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Seton Hall Pirates vs. Saint Peter's Peacocks Pick-Odds-Prediction 12/14/13

Saint Peter's Peacocks (2-6) at Seton Hall Pirates (7-3)

College Basketball: Saturday, December 14, 2013 at 12:00 pm (Prudential Center)

The Line: Seton Hall Pirates -11 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds


The 3-6 St. Peter’s Peacocks visit the 7-3 Seton Hall Pirates Saturday afternoon from the Presidential Center.

St. Peter’s makes the short trip this weekend after falling to Niagara this past week 61-56.  The Peacocks put together a strong first half against Niagara but were undone by poor shooting and defensive lapses in the 2nd half as Niagara racked up 46 points, compared to just 15 in the first half for the win.  St. Peter’s was led by Desi Washington’s 16 points.  Washington shot it 50% from the field and added 2 steals for the Peacocks.  St. Peter’s had a +12 rebounding advantage in this one but were terrible with the ball in the 2nd half, racking up 21 total turnovers to just 12 for the more efficient Purple Eagles.  Making things worse, the Peacocks had no answer for Niagara guard Antoine Mason -- Mason finished with 35 points and scored at will all game long.  The Peacocks rank 315th in the country in PPG (65.3) and will need to find some contributors soon or this season will get out of hand quickly.

Seton Hall Pirates vs. Saint Peter's Peacocks Pick-Odds-Prediction 12/14/13

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Seton Hall has had a solid start to the year and currently sits at 7-3 after an easy, 71-55 win over nearby N.J.I.T.  The Hall used a second half rally to blow open what was a single digit lead for most of the contest.  Four starters scored in double figures for the Pirates, with Brandon Mobley leading the way with 18 and big man Gene Teague adding 11 and 14 boards.   The Pirates turned the ball over just 9 times and shot it 48% from the field.  With the win, the Pirates have now won three in a row and are surging at the right time with Big East play looming in the next few weeks.

Some trends to consider -- St. Peters is 3-0-1 against the spread in their last 4 against the Big East and Seton Hall is 5-16-1 against the spread in their last 22 home games.

St. Peter’s continues to be one of the most unimpressive offensive teams in the nation and the size and athleticism of Seton Hall will make all the difference in this one.  Look for the Pirates starters to blow this thing open early and the Hall to march to victory with the easy cover at home against the lowly Peacocks.

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