Robert Morris vs. St. Francis-Brooklyn - 3/4/20 Northeast Conference Quarterfinals College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
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St. Francis-Brooklyn Terriers (13-17) at Robert Morris Colonials (17-14)
College Basketball: Wednesday, March 4, 2020 at 7:00 pm (UPMC Events Center)
The Line: Robert Morris Colonials -8.5 -- Over/Under: 137
The St. Francis Brooklyn Terriers and the Robert Morris Colonials meet in Northeast conference tournament college basketball action in a quarterfinal matchup from the UPMC Events Center on Wednesday night.
The St. Francis Brooklyn Terriers come into the conference tournament as the #8 seed, coming into the conference tournament with a 7-11 conference record as part of a 13-17 overall record this season. Chauncey Hawkins leads the Terriers in scoring and assists with 14.9 PPG and 3.3 APG while Deniz Celen has 11.7 PPG. Rob Higgins and Unique McLean each have 11.4 PPG with McLean logging a team-high 8.1 RPG as well this season. As a team, St. Francis Brooklyn is averaging 70.3 points on 42% shooting from the field, 29.2% from 3-point range and 72.8% from the foul line while allowing 72 points on 43.5% shooting from the field and 35.7% from 3-point range this season.
The Robert Morris Colonials will enter as the top-seeded team in the conference tournament after Merrimack is in their transition period from D-III. The Colonials finished the year with a 13-5 record in conference play, winning out on a tiebreaker with Saint Francis (PA) for the #1 seed. Josh Williams leads Robert Morris in scoring with 13.5 PPG while AJ Bramah is 2nd in scoring and tops in rebounding with 12.6 PPG and 8 RPG this season. Dante Treacy has 4.4 APG for the Colonials this year as well. As a team, Robert Morris is averaging 69.4 points on 44% shooting from the field, 36.5% from 3-point range and 66.3% from the foul line while allowing opposing teams to average 67.4 points on 45.1% shooting from the field and 32.2% from 3-point range this season.
I’ve gone back and forth on this one, as both teams blew each other out once this season, with the Terriers winning by 21 and the Colonials winning by 26. However, both of those wins went to the home team, where Robert Morris is outscoring teams by 10.8 PPG at home while the Terriers are being outscored by 9.6 PPG on the road this season. The Terriers also haven’t been great against the number lately, going 1-7-1 ATS in their last 9 games. If this game was on a neutral floor, It could be easier to make a case for St. Francis and the points, but with the Colonials at home, I think you have to lay the points with Robert Morris here.