College Basketball Preview: St. John’s at Seton Hall

Seton Hall Pirates logoThe nation will get a good look at red-hot St. John’s on Thursday when the Red Storm rolls into Seton Hall in a Big East matchup (7:00 p.m. ET, ESPN2).

St. John’s (19-9 SU, 14-13 ATS) has won six in a row and eight of their last nine (7-2 ATS). The Red Storm will be favored against a Seton Hall team (11-17 SU, 12-13 ATS) that has lost three straight and five of its last six (3-3 ATS).

St. John’s is listed as a 3-point favorite at and the total is 130.5. On the moneyline, the Red Storm are -150; the Pirates are +130.

St. John’s continues to move up the college basketball rankings and is now No. 15 in the country. The way the Red Storm are playing they could be a top-10 team before the NCAA Tournament begins.

St. John’s is led by G Dwight Hardy who may be the Big East Player of the Year. He scored a career-high 34 points on Saturday as St. John’s routed Villanova 81-68 as 6.5-point road dogs.

Seton Hall is coming off Saturday’s 60-48 to Notre Dame as 9.5-point road dogs. Jeff Robinson scored a team-high 16 points while Jeremy Hazell scored 14 points. Even though Seton Hall is not a great team this season, the Pirates have been competitive at home having gone 7-4 ATS this season.

This will be the 87th meeting between St. John’s and Seton Hall. St. John’s has the all-time series lead, 54-32, but the Pirates have won seven of the last 10 games. Seton Hall is just 1-8 this season against teams ranked in the Top 25. The Pirates are 5-10 all-time against teams ranked No. 15 in the country.

Here are some key college basketball betting stats for Thursday’s game.

The Red Storm are 6-0 ATS in their last six games overall. The Red Storm are 4-1 ATS in their last five Thursday games.

The Pirates are 5-2 ATS in their last seven home games. In this series, the home team is 6-1 ATS in the last seven meetings. St. John’s is 1-4 ATS in the last five meetings at Seton Hall

The under is 11-1 in the Pirates’ last 12 home games. The under is 20-6-1 in the Pirates’ last 27 overall.

Seton Hall has been a great team to bet under the total this season – 18 of the Pirates’ 25 games this year have gone under the total.

In this series, the under is 8-3 in the last 11 meetings.

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