NEC Quarterfinal-Mount St. Mary's Mountaineers vs. St. Francis PA Red Flash - 3/4/15 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
St. Francis PA Red Flash (15-14) at Mount St. Mary's Mountaineers (15-14)
College Basketball: Wednesday, March 4, 2015 at 7:00 pm (Knott Arena)
The Line: Mount St. Mary's Mountaineers -5 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
Knot Arena and the Mount St. Mary’s Mountaineers play host to the NEC quarterfinal match up with the St Francis (PA) Red Flash.
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The Mount St Mary’s Mountaineers are one of the favorites in the NEC postseason as they finished the season at 15-14 with a solid 11-7 record in the conference. The Mountaineers were outscored 65-63 on the year but during league play both ends of the floor played better then these numbers and especially so for the offense that averaged well over 70 points in winning four of five to end the regular season. The team did face some ranked teams in Arizona and Notre Dame but proved to be no match.
Byron Ashe led Mount St. Mary’s in scoring at 12 points on 42.7% but generally did his damage coming off the bench with only four starts. Gregory Graves was the second leading scorer and tops on the backboards with 7.5 rebounds on 43% marksmanship. Lamont Robinson was the only other player that approached double figures in scoring at eight points but his 36.5% shooting was subpar although he led the Mountaineers with 3.3 assists. Keep an eye on Andy Smeathers who missed half the season but contributed over nine points.
The St. Francis (PA) Red Flash finished the year with a winning overall record of 15-14 but were a middle of the row squad at 9-9 in the conference despite a dreadful finish to the regular season where the team dropped four of five. The Red Flash owned a 65-64 scoring edge over opponents but NEC action have struggled offensively in defeats. Out of conference the team faced Texas and Cincinnati and suffered one sided defeats while doing okay versus similar competition.
Earl Brown was easily the best player St. Francis put on the floor with nearly 16 points and 7.6 rebounds on 54.8% marksmanship which was tops on the team in each category. Malik Harmon was next in line at around nine points but struggled to find his shot at 38%. Greg Brown sank half his looks but averaged under eight points so he is a guy that the offense could turn to for added production.
The Red Flash are 2-5 ATS in their last 7 road games and 2-5 ATS in their last 7 games overall while going 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games following a S.U. loss. The Mountaineers are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games overall and are 5-2 ATS in their last 7 vs. Northeast. This could go either way and if so I’ll take the points…