The St. John’s Red Storm and the Seton Hall Pirates meet Saturday in college basketball action from Prudential Center. St. John’s is fresh off a Wednesday matchup versus Xavier. In that game the Red Storm fell by five points. As for Seton Hall, they’re currently 7-7 after a Tuesday loss to Marquette. Check back all season long for free college basketball picks at Sports Chat Place.
St. John’s took losses to only Iowa State and Villanova in their first 13 games this year. The wins came versus Merrimack, Lafayette, Central CT State, Nebraska, Temple, Syracuse, Niagara, LIU, DePaul, New Hampshire and Florida State otherwise.
On Wednesday versus Xavier, the Storm were down 48-37 at the break. St. John’s made a game of it with 42 second-half points but fell 84-79 by game’s end. David Jones was tops in scoring with 19 points and 10 rebounds for a double-double.
Over on the Seton Hall side, their wins have come versus Monmouth, Saint Peter’s, Wagner, Memphis, Lincoln PA, Rutgers and Drexel. The losses otherwise have been versus Iowa, Oklahoma, Siena, Kansas, Providence, Xavier and Marquette.
Matched up against Marquette on Tuesday, the Pirates went into the locker room trailing 39-32. Seton Hall couldn’t get any closer and eventually lost 84-69. Leading scorer Dre Davis provided 15 points with three rebounds.
PICK: I’ll probably stick with St. John’s. The Red Storm started out pretty slow against Xavier in their last game but ended up performing admirably despite a poor showing (9-of-16) from the line. St. John’s has scored 64 points or fewer in three of their last six games though, so they’ll need to get the scoring going early.
As for Seton Hall, they didn’t play very well against Marquette in their last outing, posting just 54.5 percent from the line and 15 turnovers. The Pirates haven’t scored terribly over the last four games (66 or more points in each) but I don’t think it’ll be easy for them to keep a cover pace in this one.