Seton Hall Pirates vs. DePaul Blue Demons - 1/22/15 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
DePaul Blue Demons (10-9) at Seton Hall Pirates (13-4)
College Basketball: Thursday, January 22, 2015 at 7:00 pm (Prudential Center)
The Line: Seton Hall Pirates -12 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
TV: Fox Sports 1
The DePaul Blue Demons and the Seton Hall Pirates will face off at the Prudential Center this Thursday night in College Basketball action.
The DePaul Blue Demons improved to 10-9 (4-2 Big East) on the season after defeating the St. John’s Red Storm 71-67 in overtime this past Sunday. DePaul shot 86.2% (25-29) from the free-throw line and came back from a halftime deficit of 29-19 for the victory. Leading the way for the Blue Devils was Myke Henry who had a double-double with 19 points and 12 rebounds. DePaul is ranked 152nd in the RPI Standings and has played the 160th ranked SOS. On the season, The Blue Demons have been led by Myke Henry (13.3 ppg, 5.5 rpg, 1.2 spg) and Billy Garrett Jr. (13.3 ppg, 2.6 rpg, 3.7 apg). Offensively, DePaul is averaging 72.7 ppg (ranked 69th) on 44.3% shooting (ranked 127th). The Blue Demons are averaging 8.2 three-pointers per game (ranked 31st) on 37.0% shooting (ranked 72nd). DePaul is allowing their opponents to average 73.3 ppg (ranked 319th) on 45.7% shooting (ranked 304th). The Blue Demons have a turnover margin of -0.8 (ranked 235th) and average 31.53 total rpg (ranked 303rd).
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The 24th ranked Seton Hall Pirates dropped to 13-4 (3-2 Big East) after being defeated by the Butler Bulldogs 79-75 in overtime a little more than a week ago on January 13th. Seton Hall shot 39.1% from the field and was outrebounded by Butler by a 45-37 margin in the loss. Leading the way for the Pirates was Sterling Gibbs who had 30 points and 2 rebounds. Seton Hall is ranked 20th in the RPI Standings and has played the 50th ranked SOS. On the season, the Pirates have been led by Sterling Gibbs (17.2 ppg, 1.6 rpg, 3.8 apg) and Angel Delgado (8.9 ppg, 9.1 rpg, 1.4 bg). Offensively, Seton Hall is averaging 70.9 ppg (ranked 106th) on 44.2% shooting (ranked 137th). The Pirates only commit 12.4 turnovers per game (ranked 118th) and average 7.1 three-pointers per game (ranked 92nd). Defensively, Seton Hall is holding their opponents to an average of 62.7 ppg (ranked 94th) on 39.9% shooting (ranked 73rd). The Pirates defend the three-pointer well as they are holding teams to just 26.5% shooting from beyond the arc. Seton Hall’s start point-guard, Isaiah Whitehead (11.9 ppg, 4.3 rpg, 3.4 apg), will not be playing due to a foot injury.
The Blue Demons are 5-0 ATS in their last 5 games following a ATS win and 6-0 ATS in their last 6 games overall. The Pirates are 8-1 ATS in their last 9 home games and 13-3 ATS in their last 16 games overall.
DePaul has been up and own all season, but has a surprising 4-2 record in the Big East as of today. Seton Hall has played well all season and have done a nice job since losing Isaiah Whitehead about a month ago. Seton Hall has been good at home this season and although DePaul’s defense is lacking, I think that DePaul will do enough t0 keep this one within the number. Take DePaul and the points in this one.