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#615 Monmouth 136.5 vs.
#616 Princeton -6.5
Tuesday, December 10, 2019 at 8:00pm EST
Written by Sporty Jordy

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When and where: December 10, 2019, Jadwin Gymnasium, Princeton, NJ, 8:00 PM ET

The Monmouth Hawks hope to add to the problems of the Princeton Tigers when traveling to Jadwin Gymnasium for a head-to-head meeting with the Ivy League school on Tuesday. Monmouth rolled over Radford and fended off Norfolk State in their previous two outings. Meanwhile, the Tigers are 1-6 on the season and 0-2 when playing on their home floor. They are coming off an 82-76 loss to Drexel last Wednesday.

Hawks streaking for the first time

Don’t mind Monmouth for extensively celebrating their hard-fought win over Norfolk State. It was their first consecutive win of the season ahead of a long Thanksgiving break.

They’ve had well over a week to bask in their victory and nibble on some turkey. Some much-needed rest and recuperation should have them feeling reinvigorated heading into Tuesday’s showdown with the Tigers.

After looking like roadkill earlier in the season, the Hawks are finally soaring on offense after scoring 75-plus points in their last two consecutive outings. There should be plenty of confidence in their ability to keep that success going against a Princeton team that sits near the bottom in the country in defensive efficiency. This is the game for Deion Hammond to reach up and grab that proverbial brass ring and drag the Hawks to .500 win percentage.

The junior guard is coming off an impressive 24-point performance against Norfolk State.

Monmouth isn’t turning heads on the defensive end of the floor, but they have been much better than Princeton. They’ll be looking to shut down freshman Jaelin Llewellyn and a Tigers offense averaging 69.4 points with a 43.9 field goal shooting percentage.

Tigers fall flat to Drexel

Princeton earned their first win of the season over Bucknell before falling back to their losing ways when matched up with Drexel. The familiar look of disappointment consumed Tigers players as they walked off the floor after their sixth loss of the season.

It was fun while it lasted.

However, they could re-capture that feeling after beating Bucknell for a second time this season if they’re able to knock off Monmouth on Tuesday. One thing is certain: They can’t depend on their defense, even against an offensively-challenged team like the Hawks. Opposing teams are averaging a 51.7 field goal shooting percentage against them, which ranks as the seventh-worst in the league. It’s a big reason why they’ve only won one game this season.

The answer to success for the Tigers is offense. They need standout performances from Llewellyn and center Richmond Aririguzoh to even have a shot at competing. There is no doubt they can outscore a Hawks offense averaging only 61.0 points on the road.

But there is no surviving a defensive slugfest.

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The Tigers have looked like strangers on their home floor so far this season. They’ve also faced the far tougher opposition than Monmouth. Unlike the Hawks, the Tigers haven’t had the opportunity to beat up on losing teams like Norfolk State, Radford and Kennesaw. They’re too busy dealing with tough teams like Arizona State, Indiana and Lafayette.

Monmouth’s lack of offense will once again pop up as an issue for them on Tuesday. Even against the Tigers struggling defense, they’ll sink back to taking bad shots and missing frequently. The quality of opposition is also something to consider when weighing Princeton’s defensive efficiency. More talented teams have been able to light them up.

But the Hawks aren’t one of those teams.

Llewellyn will take over the game as Monmouth’s offense stalls on the other end. Here’s to hoping the Hawks enjoyed their extended time off because their return will end in disappointment. I’m taking the Tigers to roll over the Hawks and earn their first home win of the season.

Prediction: Princeton Tigers (-6.5)

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The Tigers are averaging 76.0 points in their last three games. They even managed to drop 65 points against an Arizona State defense that ranks 10th in the nation in efficiency. Now, they’ll be taking on a Monmouth team with all kinds of problems and the 203rd-ranked defense.

College basketball math isn’t always flawless in these circumstances, but it’s pretty safe to say the Tigers will be getting buckets on Tuesday. Monmouth will also have their opportunities as well considering how poorly Princeton has looked on defense in the early part of the season. Give me the over betting total here.

Prediction: Over (139.5)
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Written By Jordy McElroy , "Sporty Jordy"

Born in Germany and raised in the beautiful state of Tennessee, Jordy McElroy is a storyteller of sports, a sports betting enthusiast and a semi-deep thinker. Being a New England Patriots fan means he's a six-time Super Bowl winner as well, which means you'd have to be a fool to ignore his advice. Prior to joining our team here at Winners & Whiners, Jordy’s work appeared on CNN.com, FOX Sports, Bleacher Report, USA TODAY and BJPenn.com. There are no beaches where he comes from -- just rolling hills, green valleys and all the Sun Drop you can drink.