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Pennsylvania vs. Saint Joseph's - 1/24/15 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Saint Joseph's Hawks (8-9) at Pennsylvania Quakers (4-10)

College Basketball: Saturday, January 24, 2015 at 7:00 pm (Palestra)

The Line: Pennsylvania Quakers +5 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds

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The Pennsylvania Quakers and Saint Joseph's Hawks square off Saturday at the Palestra.

The Pennsylvania Quakers hope to get back in the win column after losing five of their last six games. On the season, Pennsylvania is averaging 63.8 points on 45.1 percent shooting and is allowing 68.6 points on 43.9 percent shooting. Tony Hicks is averaging 13.9 points and 3.4 assists while Darien Nelson-Henry is averaging 10.9 points and 6.3 rebounds. Matt Howard is grabbing 3.4 rebounds and Antonio Woods is dishing 2.4 assists. The Pennsylvania Quakers have six players averaging at least 5.9 points, and they’re shooting 66.3 percent from the line and 31.2 percent from beyond the arc. Defensively, Pennsylvania is allowing 34.2 percent shooting from deep and has given up 70 or more points in five of its last eight games.

Pennsylvania vs. Saint Joseph's - 1/24/15 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

The Saint Joseph's Hawks could also use a spark after splitting their last four games. On the season, Saint Joseph’s is averaging 62.5 points on 41.2 percent shooting and is allowing 65 points on 43.3 percent shooting. DeAndre Bembry is averaging 17.1 points and 3.1 assists while Isaiah Miles is averaging 10.8 points and 5.1 rebounds. Aaron Brown is grabbing four rebounds and Chris Wilson is dishing 2.7 assists. The Saint Joseph's Hawks have five players averaging at least 6.6 points, and they’re shooting 63.2 percent from the line and 28.1 percent from beyond the arc. Defensively, Saint Joseph's is allowing 36.6 percent shooting from deep and has given up 64 or less points in five of its last nine games.

The Hawks are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 vs. Ivy League and 6-2 ATS in their last 8 games overall. The Quakers are 1-3-1 ATS in their last 5 games following a ATS loss and 3-1-1 ATS in their last 5 Saturday games. The Hawks are 7-2 ATS in the last 9 meetings in Pennsylvania and 7-2 ATS in the last 9 meetings overall.

While both teams are in a funk, the Saint Joseph's Hawks are the better defensive and more balanced team overall. The Hawks are the small chalk is the play here. 

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