Seton Hall vs. Monmouth - 11/12/17 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Monmouth Hawks (1-0) at Seton Hall Pirates (1-0)
College Basketball: Sunday, November 12, 2017 at 1:30 pm (Prudential Center)
The Line: Seton Hall Pirates -16 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
The Monmouth Hawks will travel to the Prudential Center to take on the 23rd ranked Seton Hall Pirates this Sunday afternoon in College Basketball action.
The Monmouth Hawks opened of their season on a great note after defeating the Bucknell Bison, 79-78, this past Thursday. Monmouth used a strong 1st half to take a 41-31 halftime lead and held off the Bison late after a pair of Micah Seaborn FT’s gave the Hawks the lead for good with just :05 seconds left in regulation. Leading the way for the Hawks was Micah Seaborn who had a double-double with 21 points, 10 rebounds, 3 assists, and a steal. Also contributing to for the Hawks was Diago Quinn (16 points, 7 rebounds, 1 block) and Deion Hammond who had 13 points from off the bench. Monmouth lost the majority of their starters from their 27-7 team last season which won the regular season MAAC title and played in the NIT, however, looked poised against to be dangerous this season led by Micah Seaborn. Monmouth will need Austin Tilghman (7.0 ppg, 3.2 rpg), Louie Pillari (3.1 ppg) and Pierre Sarr (2.7 ppg, 2.8 rpg) to help made of for the production loss by Justin Robinson (19.7 ppg, 3.8 rpg) and Je’lon Hornbeak (11.9 ppg, 4.3 rpg) no longer on the roster. Monmouth was one of the better scoring offenses in the country last season ranked 24th in scoring offense (81.2 ppg) and 51st in three-pointers made per game (8.9), however, will need to improve on the defensive end this season after ranking 215th in scoring defense.
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The 23rd ranked Seton Hall Pirates had no problem picking up their 1st win of the season after defeating the Fairleigh Dickinson Knights, 90-68, this past Thursday. Seton Hall was outstanding in the 1st half on both ends of the court and had no trouble securing the victory after taking a 47-28 halftime lead. Leading the way for the Pirates was big-man Angel Delgado who had a double-double with 10 points, 10 rebounds, and 2 assists. Also contributing for the Pirates was Desi Rodriguez (17 points, 2 reb, 1 ast, 1 stl) and Myles Powell (10 points, 3 reb, 3 ast). Myles Cale also was outstanding from off the bench after providing 12 points, 5 rebounds, 4 assists, 2 steals, and a block in just 19 minutes from off the bench. Seton Hall should be one of the better teams in the Big East as they return a ton of experience in Angel Delgado (15.2 ppg, 13.1 rpg, 2.2 apg), Khadeen Carrington (17.1 ppg, 3.1 rpg, 2.9 apg, 1.2 spg), and Desi Rodriguez (15.7 ppg, 5.2 rpg, 1.8 apg. The Pirates will hope that both Myles Powell (10.7 ppg, 2.2 rpg) and Michael Nzei (4.3 ppg, 3.8 rpg) can take on bigger roles in the starting five this season for the Pirates. Seton Hall was solid last season on both ends of the court as they ranked 174th in scoring offense (73.2 ppg), 125th in scoring defense (70.4 ppg), and 13th in rebound margin (6.9) but will look to improve protecting the basketball after tanking just 269th in turnover margin (-1.4).
The Hawks finished last season with a 13-16-1 record ATS and is 7-7 ATS in their last 14 away games. The Pirates finished last season with an overall ATS record of 14-17-1 and is 6-5 ATS in their last 11 home games as a favorite.
Monmouth still has to be upset with not being able to earn their NCAA Tournament bid last season after coming up short in the MAAC Tournament, however, the Hawks still will be a tough matchup for opponents led by Micah Seaborn. Seton Hall is poised to have a big season as they should be solid on the defense end and once again, outstanding on the boards with Angel Delgado leading way. This is a lot of points, however, the Hawks should have trouble finding scoring options against a top-25 team and as Monmouth can have trouble slowing down opponents, I’m taking Seton Hall to cover.