Seton Hall Pirates (10-3) vs Xavier Bulldogs (9-5)Date : 01/02/2019
Time : 6:30 pm EST
Location : Cintas Center, Cincinnati, Ohio
Pick, Prediction, & Preview:
Seton Hall Pirates vs Xavier Bulldogs
The Seton Hall Pirates will travel to Cintas Center in Cincinnati, Ohio, to battle the Xavier Musketeers on Wednesday night at 6:30 p.m. Eastern Standard Time. The Bulldogs won their second straight game as they picked up a win versus the DePaul Blue Demons on the road in opening up a six-point lead at the half while shooting 46% from the floor for the night en route to the victory. On the other hand, the Bulldogs limited DePaul to only 40% shooting as they were atrocious from three-point range in connecting on only three of 14 attempts.
On the other hand, the Seton Hall Pirates picked up a confidence-building win over the St. John’s Red Storm as they rallied in the second half while getting a late buzzer-beating 3-pointer from Shavar Reynolds, who ended the game with eight points, in which to pick up the much-needed victory. In all, the wid was the sixth straight for Seton Hall as they are currently ranked in the top spot within the Big East Division.
Seton Hall Pirates's Latest Performance :
The Seton Hall Pirates are two and a half games behind the Xavier Musketeers for the top seed within the Big East conference. And while one will certainly not call Seton Hall an offensive juggernaut this season, they have been able to not only hit some critical baskets down the stretch throughout the season, but, possess one of the most aggressive and solid defenses in the nation in which to back them up as the Pirates are allowing teams to score only an average of 69 points per game.
Nonetheless, Seton Hall offense has struggled, despite going 9 – 1 during their last ten games, overall. In other words, seven of their last 10 games were decided by seven points or less as the defense certainly did their part in which to keep the team competitive, however, the offense continues to battle inconsistency at critical points within games. As stated, the Pirates certainly were able to pull things together during their current 10-game stretch as this game will certainly mean a lot in that they will be looking to gain some ground within the division with a much-needed victory.
In their last outing versus the Red Storm of St Johns, the Pirates needed a rally in the second half in which to come back from a nine-point halftime deficit in which two get a buzzer-beating three-point jumper from Reynolds in which to seal a very exciting, back-and-forth contest throughout. Myles Powell went 5-15 from the floor while leading the team with 15 points while Quincy McKnight also chipped in 14 points off the bench to provide a lift for the Pirates in the last second victory.
Look for Seton Hall to certainly take their momentum into this matchup versus a Musketeers team that will certainly be looking to create some space between themselves and the Pirates.
Xavier Bulldogs's Latest Performance :
The Xavier Bulldogs are winners of three of their last four games along with two straight as their offense continues to remain efficient in shooting a tad under 49% from the floor on a nightly basis while their defense continues to hold teams to only 42% shooting per game. And while their offense was not as efficient as usual in shooting just 46% from the floor versus DePaul, its defense was certainly solid as they allowed the Blue Demons to shoot only 40% for the night as Paul Reed led the team with 17 points Aaong with nine rebounds as he went 4-9 from the floor.
The Blue Demons were also only able to connect on just three 3-pointers on the night while Xavier ended with 10 threes led by Ryan Welage, who came off the bench in which to make good on five of eight 3-point attempts while finishing with 17 points. Naji Marshall, however, led the team with 19 points along with 14 rebounds as he struggled for the night in going 5 of 12 from the floor in the victory for Xavier. And while their last two losses were versus two outstanding defensive teams in Missouri along with Cincinnati, Xavier will now battle a Seton Hall team that is also allowing opponents to shoot just 42% from the floor. Nonetheless, the Pirates are 1-1 in two road games this season, with their last being a 4 point win versus the Maryland Terrapins at Xfinity Arena.
How Seton Hall Pirates & Xavier Bulldogs Matchup.
Vegas Odds, Offshore Odds, & Odds ATS:
Seton Hall is 6 – 7 ATS while the OU is 5 -7
Xavier is 4 – 8 – 2 ATS while the OU is 5-9
In-Depth Analysis of each team:
This will be an interesting Big East matchup on Wednesday night as both teams will certainly be looking to establish themselves on the defensive end in which to ensure that the game remains low-scoring and manageable throughout. As stated, the Pirates offense has struggled throughout the year and will likely do so in this matchup vs a Xavier defense that has been stepping things up a bit recently. On the other hand, look for Xavier to have its fair share of issues in looking to make headway versus a Seton Hall defense that, in my opinion, are one of the best in the nation at this point.
Against The Spread Selection: Pick: Xavier Bulldogs
My reason for the pick :
The Musketeers have won five straight home games and this will certainly continue versus a Seton Hall Pirates team that possesses a solid defensive unit; However, tends to struggle on the offensive end of the floor much too often. Look for Xavier to take advantage of this during this matchup on Wednesday night as they will step things up on the defensive end in which to create turnovers along with easy baskets in transition. Furthermore, also look for Xavier to push the pace constantly in which to also allow for free throw opportunities en route to the victory.
Totals Selection: Pick: Under
My reason for the prediction :
The under has been the play in five of the last six games for the Musketeers while also being the result in four of the last seven games for the Seton Hall Pirates. Again, look for these trends to hold true in this contest as well as both teams will be looking to hunker down on the defensive end, first and foremost, as this has been the tip of the spear in their success in 2018.
Betting trends for Seton Hall Pirates:
- The Pirates are 2-4 ATS in last 6 games
Betting trends for Xavier Bulldogs:
- The Musketeers are 1-3-1 ATS in their last five games
- The under is 9 – 1 in the Musketeers last 10 games