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St. Bonaventure vs. Saint Joseph's - A-10 Tournament - 3/12/15 Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Saint Joseph's Hawks (13-17) at St. Bonaventure Bonnies (17-12)

College Basketball: Thursday, March 12, 2015 at 6:30 pm (Barclays Center)

The Line: St. Bonaventure Bonnies -3 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds

TV: NBCSN

The Saint Joseph’s Hawks and St. Bonaventure Bonnies will battle at the Barclays Center this Thursday night in the 2nd round of the A-10 Championship.

The Saint Joseph’s Hawks finished the regular season with a 13-17 record and earned the 10th seed in the A-10 Championship with a 7-11 conference record. Saint Joseph’s has one of the best players in the league in DeAndre Bembry, however, the Hawks have really struggled to find some support, especially on the offensive end , to go with their star player.  The Hawks are ranked 175th in the RPI Standings and has played the 103rd ranked SOS. Saint Joseph’s biggest wins of the season have come against Temple, UMass (twice) and Rhode Island.

St. Bonaventure vs. Saint Joseph's - A-10 Tournament - 3/12/15 Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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Saint Joseph’s averages 62.1 ppg (ranked 297th) on 40.9% shooting (ranked 286th). The Hawks average 5.5 three-pointers per game (ranked 257th) and shoot just 61.1% from the free-throw line (ranked 342nd). Saint Joseph’s commits 12.6 turnovers per game (ranked 181st) and have a 1.02 assist/turnover ratio (ranked 161st). Defensively, Saint Joseph’s is holding their opponents to an average of 64.6 ppg (ranked 130th) on 42.5% shooting (ranked 150th). The Hawks average 4.4 bpg (ranked 62nd) and 6.6 spg (ranked 134th). Saint Joseph’s pulls down 35.53 total rpg (ranked 109th) and have a turnover margin of -0.3 (ranked 199th). On the season, the Hawks have been led by DeAndre Bembry (17.9 ppg, 7.8 rpg, 3.6 apg, 1.9 spg) and Isaiah Miles (10.5 ppg, 5.2 rpg).

The St. Bonaventure Bonnies finished the regular season with a 17-12 record and earned the 7th seed in the A-10 tournament with a 10-8 conference record. St. Bonaventure wasn’t projected to do much this year in the A-10 but was effective on both sides of the ball and pulled of some exiting upsets throughout the season. The Bonnies are ranked 114th in the RPI Standings and has played the 150th ranked SOS. St. Bonaventure biggest wins have come against Davidson, VCU and Buffalo.

St. Bonaventure is averaging 67.4 ppg (ranked 174th) on 42.2% shooting (ranked 239th). The Bonnies average 5.1 three-pointers per game (ranked 287th) and 12.4 apg (ranked 188th). St. Bonaventure commits 12.2 turnovers per game (ranked 133rd) and is shooting 70.1% from the free-throw line (ranked 131st). Defensively, St. Bonaventure is holding their opponents to an average of 64.9 ppg (ranked 133rd) on 42.4% shooting (ranked 143rd). The Bonnies pull down 37.21 total rpg (ranked 46th) and have a rebound margin of 3.7 (ranked 66th). St. Bonaventure commits 17.2 fouls per game (ranked 90th) and average 4.8 bpg (ranked 38th). On the season, the Bonnies have been led by Marcus Posley (16.5 ppg, 2.9 rpg, 1.9 apg, 1.3 spg) and Dion Wright (13.1 ppg, 6.9 rpg, 1.3 apg).

The Hawks are 18-7-1 ATS in their last 26 games following a ATS loss and 5-2 ATS in their last 7 neutral site games. The Bonnies are 7-0 ATS in their last 7 games vs. a team with a losing S.U. record and 10-2 ATS in their last 12 neutral site games.

St. Bonaventure was able to defeat Saint Joseph’s in both of their matchups this season (70-61 @ home; 70-60 in OT @ Saint Joseph’s). Saint Joseph’s lost 4 of their last 6 games in the season and has struggled away from home all set going just 3-13 (0-1 on neutral court) on the season. St. Bonaventure is a solid on both sides of the ball and has shown that they have the potential to make a run once again in this tournament with their last second wins at Davidson and VCU. St. Bonaventure has shown it can win away from home and as long as they contain DeAndre Bembry, they should have no problem with winning this game and covering the spread. Take St. Bonaventure to cover. 

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