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Pennsylvania vs. Monmouth - 12/31/18 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
Monmouth Hawks (0-12) at Pennsylvania Quakers (10-3)
Date & Time Monday December 31, 2018, 1:00 PM (EST)
The Line
The Line: Pennsylvania Quakers -16.5 -- Over/Under: 135.5
TV Channel
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NCAA BB | Monmouth Hawks (0-12) at Pennsylvania Quakers (10-3)
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The Monmouth Hawks will travel to The Palestra to take on the Pennsylvania Quakers this Monday night in College Basketball action.

The Monmouth Hawks are still searching for their first win of the season after the Hawks fell to 0-12 on season when they were defeated by the Yale Bulldogs, 66-58, on December 20th. Monmouth led by a 31-29 margin at halftime, however, the Hawks offense struggled in the 2nd half and they couldn’t fight back after an 11-0 Yale run gave the Bulldogs a 49-38 lead with 14:17 left in regulation. Monmouth shot just 37.5% from the field and 9.1% from beyond the arc in the loss. Leading the way for the Hawks was Ray Salnave who had 15 points, 7 rebounds, 1 assist, and 2 steals.

On the season, Monmouth is averaging 58.8 ppg on 37.8% shooting from the field. The Hawks are averaging 4.3 three-pointers per game on 24.5% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, Monmouth has been led by Ray Salnave (11.8 ppg, 4.2 rpg, 2.4 apg, 1.4 spg), Deion Hammond (10.8 ppg, 2.3 rpg, 1.3 apg), Mustapha Traore (7.3 ppg, 5.6 rpg), and Nick Rutherford (4.7 ppg, 4.8 rpg, 2.2 apg, 1.1 spg).

Defensively, Monmouth is allowing their opponents to average 75.8 ppg on 45.5% shooting from the field. The Hawks have a rebound margin of -3.5 and a turnover margin of -1.2.

The Pennsylvania Quakers had their 6-game winning streak snapped and dropped to 10-3 on the season after being defeated by the Toledo Rockets, 77-45, this past Saturday. Pennsylvania struggled on both ends of the court in the 2nd half and couldn’t fight back after Toledo took a 51-35 lead with 12:54 left in regulation. Pennsylvania shot just 30.5% from the field and 22.7% from beyond the arc in the loss. Leading the way for the Quakers was AJ Brodeur who had 19 points, 7 rebounds, 1 assist, 3 blocks, and 4 steals.

On the season, Pennsylvania is averaging 76.7 ppg on 48.1% shooting from the field. The Quakers are averaging 9.1 three-pointers per game on 38.2% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, Pennsylvania has been led by AJ Brodeur (14.2 ppg, 7.3 rpg, 3.8 apg, 1.1 spg, 1.0 bpg), Devon Goodman (14.1 ppg, 3.2 rpg, 2.5 apg, 1.3 spg), Michael Wang (11.2 ppg, 3.8 rpg, 1.1 apg), and Antonio Woods (9.8 ppg, 3.7 rpg, 2.8 apg).

Defensively, Pennsylvania is holding their opponents to an average of 68.1 ppg on 43.2% shooting from the field. The Quakers have a rebound margin of 1.2 and a turnover margin of 0.9.

The Hawks are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games vs. a team with a winning straight up record, however, just 2-6 ATS in their last 8 games overall. The Quakers are 6-1 ATS in their last 7 home games and 4-0 ATS in their last 4 games vs. a team with a winning % below .400.

It’s already been a season to forget for Monmouth and it’s been a struggle on both sides of the ball for the Hawks as they come into this game ranked just 347th in scoring offense, 344th in FG%, and 265th in scoring defense. Pennsylvania had a disappointing outing against a good Toledo team, however, the Quakers are a talented and experienced team that has picked up solid wins over Miami, Villanova, and New Mexico this season. Pennsylvania should be able dominate Monmouth on both ends of the court and as I expect the Quakers to bounce back from their tough outing on Saturday, I’m taking Pennsylvania to cover this large home spread.

Pick:
Pennsylvania Quakers -16.5

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