St John’s Red Storm (9-11 SU, 9-10-0 ATS, 10-9-0 OU) vs Seton Hall Pirates (12-6 SU, 6-10-1 ATS, 8-9-0 OU)
When: 12:00 PM ET, Sunday, January 22, 2017
Where: Prudential Center, Newark, New Jersey
Lines: Seton Hall -8.5
College Basketball action this afternoon and the St John’s Red Storm will duke it out with the Seton Hall Pirates at the Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey. The Red Storm are off a 78-68 home win over DePaul, but they are still just 3-4 in the Big East, while the Pirates have lost their last three games in a row and are now just 2-4 in league play.
Malik Ellison Leads Red Storm Over Blue Demons
The St John’s Red Storm had a solid start to their year, but then conference play began and they have struggled. The Red Storm are off a 78-68 home win over the Blue Demons, but they did lose their previous four games and they are still just 3-4 in Big East. This is a team that will probably be average at best the rest of the year and when they do struggle, it will be because of their defense. That defense actually played well in the win over the Blue Demons as they held them to just 40.7% shooting overall, including just 35.7% from long range, plus they forced 16 turnovers as well. The offense has been solid for most of the year so far and while they shot just 45.5% overall in the game, they did shoot 54.5% from long range. Leading their attack was Malik Ellison, who had 23 points, while Shamorie Ponds and Bashir Ahmed each had 14 and Tariq Owens had 10. On the year, they have five players that have averaged at least 8.2 ppg and have been led by Ponds, who has put up 17.1 ppg, while 2nd is Marcus LoVett at 16.4 ppg and 3rd is Ahmed at 12.3 ppg.
The Red Storm have averaged 71.3 ppg and have allowed 78.4 ppg in conference play overall, while in true road games this year they have averaged 80.4 ppg and have allowed 79.1 ppg. St John’s checks in ranked 119th in the nation in scoring, putting up 76.2 ppg, while also ranking 241st in FG% (43.2%), 51st in 3-point shooting (38.4%) and 125th in free throw shooting (71.2%). At the defensive end of the floor they have not been good as they come in ranked 235th in points allowed, giving up 73.9 ppg, while also ranking 175th in defensive FG% (43.3%) and 221st in 3-point defense (35.3%).
No Offense in Loss To Wildcats
The Seton Hall Pirates have not had a ton of issues on offense this year, but in their last two games they have scored 61 and 46 points. The 46 points was against the Villanova Wildcats and it was their low point total of the year. Both game were on the road and this one is at home where they have been very solid on offense and have gone 7-0 on the year. In the loss to the Wildcats they hit just 29.1 % of their shots overall, including just 25% from long range. You won’t win many games shooting like that and they hope to get their offense back on track in this one vs a St John’s teams that has struggled on defense this year, especially on the road. Leading their attack was Desi Rodriguez, who had 15 points as was the only player in the game for the pirates to put up more than eight points. Their defense really struggled in the game as well as they allowed 76 points on 47.4% shooting overall, including 46.25 from long range. Leading the team in offense this year has been Khadeen Carrington at 17.8 ppg, while Rodriguez is 2nd at 16.6 ppg and 3rd is Angel Delgado at 14.3 ppg.
Seton Hall has averaged 70.7 ppg and have allowed 73.5 ppg in conference play overall, while here at home for the year they have averaged 82.4 ppg and have allowed 64.3 ppg. The Pirates check in at 160th in the nation in scoring, putting up 74.9 ppg, while also ranking 111th in FG% (46.0%), 183rd in 3-point shooting (35.1%) and 347th in free throw shooting (61.2%). At the defensive end of the floor they have been decent as they come in ranked 122nd in points allowed, giving up 69.8 ppg, while also ranking 126th in defensive FG% (42.3%) and 130th in 3-point defense (33.5%).
St John’s is:
- 5-2 ATS in their last seven road games vs. a team with a home winning % of greater than .600
Seton Hall is:
- 1-4 ATS in their last five games following a straight up loss
- 1-4 ATS in their last five Sunday games
The Red Storm had a good start to their year, but they have not been playing well of late, while Seton Hall comes in having lost their last two games in a row. The Hall has really struggled on offense of late and I feel that will not enable them to get an easy win in this one. St John’s has not played well on defense, but their offense should be able to put up enough points to keep this one close. This game should go right down to the wire.