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Iowa Hawkeyes vs. Seton Hall Pirates - 11/17/16 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Seton Hall Pirates (2-0) at Iowa Hawkeyes (2-0)

College Basketball: Thursday, November 17, 2016 at 9:00 pm (Carver-Hawkeye Arena)

The Line: Iowa Hawkeyes -2.5 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds


We’ve got a fun college basketball matchup coming on Thursday at Carver-Hawkeyes Arena as the Seton Hall Pirates visit the Iowa Hawkeyes in early-season action. 

Seton Hall enters this matchup with a 2-0 record on the year. The Pirates took their opener 91-70 against Fairleigh Dickinson, and followed that up with an impressive win 82-58 over Central Connecticut State. In that game, Seton Hall thrashed the Blue Devils 44-25 in the first half, then finished things off with a 38-33 second. 

Iowa Hawkeyes vs. Seton Hall Pirates - 11/17/16 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction


Seton Hall has a handful of standout scorers through two games, with Khadeen Carrington sitting atop the heap on 22.5 PPG, 3.0 RPG and 3.0 APG. Angel Delgado is also playing well on 18.0 PPG with 15.0 RPG for the Pirates. Desi Rodriguez and Myles Powell are also averaging in double figures through two games for Seton Hall; Rodriguez sits on 12.0 PPG with 7.5 RPG and 3.5 APG, while Powell is averaging 10.00 PPG so far. 

As for Iowa, they’re also entering play on Thursday with a 2-0 record so far. The Hawkeyes took their opener 91-74 against Kennesaw State last Friday, then made it two in a row with a 116-84 win over Savannah State on Sunday. The Hawkeyes were in control the whole way here, with a 59-39 first half and a 57-45 second half. 

Tops for the Hawkeyes in scoring so far this year is Peter Jok, averaging 20.0 PPG, 5.0 RPG and 3.0 APG. Cordell Pemsl has been great as well with 14.0 PPG and 7.5 RPG for Iowa. Brady Ellingson and Tyler Cook are also in double digits for the Hawkeyes, with Ellingson sitting at 11.5 PPG and Cook at 10.0 PPG with 7.0 RPG. 

Seton Hall is 9-1-1 ATS in their last 11 games following an ATS loss, and 10-2 ATS in their last 12 road games. Seton Hall is also 3-1-1 ATS in their last five versus s the Big 10, and 19-7 ATS in their last 26 non-conference games. 

Meanwhile, Iowa is 1-5 ATS in their last six against the Big East, and 1-9 ATS in their last 10 games overall. Iowa is also 0-4 ATS in their last four Thursday games and 0-5 ATS in their last five home games. 

This should be a fun game to watch, with lots of offense on both sides. Still, the Hawkeyes’ Jok-and-Pemsl combination has been impressive thus far, and I think the duo will have another good outing here. It’s tough to gauge such an early game, but the Iowa home crowd should help push the team over the top. I’ll take the Hawkeyes.

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