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Seton Hall -16 over St. Peter’s
Prudential Center - Newark, NJ
12:00 PM EST. As a 19½-point favorite, the Hall is coming off a 27-point win and cover over Monmouth. To suggest it was ugly, despite covering, would be an understatement. We bet Seton Hall and cashed but it was lucky. Seton Hall had no business cashing that ticket and did so only because Monmouth shot 10% (2-20) from three-point land. To make it even worse, Monmouth hit just 17 of 57 FG’s overall (29%) and that is why the Pirates covered. It’s not because they played well and anyone that watched that game (like us) and bet Seton hall couldn’t wait for that final bell to go off. Seton Hall could not have played worse, as they went to the free-throw line 39 times and hit a lousy 23 of them. They couldn’t make shots either. Now the Hall is underpriced because their performance was so lousy while the Peacocks of Saint Peter’s are well known.
The Saint Peter’s Peacocks are coming off a season in which it cemented themselves as one of the greatest Cinderella stories in NCAA Tournament history, making it all the way to the Elite Eight as a No. 15 seed. The prestige from that run will hang around this program for a while, as the Peacocks are now arguably the most recognizable brand in the MAAC and one of the most recognizable mid majors in the country because of it. We’ll attempt to take advantage.
You see, any lasting on-court effects from that run — positive or negative — will be few and far between because the players and coach behind it are no longer in Jersey City. Former head coach Shaheen Holloway left for Seton Hall, his alma mater. That’s an ironic twist to this game. The Peacocks’ top six scorers, including all five starters, entered the transfer portal. Nine players hit the portal in all, leaving that special part of Saint Peter’s history firmly in the past. There are a few holdovers, but this team is mostly filled with newcomers, four of whom — Jayden Saddler (Southern), Kyle Cardaci (Coppin State), Alex Rivera (Long Island) and Cam Young (Bowling Green) — came from the Division I level but could not crack the starting lineup for some weak programs.
There is no chance that Seton Hall plays as bad as they did when they beat Monmouth. There is no chance that Shaheen Holloway didn’t lose his shit over that putrid performance at home in which he himself said he was embarrassed about the team's performance in front of a home crowd. Seton Hall shows up here with its great defense and plays 100 times better than it did in its home opener and likely wins here by 30 or more. Bet on it.
Seton Hall -16½ -109 (Risking 2.18 units - To Win: 2.00)