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Saint Joseph's Hawks vs. Denver Pioneers Pick-Odds-Prediction - 1/4/14

Denver Pioneers (7-7) at Saint Joseph's Hawks (8-4)

College Basketball: Saturday, January 4, 2014 at 2:00 pm (Hagan Arena)

The Line: Saint Joseph's Hawks -7.5 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds

TV: ESPN3.com

The Denver Pioneers head to Philadelphia where the St Joseph's Hawks are waiting for a Saturday afternoon tilt.

I'm still trying to figure out Denver who has won when I thought they would lose and vice versa. The 7-7 record is fitting I suppose but I still believe this team will get on the right track and become a factor in the Summit. The Pioneers looked more like expected in an 83-61 rout of St Francis (PA) in which a 19 point first half lead carried the day. DU burned the nets at almost 61% with Red Flash checking in at around 44% which added up to ten baskets. Chris Udofia pumped in 20 points with five pulls and seven helpers followed by Brett Olsen with his 18 points, five boards and five assists while Nate Engasser and Marcus Byrd combined for 19 points.

Saint Joseph's Hawks vs. Denver Pioneers Pick-Odds-Prediction - 1/4/14

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I have to admit I was a bit disappointed in St Joseph's early on but both the scoring and defense has picked it up leading to four straight victories although the strength of schedule wasn't the most difficult. The Hawks leaped out to a 24 point lead heading in to the locker room on the way to a 71-44 thrashing of Binghamton behind 50% shooting including 14-26 from long range. The Bearcats were dead in the water with less then 29% from the floor and a 47-19 deficit on the backboards. Langston Galloway paced a trio of double digit scorers with 20 points and seven rebounds with Chris Wilson and Isaiah Miles tossing in 13 and eleven points with Miles also snaring six boards.

Denver worries me because I believe they are better then their record and anything but a strong effort from St Joseph's will not be enough. The Hawks have UMass on deck which is also something to think about as well but a poor effort from the Pioneers and I'm ready to say maybe this isn't a good team...

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