Saint Louis Billikens (3-0) vs Seton Hall Pirates (1-1)Date : 11/17/2018
Time : 8:00 pm EST
Location : Prudential Center, South Orange, New Jersey
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Saint Louis Billikens vs Seton Hall Pirates
The Saint Lewis Billikens will travel to the Prudential Center in South Orange, New Jersey to battle the Seton Hall Pirates on Saturday night at 8 pm EST. The Billikens are coming in as 3-0 after getting a 69-58 home win over the Lions of North Alabama as they had a balanced attack with four players in double digits while being led by Javon Bess who had 16 points along with 10 boards for the game. And while Saint Louis did not shoot well from long range (4 of 16), they shot 47% from the field for the game while allowing just 36% from the field for the Lions.
The Pirates of Seton Hall evened their record at 1-1 as they suffered an 80-57 road loss to the Nebraska Cornhuskers in their last outing on Wednesday night as Myles Powell led the road team in scoring with 24 points on 7 for 21 shooting for the night while the team shot 36% from the field. And while neither team shot well form three-point range, the Pirates were miserable in shooting two of 16 for the night from the arc.
Saint Louis Billikens's Latest Performance :
The Billikens of Saint Louis maintained their unbeaten streak in beating the North Alabama Lions in heir last matchup as they not only capitalized on 14 turnovers for the Lions, but, shot 47% from the field in the win as Javon Bess along with DJ Foreman led the team with 15 and 16 points, respectively. Cameron Diggs (16 points) and Jamari Blackmon (12 points) were the only double-digit scores for North Alabama as they shot only 36% from the field as a team for the night while sinking only four of 15 threes for the contest.
Saint Louis is allowing teams to shoot under 40% from the field for the year and will seek to put up another effective defense performance versus a Seton Hall team that struggled in their last outing yet looking to turn the tide on Saturday.
Seton Hall Pirates 's Latest Performance :
Seton Hall followed up on an opening night win over the Wagner by getting destroyed on the road by the Nebraska Cornhuskers in their last time out as they went down by only six points at the half only to let the home team outscore them 47-30 in the second half en route to the victory. Myles Powell led the way for the Pirates as they shot only 36% as a team in the contest while the only other double-digit scorer was Michael Nzei with 13 points along with 9 rebounds.
On the other hand, James Palmer Jr had 29 points for Nebraska as they were allowed to shoot a tad better than Seton Hall in the win. Actually, their ability to shoot the three ball was the main catalyst for the win as the Cornhuskers hit 8 of 23 while Seton Hall shot 13% in hitting just 2 of 16 for the game.
How Saint Louis Billikens & Seton Hall Pirates Matchup.
Vegas Odds, Offshore Odds, & Odds ATS:
Saint Louis is 0-3 ATS while the OU is 0-3
Seton Hall is 1-1 ATS while the OU is 0-1
In-Depth Analysis of each team:
Both these teams will be looking for confidence and momentum as they meet on Saturday. The Pirates will be looking to rebound from a dismal road loss to the Cornhuskers while the Billikens will certainly look to build off the momentum of their last win over the North Alabama Lions. In all, expect this to be a competitive matchup as Saint Louis will want to maintain their top seeding within the A-10 conference while the Pirates would like to pick up some wins to get out of the cellar of the Big East division.
Against The Spread Selection: Pick: Saint Louis Billikens
My reason for the pick :
I will back the Billikens in this contest as I happen to believe that they will hold it down on the road versus an up and down squad for Seton Hall on Saturday. Again, the Billikens may not be the best offensive team in the country by any stretch, however, they are known to play stellar defense as they are currently ranked 43rd in points allowed this season with 60 points per game. With that being the case, look for Saint Louis to battle throughout as they will pull away late thanks to their defensive pressure.
Totals Selection: Pick: Under
My reason for the prediction :
With two offenses that are known to struggle, I will back the under in this matchup as I certainly do not see the scoreboard lighting up much throughout the duration of this game. Of course, the Pirates will certainly look to push the pace at home, however, they will not be able to convert successfully as the Billikens defense has really been solid throughout the year. It is for this reason that the under will be the strong play as the total will not surpass its set limit.
Betting trends for Saint Louis Billikens:
- The Billikens are 0-4 ATS in last four games
- The Under is 4-2 in Billikens last six games
Betting trends for Seton Hall Pirates :
- The Pirates are 8-1 ATS in last nine games
- The Pirates are 3-1 ATS in last four home games
- The over is 3-1 in Pirates last four games