St. Francis-Pennsylvania vs. Bryant - 3/4/20 Northeast Conference Quarterfinals College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
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Bryant Bulldogs (15-16) at St. Francis-Pennsylvania Red Flash (20-9)
College Basketball: Wednesday, March 4, 2020 at 7:00 pm (DeGol Arena)
The Line: St. Francis-Pennsylvania Red Flash -7.5 -- Over/Under: 150
The Bryant Bulldogs and the Saint Francis (PA) Red Flash meet in a Northeast Conference tournament quarterfinal matchup in college basketball action from DeGol Arena on Wednesday night.
The Bryant Bulldogs come into the conference tournament as the #7-seed, coming in with a 7-11 conference record as part of a 15-16 overall mark. Adam Grant leads Bryant as the Bulldogs’ lone double-digit scorer with 16.4 PPG while Michael Green III has 9.2 PPG and a team-high 3.2 APG and Patrick Harding has 8.9 RPG this season. As a team, Bryant is averaging 71.3 points on 41.8% shooting from the field, 32.4% from 3-point range and 67.7% from the foul line while allowing opposing teams to average 68.9 points on 40.9% shooting from the field and 30.8% from 3-point range this season.
The Saint Francis (PA) Red Flash enter the tournament as the #2 seed after finishing the year with a 13-5 mark in conference play as part of their 20-9 overall record. Isaiah Blackmon leads St. Francis in scoring with 19.2 PPG while Keith Braxton has 17.2 PPG with team-highs of 7.5 RPG and 3.7 APG this season. Myles Thompson also has 10.2 PPG for the Red Flash this season. As a team, St. Francis is averaging 77.5 points on 46.2% shooting from the field, 36.4% from 3-point range and 74.6% from the foul line while allowing opposing teams to average 72 points on 44.6% shooting from the field and 33.7% from 3-point range this season.
If this game was on a neutral floor, it would be easier to make a case for Bryant and the points. However, both teams won at home this season, which includes Saint Francis (PA) winning by 20 points at home as part of their eight-game winning streak near the end of the season. Saint Francis is averaging 78.9 points per game at home and outscoring teams by 8.6 points per game on home soil this season. Bryant has been competitive away from home, only being outscored by 0.9 points per game, but I just think the Red Flash end up being too much offensively as they win and cover this spread.