NEC Semifinal-St. Francis NY Terriers vs. St. Francis PA Red Flash - 3/7/15 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
St. Francis PA Red Flash (16-14) at St. Francis NY Terriers (22-10)
College Basketball: Saturday, March 7, 2015 at 2:00 pm (Pope Center)
The Line: St. Francis NY Terriers -5 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
The St Francis (NY) Terriers and the St Francis (PA) Red Flash meet in the NEC semis with a trip to the championship at stake.
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The St Francis (PA) Red Flash pulled the lone upset in the NEC postseason with a convincing 73-58 win over Mount St Mary’s to advance to the conference semifinals. The 6th seed Red Flash and their generally controlled offense connected at 52% while dominating the line 24-7 with a +18 on the backboards. The Mountaineers mustered 39% shooting and totaled 14 more looks which still fell short. Greg Brown poured in a game high 24 points on 6-11 from the field with Earl Brown right on his heels with 23 points and a contest high 14 rebounds. Ronnie Drinnon hauled in eleven boards with three players adding between 6-7 points.
The St Francis (NY) Terriers don’t have the biggest offense or the biggest defense but they are decent at both ends of the floor and extremely consistent which is the main reason they were the top team in the NEC. The defense wasn’t strong but the offense found a way to get the job done with a 13 point first half lead holding up in their 79-70 quarterfinal victory over Long Island. The Blackbirds owned a 46%-43% shooting edge but a 27-18 advantage at the charity stripe was decisive. Brent Jones was the offensive star with 31 points on 8-16 marksmanship followed by a 15 point, 15 rebound performance from Jalen Cannon on 6-11 from the field. Yunis Hopkinson rounded out the top contributors with eleven points with nine players scoring overall.
The trends are useless here because these teams are lined at tournament time and don’t play many big names in non conference. Some numbers are similar and some are conflicting but in the scope of things I believe the Terrier have the edge defensively and that will lead to more scoring so the best team in the NEC will have to step it up here or go home…