Seton Hall vs. Dartmouth - 11/13/15 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Dartmouth Big Green (0-0) vs. Seton Hall Pirates (0-0)
NCAA Basketball: Friday, November 13, 2015 at 7:00 pm (Prudential Center)
The Line: Seton Hall -11 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
TV: Fox Sports
The Dartmouth Big Green will travel to the Prudential Center to take on the Seton Hall Pirates this Friday in College Basketball action.
The Dartmouth Big Green has their best season in many years in 2014-15 as they finished with a 14-15 (7-7 Ivy League) record and made to a post season tournament (CIT) for the first time in over 50 years. Offensively, Dartmouth averaged 63.3 ppg (ranked 284th) on 43.5 shooting (ranked 171st). The Big Green struggled at the FT line shooting just 64.6% (ranked 324th) and averaged 32.7 rpg (ranked 256th). Defensively, Dartmouth allowed opponents to average 63.1 ppg (ranked 82nd) on 43.1% shooting (ranked 179th). Head coach Kyle Smith will have replace his leading scorer Alex Mitola (12.4 ppg, 2.7 rpg, 2.7 apg) who transferred to George Washington. Dartmouth does return Connor Boehm (9.5 ppg, 5.1 rpg) and Miles Wright (7.7 ppg, 2.9 rpg, 1.4 spg). Coach Smith will hope that incoming Freshman Evan Boudreaux and Ball State transfer Quinten Payne can make an immediate impact for the Big Green. Dartmouth still doesn’t have the firepower to compete with Yale and Harvard but they are a team that is heading in the right direction and should be competitive in the Ivy League this season.
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The Seton Hall Pirates got off to a hot start that saw them get into the top 25 ranking last season however, struggled down the stretch losing 11 of their last 14 games and finished the season with a 16-15 (6-12 Big East) record. Offensively, Seton Hall averaged 68.4 ppg (ranked 148th) on 42.1% shooting (ranked 248th). The Pirates did a good job on the glass pulling down 36.2 rpg (ranked 80th) however, struggled at the FT line shooting just 65.7% (ranked 296th). Defensively, Seton Hall allowed their opponent to average 68.0 ppg (ranked 213th) on 43.0% shooting (ranked 174th). The Pirates did a good job defending the three pointer as they held opponents to 30.0% shooting from beyond the arc. The Pirates no longer have Sterling Gibbs (16.3 ppg, 2.1 rpg, 3.8 apg) who transferred to UConn and Brandon Mobley (9.8 ppg, 5.0 rpg, 1.1 bpg). The good news for the Pirates is that they have Isaiah Whitehead (12.0 ppg, 3.9 rpg, 3.5 apg) who had a nice freshman season and will have full control of the offense now that Gibbs is gone. Along with Whitehead, Seton Hall has Angel Delgado (9.3 ppg, 9.8 rpg, 1.3 bpg), Khadeen Carrington (8.8 ppg, 2.9 rpg, 1.8 apg) and Desi Rodriguez (5.6 ppg, 4.5 apg) returning. Seton Hall will have a few new faces in Fresno State transfer Bread Anderson and incoming Freshman Myles Carter. Seton Hall has a ton of talent and could be a dangerous team if they are able to work together and avoid the team turmoil that derailed last year’s squad.
The Big Green are 2-5 ATS in their last 7 road games and 9-23-1 ATS in their last 33 non-conference games. The Pirates are 7-0 ATS in their last 7 vs. Ivy League and 14-2 ATS in their last 16 non-conference games.
Dartmouth has to be happy with the success they had last season and even though they’ll be able to win a few games this year, they are nowhere near the talent level of Seton Hall. Seton Hall has the pieces to end their NCAA tournament drought and could have one of the better guards in the country in Isaiah Whitehead. I’m surprised this line isn’t more near 15-20 points and think the Pirates won’t have any issue covering this spread. Take Seton Hall to cover.