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Marquette Golden Eagles vs. Seton Hall Pirates - College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Seton Hall Pirates (13-6) at Marquette Golden Eagles (10-9)

College Basketball: Wednesday, January 28, 2015 at 7:00 pm (Bradley Center)

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TV: Fox Sports 2

The Seton Hall Pirates will travel to the BMO Harris Bradley Center to take on the Marquette Golden Eagles this Wednesday night.

The Seton Hall Pirates lost their 3rd straight game and dropped to 13-6 (3-4 Big East) on the season after being defeated by the Butler Bulldogs 77-57 this past Sunday. Seton Hall struggled offensively as they shot only 36.7 % from the field and 16.7% (4-24) from beyond the arc in the loss. Leading the way for the Pirates was Brandon Mobley who had 15 points and 3 rebounds. Seton Hall is ranked 42nd in the RPI Standings and has played the 55th ranked SOS. On the season, the Pirates have been led by Sterling Gibbs (16.3 ppg, 1.6 rpg, 3.5 apg) and Isaiah Whitehead (11.9 ppg, 4.3 rpg, 3.4 apg). Offensively, Seton Hall is averaging 69.6 ppg (ranked 122nd) on 43.0% shooting (ranked 208th). The Pirates average 6.6 three-pointers per game (ranked 137th) however, shoot just 64.4% from the free-throw line (ranked 303rd). Defensively, Seton Hall is holding their opponents to an average of 63.5 ppg (Ranked 114th) on 40.2% shooting (ranked 86th). The Pirates are averaging 4.4 bpg (ranked 76th) and pull down 37.37 total rpg (ranked 59th).

Marquette Golden Eagles vs. Seton Hall Pirates -  College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Marquette Golden Eagles lost their 3rd straight game and dropped to 10-9 (2-5 Big East) on the season after losing 95-85 in overtime to the Georgetown Hoyas. Marquette allowed Georgetown to shoot 50.0% from the field and 42.9% (9-21) from beyond the arc in the loss. Leading the way for the Golden Eagles was Matt Carlino who had 26 points, 4 rebounds, 4 assists, and 2 steals. Marquette is ranked 112th in the RPI Standings and has played the 68th ranked SOS. On the season, the Golden Eagles have been led by Matt Carlino (14.6 ppg, 3.0 rpg, 3.3 apg, 1.5 spg) and Duane Wilson (11.8 ppg, 2.3 rpg, 2.1 apg). Offensively, Marquette is averaging 68.0 ppg (ranked 161st) on 45.4% shooting (ranked 88th). The Golden Eagles are averaging 15.2 apg (ranked 40th) and have an assist/turnover ratio of 1.22 (ranked 60th). Marquette is allowing their opponents to average 65.1 ppg (ranked 152nd) on 42.8% shooting (ranked 186th). The Golden Eagles average 8.5 spg (ranked 21st) however, are grabbing just 30.95 total rpg (ranked 314th).

The Pirates are 19-9 ATS in their last 28 road games however, just 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games overall. The Golden Eagles are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 games following a ATS loss and 11-4 ATS in their last 15 games overall.

Seton Hall has been struggling but should have their star point guard, Isaiah Whitehead back in this game. Marquette is a tough home team and have a great guard duo in Matt Carlino and Duane Wilson, however, with Whitehead back in the line-up I think Seton Hall is the better team and that they’ll find their shooting rhythm against an average Marquette defensive.  I’m taking Seton Hall and the points on the basis that Isaiah Whitehead is back in the line-up as expected. 

 

Update (1/28/15 3:08 PM) - Iasiah Whitehead looks as if he will not be suiting up tonight. Seton Hall still has the potiental to put up some points but it's hard to trust the Pirates with the way they have been playing. I think this is going to be a close game so I'm going to still take the points, however, I'm probably going to stay away from this one with Whitehead out. 

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