St. John’s Red Storm vs. Seton Hall Pirates
The Seton Hall Pirates and the St. John’s Red Storm meet in a battle of Big East teams looking to finish strong. The Pirates are -9.5 point favorites over the Red Storm with an over/under point total set at 132.5.
The Seton Hall Pirates have won back to back games and Kevin Willard’s team is hoping that a strong finish can land them in the NCAA Tournament. SHU is 6-7 in the Big East, 11-2 at home this season, and tied for eighth place in the conference standings. Herb Pope is averaging is averaging 15.9 points and 10.5 rebounds, Jordan Theodore is averaging 15.8 points and 6.7 assists, and Fuquan Edwin is averaging 13 points and 6.8 rebounds. As a team Seton Hall is averaging 68.2 points and they are shooting 42.8 percent while defensively they are allowing 63.2 points and their opponents are shooting 41.1 percent. Seton Hall’s six game losing streak to end January may come back to bite them but Big East wins have the ability to erase the selection committee’s memory.
The St. John’s Red Storm are having a disastrous season on all fronts but with a good young core there should be better days ahead for Steve Lavin’s team. SJU is 4-9 in the Big East, 2-7 on the road this year, and they are tied for 13th place in the conference standings. D’Angelo Harrison is averaging 16.9 points, Maurice Harkless is averaging 16 points and 8.4 rebounds, and God’sgift Achiuwa is averaging 9.9 points and 6.0 rebounds. As a team St. John’s is averaging 66.9 points and they are shooting 42.4 percent while defensively they are allowing 70.3 points and their opponents are shooting 43.4 percent. St. John’s will have to count this season as a learning experience.
Seton Hall is 6-2 against the spread in their last eight home games, 4-1 against the spread following a win, and 4-0 against the spread in their last four Tuesday games. St. John’s is 2-7 against the spread in their last nine games following a cover and 0-4 against the spread in their last four trips to Seton Hall. The favorite has covered in nine of the last 12 meetings of these two.
The total in this one looks to be a little light and I see this one sailing past it with plenty of time still on the clock.