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Seton Hall vs. St. John's - 12/29/18 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

St. John's Red Storm (12-0) at Seton Hall Pirates (9-3)
Date & Time Saturday December 29, 2018, 8:30 PM (EST)
The Line
The Line: Seton Hall Pirates -3.5 -- Over/Under: 152.5
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Evan Habeeb-USA TODAY Sports

The St. John’s Red Storm and the Seton Hall Pirates meet in Big East conference college basketball action from the Prudential Center on Saturday night.

The St. John’s Red Storm come into this game looking to stay unbeaten after improving to 12-0 overall after a 104-82 win over Sacred Heart in their last outing. Marvin Clark II and Mustapha Heron each had a team-high 23 points with Clark II adding 6 threes and a team-high 6 rebounds while Heron shot 8 of 12, including 5 of 6 from 3-point range. LJ Figueroa added 15 points and 5 assists while Shamorie Ponds added 13 points and a team-high 9 assists. Justin Simon added 10 points to round out the scoring in double figures for the Red Storm in the win. Ponds leads St. John’s with an average of 19.6 points and 6 assists per game while Figueroa leads the Red Storm on the glass with 7 rebounds per game this season. As a team, St. John’s is averaging 84.2 points per game on 48.6% shooting from the field, 40.1% from behind the 3-point line and 69.9% from the foul line this season.

The Seton Hall Pirates will look to add to their current 5-game winning streak after a 78-74 win over Maryland in their last outing. Myles Powell led the Pirates with 27 points on 8 of 14 shooting with 3 threes while Myles Cale added 23 points on 6 of 10 shooting with 3 triples with each adding an 8 of 8 mark from the foul line as the only pair of double-digit scorers for Seton Hall in the winning effort. Romaro Gill added 6 points with a team-high 8 rebounds and 3 blocks while Quincy McKnight added 9 points and 4 assists in the victory. Powell leads the Pirates in scoring with 23.1 points per game while McKnight leads the Pirates in assists with 3 helpers per game and Sandro Mamukelashvili is Seton Hall’s top rebounder with 7.8 rebounds per game this season. As a team, Seton Hall is averaging 75.4 points per game on 45.3% from the field, 33.2% from behind the arc and 70.8% from the foul line this season. 

St. John’s is 4-9 ATS in their last 13 games overall and 1-4 ATS in their last 5 road games while the over is 7-2 in their last 9 games following a win. Seton Hall is 13-6 ATS in their last 19 games overall and 5-0 ATS in their last 5 games against the Big East while the over is 8-3 in their last 11 games against a team with a winning record. St. John’s is 1-9 ATS in the last 10 meetings between these two teams at Seton Hall.

On the surface it would seem like a surprise to see an undefeated team like St. John’s as an underdog. However, the Red Storm haven’t played the toughest schedule in the world and have had to scratch and claw and scraped by in their matchups against average or above average competition like Cal, Rutgers, VCU and Georgia Tech. Seton Hall has played well at home and has a win over Kentucky and a road win over Maryland already on their resume this season. The nail in the coffin is St John’s’ struggles ATS when playing in the Pirates’ backyard, so I’ll lay the points with Seton Hall as the Red Storm are dealt their first loss of the season.

Seton Hall -3.5

Chris has been a sports fan from when he was old enough to pick up a basketball and was a standout offensive lineman throughout high school and college. Chris uses that same instinct, determination and drive to analyze trends and statistics to find and produce winners on a consistent basis. Chris has been writing for Sports Chat Place since 2016 and covers a wide array of sports from college and pro football, college basketball, hockey and baseball.

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