Denver Pioneers vs. Saint Joseph's Hawks - 12/29/14 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Saint Joseph's Hawks (6-4) at Denver Pioneers (5-7)
College Basketball: Monday, December 29, 2014 at 9:00 pm (Magness Arena)
The Line: Denver Pioneers -2 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
TV: Root Sports
The Saint Joseph’s Hawks will travel to the Magness Arena to take on the Denver Pioneers this Monday night.
The Saint Joseph’s Hawks defeated the Marist Red Foxes 75-58 on December 20th to improve to 6-4 on the season. The Hawks shot 56.0% from the field and forced the Red Foxes to commit 17 turnovers in the victory. Leading the way for Saint Joseph’s was DeAndre Bembry who had 16 points, 9 rebounds, and 7 assists. The Hawks are currently ranked 121st in the RPI Standings and have played the 191st ranked SOS. On the season, Saint Joseph’s has been led by DeAndre Bembry (14.9 ppg, 6.7 rpg, 3.0 apg), Isaiah Miles (10.3 ppg, 5.6 rpg), and Aaron Brown (9.2 ppg, 3.7 rpg). Offensively, the Hawks are averaging 59.9 ppg (ranked 314th) on 39.4% shooting (ranked 297th). Saint Joseph’s struggles at the free-throw line as they are only shooting 61.3% as a team (ranked 327th). The Hawks do most of their offensive damage inside as they are currently only averaging 4.0 three-pointers per game (ranked 332nd) on 25.2% three-point shooting (ranked 342nd). Defensively, Saint Joseph’s is allowing 62.3 ppg (ranked 106th) on 42.2% shooting (ranked 169th).
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The Denver Pioneers fell to 5-7 on the season after being defeated by the Bryant Bulldogs 48-46 just over a week ago. Denver had difficulty on the offensive end as they only scored 12 points in the first half and shot just 7.7% (1-13 3PM-A) from beyond the arc in the loss. Leading the way for the Pioneers was Cam Griffin who had 14 points, 6 rebound, 2 assists, and 2 steals. Denver is ranked 252nd in the RPI Standings and has played the 188th ranked SOS. On the season, the Pioneers have been led by Cam Griffin (13.1 ppg, 5.8 rpg, 2.7 apg, 1.8 spg), Nate Engesser (11.4 ppg, 2.1 rpg), and Brett Olson (11.1 ppg, 3.3 rpg, 3.2 apg). Offensively, Denver is averaging 62.4 ppg (ranked 286th) on 47.8% shooting (ranked 204th). The Pioneers average 8.1 three-pointers per game (ranked 41st) and shoot 38.2% from three-point range (ranked 53rd). Defensively, Denver allows an average 62.0 ppg (ranked 93rd) on 46.6% shooting (ranked 314th). The Pioneers struggle on the glass as they average 19.42 defensive rpg (ranked 336th) and 24.17 total rpg (ranked 345th).
The Hawks are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 Monday games and 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games following a S.U. win. The Pioneers are 6-0 ATS in their last 6 games following a S.U. loss and 4-1 ATS in their last 5 home games.
Denver has been a bit disappointing early on the season as the expectations were high for the Pioneers this year. I imagine this this is going to be a low scoring game, however I think I’m going to roll with Denver as I just don’t trust the Hawks offense. Take the Pioneers to cover the small spread.