The Line: Brown Bears -6 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
The Saint Peter’s Peacocks and Brown Bears play Friday night at the Pizzitola Sports Center.
The Saint Peter’s Peacocks finished with a decent 14-17 record last season and have the ability to top last year’s numbers. The reason for the most excitement comes with the addition of Elisha Boone, who was the highest rated recruit in the MAAC. Boone brings explosiveness and much needed scoring to a Saint Peter’s team that averaged just 63.3 points per game a season ago. Along with that, Saint Peter’s returns last year’s leading scorer and rebounder Marvin Dominique, as well as Desi Washington, who was the only other Peacock to score in the double figures. Considering Saint Peter’s allowed an average of 65.9 points per game, offense is truly the only real concern with this team. If the three guys mentioned above live up to expectations, Saint Peter’s has a chance to have a successful season in the MAAC.
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The Brown Bears hope to build on last season’s winning season that produced a 15-14 record. Brown has a solid frontcourt to build around with the return of Rafael Maia and Cedric Kuakumensah. Maia racked up 8.1 rebounds last season, while Kuakumensah averaged an incredible 3.2 blocks per game. The Brown Bears were 13th in the country in rebounding and allowed an average of 67.3 points. The concern for Brown is where the offense is going to come from, especially with the only double-digit scorer in Sean McGonagill no longer on the team. Leland King and Tavon Blackmon will have to build on decent freshmen efforts and newcomer Patrick Triplett will have to hit the ground running. With two defensive anchors in place, the Brown Bears are bound to be a force in the Ivy League this season.
The Peacocks are 3-1-1 ATS in their last 5 vs. Ivy League and 21-43-2 ATS in their last 66 games overall. The Bears are 6-13 ATS in their last 19 non-conference games and 9-4-1 ATS in their last 14 games overall.
Both teams struggle mightily on the offensive end but play great defense, which means that free points is usually always the way to go. In fact, with the additions and guys who returned, don't be shocked if the Saint Peter's Peacocks win this game outright.