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#859 Quinnipiac 138 vs.
#860 Saint Peter's -5.5
Friday, February 14, 2020 at 7:00pm EST
Written by Diamond Dave

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The St. Peters Peacocks host the Quinnipiac Bobcats Friday in a Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference game. Quinnipiac is 11-11 overall and 6-6 in the MAAC while St. Peters is 11-11 overall and 8-5 in the conference. St Peter's crushed the Bobcats when they met back in January by the score of 71-51. Tipoff is Friday at 7:00 p.m. ET at Yanitelli Center in Jersey City, N.J.

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Quinnipiac drops 3rd straight

The Quinnipiac Bobcats lost their third straight game on Monday, falling to Manhattan 65-63. The loss dropped their record to 11-11 overall and 6-6 in the conference. The losses sent the Bobcats tumbling down the standings, but they are still just a game and a half out of first in an incredibly tight MAAC. Ten teams are within 2 games of first place as the season heads into the home stretch. In the loss to Manhattan, Aaron Falzon tied the game on a three-pointer with 12 seconds remaining, but Manhattan's Tykei Greene made a layup attempt with less than two seconds left to win it.

Tyrese Williams led the Bobcats with 21 points and 6 rebounds while Falzon finished with 14 points. Kevin Marfo added 11 points and 13 rebounds for Quinnipiac. Rich Kelly had 7 points and led the team with 4 assists. The Bobcats shot 19-of-45 or 42 percent from the floor and made 11-of-24 from three-point distance. The Bobcats were outscored 36-14 in the paint and they committed 25 turnovers.

Peacocks move into first

The St. Peters Peacocks are coming off their best win of the season, beating first-place Monmouth on Monday by the score of 81-69. The win, at Monmouth, drew them into a tie for first with Rider at 8-5 in the MAAC. Quinn Taylor led the Peacocks with 15 points, 9 rebounds, and 4 assists while Cameron Jones added 14 points, 5 rebounds, and 3 steals. Aaron Estrada added 11 points and 3 rebounds for St. Peter's.

Foussenyi Drame added 9 points and 6 rebounds while KC Ndefo had a great all-around game with 7 points, 5 rebounds, 3 steals and 2 blocked shots. Saint Peter's outrebounded Monmouth 43-33 and scored 36 points in the paint to just 20 for Monmouth. Saint Peter's made 25-of-34 free throws, the most they've had in a game this season. The Peacocks also had 39 bench points to just 13 for Monmouth.

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Take St. Peter's here giving up the points. I love the Peacocks here. While Quinnipiac (No. 249 in RPI) is still in contention in the MAAC, they are not playing like it. They have lost three straight and two of them were bad blowouts. The Peacocks (No. 227 in the RPI), on the other hand, are playing great. They are coming off a pretty easy win at Monmouth to move into first place. They beat the Bobcats by 20 points when they played them on the road about a month ago. Quinnipiac just does not match up with their size and defensive toughness. I like the Peacocks at home to cover easily here.

Prediction: St Peter's -5.5

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Take the under here. The last time these two teams played, the total was 122. The over-under is set about 15 points higher in this one and I just don't see it. Neither one of these teams are very good offensively. The Bobcats average 69 points per game while St. Peter's averages 66 points per game. St. Peter's has been winning with their defense, giving up just 65 points per game. They shut down the Bobcats last time they played and they will again this time, considering that Quinnipiac is playing worse basketball right now than they were then. Plus, the Bobcats ranks No. 262 in pace of play, while St. Peter's is No. 182 -- so neither side likes to push it.

 

Prediction: Under
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Written By David Shields , "Diamond Dave"

Dave has covered every major sport with passion and expertise for national sports publications. In addition to being a sportswriter, Dave has also worked in financial industry and brings a critical eye for numbers to his analysis of games. Dave thoroughly researches the statistics to spot the trends and breakdown the matchups to successfully find the winners in the NFL, NBA, MLB, college hoops, and other sports.