Seton Hall Pirates vs. Northwestern Wildcats
The Seton Hall Pirates and the Northwestern Wildcats face off in the finals of the Charleston Tip-Off Classic. The Wildcats are -2 point favorites over the Pirates.
The Seton Hall Pirates have started the season strong and with two convincing wins in their first two games of this tournament they find themselves in the finals. SHU has knocked off VCU by 15 points and followed it up with an eight point win over St. Joe’s on Friday. Jordan Theodore leads all Seton Hall scorers averaging 21 points per game with 4.3 rebounds, and 5.3 assists, Herb Pope has 19.3 points per game and 12.3 rebounds, and Fuquan Edwin is averaging 15 points, 5.3 rebounds, and 3.0 steals. As a team Seton Hall is averaging 74 points per game shooting 45.1 percent from the field while their opponents average 65 points and shoot 40.4 percent from the floor. With three players who can light it up at any time and then Aaron Crosby who is also capable of scoring double digits Kevin Willard looks to have an improved team that could shake things up in the Big East and have a decent record to work with before they get to conference play.
The story we will continue to hear about Bill Carmody’s Northwestern Wildcats is that they have still never made it to the NCAA Tournament but with a chance to build their resume in the early going this is a bigger game for them than it would be for a lot of teams. Northwestern has earned their spot in the final by edging out a scrappy LSU team by six points and then holding off Tulsa in a four point win. Drew Crawford came up big for the Wildcats last game pouring in 28 points and for the season he is averaging 18.7 points and 6.0 rebounds, John Shurna is averaging 22.3 points and 6.0 rebounds, and Dave Sobolewski is averaging 8.3 points, 3.7 rebounds, and 4.0 assists per game. As a team Northwestern is averaging 72,3 points per game while shooting 41.6 percent from the floor and they hold their opponents to 61.0 points per game and 41.4 percent shooting. Northwestern has talented players and a schedule that should give them credibility but it is games like this which could be the difference makers if they find themselves on the bubble.
Seton Hall is 4-1 against the spread in their last five games overall, 2-5-1 against the spread in their last eight against Big Ten teams, and 4-0 against the spread in their last four against a team with a winning record. Northwestern is 6-1-1 against the spread in their last eight neutral site games, 5-1 against the spread in their last six games against Big East teams, and 12-4 against the spread in their last 16 non-conference games.
The line is tight here but I believe the wrong team is favored here and I look for Seton Hall to win this one and while the game may be somewhat competitive, I don’t see the final score being all that close.
Seton Hall Pirates +2 Northwestern Wildcats