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Sunday, November 17, 2019 at 4:00pm EST
Written by Adam Rauzino

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The #12 Seton Hall Pirates will head on the road to clash with the Saint Louis Billikens in an inter-conference tilt Sunday afternoon from the Chaifetz Arena. Seton Hall logged a 20-14 regular-season record last year and fell 76-73 to Michigan State in their previous game on Thursday night. Saint Louis went 23-13 last season and are coming off an 82-60 home win over Eastern Washington. Saint Louis recorded a 66-64 road win against Seton Hall last season.

#12 Seton Hall Falls in Showdown with #3 Michigan State

The #12 Seton Hall Pirates have won two of their first three games. They will be eager to return to the court after they were narrowly defeated 76-73 by #3 Michigan State on the road on Thursday night. The Pirates are a deep team that returns four of their top five scorers from last year.

Myles Powell is one of the best players in the Big East. The senior guard averaged a remarkable 23 points last year, and he is putting on a show right now. Powell accumulated a sizzling 37 points in the defeat to Michigan State and he is averaging 21.3 points on 46% shooting through three games.

Sandro Mamukelashvili is a solid defensive player who led the Pirates in rebounding last year. The junior forward scored nine points in the loss to the Spartans and is averaging 12.3 points and 5.7 rebounds. Quincy McKnight led Seton Hall in assists last year, and he again leads the team with 5.3 assists and is third in team scoring with 9.3 PPG.

The Pirates are ranked #12 in the AP Top 25 rankings this week. They were picked by many to win the entire Big East this season. Seton Hall is averaging 84 points, ranking them 67th overall. They are playing solid defense, holding opponents to 68 points, positioning them 177th in the country.

Saint Louis Registers Three Decisive Wins to Start Season

The Saint Louis Billikens remain undefeated after three games. The Billikens are known for their defense although their scoring has been just as good. They dominated Eastern Washington by an 82-60 score in their latest action on Wednesday night in a game that had Saint Louis favored by eight points. Jordan Goodwin has been their best player so far, averaging 16 points and 8.2 rebounds accompanied by a 51% field goal percentage. The junior guard scored a season-high 22 points against Valparaiso last weekend.

Hasahn French is also playing well, compiling an average of 15.3 points and 6.7 rebounds. The junior forward was a key player last year as well as he posted 9.3 PPG. Demarious Jacobs is responding to increased playing time, connecting on 52% of his shots for 10.7 PPG on the season.

The Billikens did lose their top two scorers from last season but the offense has not been a problem early. Saint Louis is ranked 117th overall in Ken Pomeroy’s college basketball ratings. They were projected to finish in 7th place in the A10 preseason poll. The Billikens are scoring an average of 84 points, good for 56th in the country. They are holding opponents to 65.7 points, placing them 147th overall.

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I expect a solid road win from Seton Hall. The Pirates are an elite team that should be the top squad in the Big East. Seton Hall was able to sink 11 three’s against a stifling Spartans defense so I am confident they can break through against a very good Saint Louis defense.

Furthermore, while Saint Louis has won all three games, they have yet to play a challenging opponent which has inflated their stats. I expect the Billikens to have trouble scoring in this game. They only averaged 66 points last season, and Seton Hall will be the best defense they have seen early this season. The Pirates were able to hold Michigan State to 41% shooting.

Prediction: Seton Hall Pirates

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I am opting for the under in this clash. Seton Hall is playing excellent defense. Opponents are only shooting a combined 39.5% from the field against the Pirates. The Billikens only return one player that averaged double-digits last season. Saint Louis is also having trouble from the free-throw line, connecting on only 51% of their free-throws. The under is 5-1 in their last six Sunday games.

In addition, Saint Louis is a defensive team that should be able to at least contain a potent Seton Hall squad. The Billikens are limiting opponents to 39.5% shooting through three games, and the under is 6-1 in the Pirates’ last seven games following a straight-up loss.

Prediction: Under

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The over on the Seton Hall team total is a prop I recommend. The Pirates feature star Myles Powell who is a huge threat. The senior guard accumulated a dazzling 37 points against Michigan State and he also scored 27 points in the season opener. The Pirates have the ability to solve any defense. They are also shooting a solid 39% from three-point range, and the Billikens are giving up three’s as their three-point defense stands down at 330th overall.

Prediction: Seton Hall Team Total Over

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I am sticking with Seton Hall on the halftime line. Seton Hall is averaging a terrific 37 points in the first half in their three games. I expect them to come out determined after their tough loss to Michigan State in their latest game. They have held their last two opponents to 30 and 33 points respectively in the first half.

Prediction: Seton Hall
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Written By Adam Rauzino

Adam has been a sports fanatic his entire life, closely following hockey, baseball, basketball and football. Adam enjoys analyzing various stats, as well as studying Sabermetrics and analytics to take his picks to a whole new level. Adam has a passion for writing about various sports as well as personal finance and has brought his talents to us here at Winners and Whiners. He graduated with a diploma in business marketing and business finance.