Seton Hall vs. Texas Tech - 11/30/17 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Texas Tech Red Raiders (6-0) at Seton Hall Pirates (5-1)
College Basketball: Thursday, November 30, 2017 at 6:30 pm (Madison Square Garden)
The Line: Seton Hall Pirates +2 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
The Seton Hall Pirates and the #22 Texas Tech Red Raiders face off in non-conference action in a college basketball matchup as part of the Under Armour Reunion.
The Seton Hall Pirates will look for a big road win in their first true road game of the year, improving to 5-1 this season following a 72-59 neutral site win over Vanderbilt last time out. Desi Rodriguez led the team with 27 points on 12 of 21 shooting with 4 rebounds, while Angel Delgado added 15 points along with a team-high 8 rebounds. Myles Powell added 11 ppoints to round out the scoring in double figures for the Pirates in the win. Ismael Sanogo added 4 points to match his 4 blocks and a team-high 8 rebounds of his own in the winning effort, while Eron Gordon added a team-high 4 assists in 11 minutes and Khadeen Carrington added just 1 point and 3 assists. Rodriguez leads Seton Hall with an average of 17.8 points per game, while Delgado is leading the way with 9.3 rebounds and Carrington is the team’s top assist man, dishing out 4.3 assists per game this season. As a team, Seton Hall is scoring 79.5 points per game on 48.8% shooting from the field, 35% from behind the arc and 63% from the foul line this season.
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The #22 Texas Tech Red Raiders will look to remain undefeated after improving to 6-0 this season with a 103-69 rout of Savannah State in their last outing. Niem Stevenson and Jarrett Culver tied for the team lead with 18 points apiece, with Stevenson going 6 of 11 from the field with a pair of threes and a pair of steals, while Culver went 7 of 14 with 3 triples, a team-high 7 assists and a pair of steals. Zhaire Smith came 2nd with 17 points on 7 of 8 shooting with 5 assists while Brandone Francis added 10 points on 4 of 6 shooting with a pair of threes and a pair of steals to round out the scoring in double figures for the Red Raiders in the victory. Keenan Evans was held scoreless, going 0 for 8 from the field, but dished out 7 assists of his own in the winning effort. Despite the poor outing, Evans still leads Texas Tech with an average of 15 points and 3 assists per game this season, while Zach Smith leads the team in rebounding with 5 boards per game this season. As a team, Texas Tech is scoring 83.3 points per game on 50.4% shooting from the field, 37.3% from behind the arc and 75.2% from the foul line this season. The Red Raiders also have one of the top defenses in the country, holding opponents to the 4th-fewest points per game with 55.3 per contest, in addition to the lowest field goal percentage against at 33.5% and the 6th-lowest 3-point percentage against with 23.6% this season.
Seton Hall is 2-5 ATS in their last 7 games overall and 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games against the Big 12 while the over is 5-0 in their last 5 Thursday games. Texas Tech is 5-1 ATS in their last 6 games following a win and 8-3 ATS in their last 11 games against a team with a winning record while the under is 8-0 in their last 8 games overall.
Both of these teams have gotten off to strong starts this season, with Seton Hall’s lone blemish being a 1-point loss to Rhode Island, while Texas Tech has been blowing almost everybody out and putting forth some strong defensive performances, including holding a Northwestern team to just 49 points in a 36-point victory. All in all, I like what I’ve seen from Texas Tech more and I have to see that I can trust Seton Hall on the road before actually instilling any confidence in the Pirates, so I’ll lay the bucket with Texas Tech here.