Seton Hall Pirates vs. Columbia Lions - 12/1/16 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Columbia Lions (3-3) at Seton Hall Pirates (4-2)
College Basketball: Thursday, December 1, 2016 at 7:00 pm (Prudential Center)
The Line: Seton Hall Pirates -16 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
Coming up on Thursday from the Prudential Center in Newark, we’ve got college basketball action on tap between the Columbia Lions and the Seton Hall Pirates.
Columbia enters play here with a 3-3 record, alternating wins with losses every game this season. The Lions recorded victories over Stony Brook, Quinnipiac and Colgate this year, but fell to Saint Joseph’s, Army and most recently Hofstra on Tuesday.
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Leading the way for Columbia this season in scoring is Nate Hickman, who is sitting on 19.0 PPG with 3.0 RPG. Luke Petrasek is the Lions’ rebounding leader on 7.8 RPG and also has 17.2 PPG, while Mike Smith is also playing well with 9.8 PPG and 3.3 APG on the year thus far.
Over on the Seton Hall side, they’re entering play on Thursday with a 4-2 record on the year. The Pirates rattled off victories over Fairleigh Dickinson, Central Connecticut State and Iowa to start the season, but then dropped one to Florida 81-76. Seton Hall then split their next two games, winning over Quinnipiac 90-79 and falling to Stanford 66-52.
Khadeen Carrington is the Pirates’ scoring leader by a wide margin this season, averaging 21.7 PPG, 3.0 RPG and 2.3 APG. Desi Rodriguez (14.7 PPG; 7.8 RPG), Myles Powell (13.2 PPG) and Angel Delgado (11.8 PPG; 10.2 RPG) are also playing well this year for Seton Hall.
Columbia is 6-0 ATS in their last six against the Big East, and 4-1 ATS in their last five Thursday games. Columbia is also 20-7-1 ATS in their last 28 games following an ATS loss, and 20-8 ATS in their last 28 games following a straight-up loss.
As for Seton Hall, they’re 5-0 ATS in their last five games following a double-digit loss at home, and 8-0 ATS in their last eight versus the Ivy League. Seton Hall is also 9-2 ATS in their last 11 games following an ATS loss, and 1-5 ATS in their last six non-conference games.
The facts on these teams have been pretty cut and dried this year; both Columbia and Seton Hall have played pretty much as expected, picking up wins when they’re supposed to and dropping games when they’re supposed to. Given the talent level and depth of Seton Hall compared to Columbia, I don’t think the Pirates will have too much trouble covering here, even though the line is a thick one.