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Seton Hall vs. St. John's - 1/27/16 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

St. John's Red Storm (7-13) at Seton Hall Pirates (13-6)

College Basketball: Wednesday, January 27, 2016 at 7:00 pm (Prudential Center)

The Line: Seton Hall Pirates -18 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds

TV: Fox Sports 1

The St. John’s Red Storm will travel to the Prudential Center to take on the Seton Hall Pirates this Wednesday night in College Basketball action.

The St. John’s Red Storm lost their 10th straight game and dropped to 7-13 (0-10 Big East) on the season after being defeated by the Marquette Golden Eagles, 78-73, this past Sunday. Marquette used a 24-5 run between the 1st and 2nd half to build a big lead and although St. John’s was able to cut it to a 61-59 margin with just over five minutes left to go, couldn’t get any closer in the loss. St. John’s struggled offensively as they shot just 34.8% from the field and 39.1% (9-23) from beyond the arc. The Red Storm allowed the Golden Eagles to shoot 51.9% from the field and won the turnover battle by a 22-13 margin. Leading the way for St. John’s was Durand Johnson who had 20 points, 6 rebounds, 3 assists, 3 steals, and a block from off the bench. On the season, the Red Storm have been led by Federico Mussini (13.2 ppg, 2.9 rpg, 2.7 apg, 1.3 spg), Durand Johnson (12.3 ppg, 4.4 rpg, 1.7 apg, 1.4 spg), and Yankuba Sima (8.4 ppg, 6.8 rpg, 3.1 bpg). Offensively, St. John’s is averaging 67.4 ppg on 40.3% shooting from the field and 32.4% shooting from the beyond the arc. The Red Storm average 6.3 three-pointers per game and have an assist/turnover ratio of 0.85. Defensively, St. John’s is allowing their opponents to average 74.0 ppg on 43.8% shooting. The Red Storm average 6.2 blocks per game and have a rebound margin of -1.5.

Seton Hall vs. St. John's - 1/27/16 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Seton Hall Pirates lost their 2nd straight game and dropped to 13-6 (3-4 Big East) on the season after being defeated by the 5th ranked Xavier Musketeers, 84-76, this past Saturday. Xavier got a career game out of James Farr and used a 21-7 2nd half run to gain control of the game and get the win over Seton Hall. Seton Hall shot 42.3% shooting from the field and just 22.2% (6-27) from beyond the arc. The Pirates allowed the Musketeers to shoot 45.5% shooting from the field and outrebounded Seton Hall by a 46-42 margin. Leading the way for Seton Hall was Desi Rodriguez who had 21 points, 8 rebounds, 2 assists, and a steal. On the season, the Pirates have been led by Isaiah Whitehead (15.5 ppg, 2.8 rpg, 4.5 apg, 1.0 spg, 1.1 bpg), Khadeen Carrington (14.9 ppg, 2.8 rpg, 2.4 apg), and Angel Delgado (9.2 ppg, 9.4 rpg). Offensively, Seton Hall is averaging 73.9 ppg on 44.4% shooting from the field and 32.8% shooting from beyond the arc. The Pirates average 5.6 three-pointers per game and have an assist/turnover ratio of 0.97. Defensively, Seton Hall is holding their opponents to an average of 67.2 ppg on 40.5% shooting. The Pirates have a rebound margin of 3.3 and average 7.2 steals per game.

The Red Storm are 5-11 ATS in their last 16 games vs. a team with a winning % above .600 and just 1-5 ATS in their last 6 road games. The Pirates are 8-2 ATS in their last 10 games overall and 4-1 ATS in their last 5 vs. Big East opponents.

It’s already been a long season for first year head coach, Chris Mullen,  as St. John’s has really struggled offensively and ranks just 320th in the nation in Field-Goal Percentage. Seton Hall has lost four of their last five games, however as three of those games have come against top-10 competition, it’s important to not over react to the Pirates recent losing ways. The Pirates are a tough team at home and have one of the best playmakers in the country in Isaiah Whitehead, however, St. John’s showed some decent fight in their recent loss and I think their defense will be able to keep Seton Hall within this large number. Take St. John’s and the points. 

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St. John's Red Storm +18

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