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Seton Hall vs. St. John's - 12/31/17 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

St. John's Red Storm (10-3) at Seton Hall Pirates (12-2)

College Basketball: Sunday, December 31, 2017 at 5:00 pm (Prudential Center)

The Line: Seton Hall Pirates -12 -- Over/Under: 151 See the Latest Odds

TV: FS1

We have some Big East conference action on the hardwood, as the St. John’s Red Storm take on the #23 Seton Hall Pirates in a college basketball matchup.

The St. John’s Red Storm will look to bounce back after dropping their conference opener by a final score of 94-72 at the hands of Providence in their last outing. Marvin Clark II led the team with 20 points and 8 rebounds, while Shamorie Ponds added 16 points with a team-high 6 assists and 3 steals. Bashir Ahmed added 12 points to finish off the scoring in double figures for the Red Storm in the losing effort. Tariq Owens added 8 points and 3 blocks, while Kassoum Yakwe added 7 rebounds and Justin Simon chipped in 6 points and 5 assists with a pair of steals. Ponds leads the team with an average of 20.1 points and 4.8 assists per game, while Simon is the team’s leading rebounder with 7.8 rebounds per game this season. As a team, St. John’s is scoring 74.1 points per game on 42.1% shooting from the field, 31.6% from behind the arc and 74.7% from the foul line this season.

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Seton Hall vs. St. John's  - 12/31/17 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The #23 Seton Hall Pirates will be looking to add to their current 3 game win streak after opening conference play with a 90-84 victory over Creighton to give the Pirates their 5th win in 6 games. Desi Rodriguez led the team with 23 points and 5 steals, while Angel Delgado and Khadeen Carrington each added 18 points. Delgado added a team-high 14 rebounds and 5 assists, while Carrington added a pair of threes and 3 assists. Myles Powell added 17 points with 3 threes to round out the scoring in double figures for the Pirates in the win. Michael Nzei added 7 points and 14 rebounds with a pair of steals as well in the winning effort for Seton Hall. Rodriguez leads the team in scoring with an average of 18.3 points per game, while Carrington leads the way in assists with 3.9 per game and Delgado is averaging a double-double per game with 13.8 points to go along with a team-high average of 11.5 rebounds per game this season. As a team, Seton Hall is scoring 81.2 points per game on 48.5% shooting from the field, 36.1% from behind the arc and 65.8% from the foul line this season.

St. John’s is 1-4 ATS in their last 5 conference matchups and 1-7 ATS in their last 8 road games while the under is 9-3 in their last 12 games following a loss. Seton Hall is 4-0 ATS in their last 4 conference matchups and 5-2 ATS in their last 7 games following a win while the over is 5-1 in their last 6 games against a team with a winning record. St. John’s is 1-11 ATS in their last 12 trips to Seton Hall. 

It seems like every year, Seton Hall starts conference play with a ton of confidence and then the Pirates fail to live up to expectations. This year however, just feels different as the team has veteran leadership and experience that they’ve lacked in years past. This may be the best Seton Hall team we’ve seen in a long time, and that’s not good for a St. John’s team that has downright struggled ATS in Seton Hall’s backyard. I think this is a good spot to back the Pirates by double figures.

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