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The St. Joseph's Hawks take a much-needed break from Atlantic 10 play as they take on the Penn Quakers on the road on Saturday afternoon. The Hawks have lost five straight games, all conference games, with their most recent loss coming at the hands of Rhode Island on Wednesday, 71-61. The Quakers have lost two straight games, both to Princeton, with their most recent loss being a five point decision on January 10.
Hawks go cold in second half against RamsThe St. Joseph's Hawks, who had a 35-29 lead at halftime, increased their lead over the Rhode Island Rams to 47-37 just three minutes into the second half. From that point, the Hawks had trouble finding the bottom of the net, as they missed their final 16 three-point attempts and were 5-27 from the floor over the final 17 minutes. Leading-scorer Ryan Daly was 8-16 from the floor and finished with 21 points in the game for the Hawks. Anthony Longpre had 11 rebounds and eight points in the loss.
After beginning the season 2-1, St. Joseph's has lost 13 of their last 14 games, with their lone win in that stretch being a 15-point win over 14-5 William & Mary. Their other two wins were against Bradley and Connecticut, both of whom have six losses or less this season. They have 11 double digit losses amongst their 14 losses on the season.
Daly is the lone Hawks player in double figures with 19.5 points per game. He also leads the team in rebounds (7.9 per game), assists (4.4 per game), and steals (1.1 per game). St. Joseph's averages 69.5 points per game, while shooting 37.6% from the floor and 29.0% from the three-point line.
Quakers lose two straight to TigersIn a strange quirk in the schedule, the Penn Quakers played back-to-back games against the Princeton Tigers within one week of each other, with the Tigers winning both games, including a five-point win at Princeton on January 10. The Quakers, who trailed by eight at halftime, scored a season-low 30 points in the second half, as they held the Tigers to just 27 points in the second half. AJ Brodeur recorded a double-double for Penn with 22 points and 13 rebounds. Devon Goodman had 15 points and Ryan Betley added 10 points for the Quakers, while Jordan Dingle, who entered the game as the team's leading scorer, was held to just four points. Penn got just three points from their bench, as they shot 40.7% from the floor and 23.8% from three-point range.
“We deserve where we’re at," Penn coach Steve Donahue said on inquirer.com, on starting conference play 0-2 for the fourth time in his five-year tenure, "but we have a chance with the [conference] tournament. I think failure’s all part of this. We’ve done it here and we’ve figured it out, and we’re going to figure it out this year as well.”
The Quakers are in the midst of their first two-game losing streak of the season. They have alternated wins and losses for much of the season, having a pair of two-game winning streaks this season. They defeated the SEC's Alabama Crimson Tide, 81-80, to open the season on November 5.
The Quakers, who average 76.5 points per game, have a pretty balanced offensive attack with four players averaging between 13.2 and 15.8 points per game. Brodeur leads the way with an average of 15.8 points per game, followed by Dingle at 14.9 points per game. Goodman and Betley check in with 13.7 and 13.2 points per game, respectively. Penn is shooting 45.7% from the floor and 34.0% from three-point range.
Trends found on oddsshark.com:
- The Quakers are 4-2 ATS in their last six games overall
- The Quakers are 6-0 ATS in their last six games versus an Atlantic 10 opponent
- The Hawks are 2-4 ATS in their last six games on the road
The Bottom Line What to bet on this game.
Full-Game Side Bet
The Penn Quakers have not lost three games in a row all season, while St. Joseph's has lost five straight games and 13 of their last 14 games. The Quakers are ranked 69th in the country in points per game, while the Hawks are 234th. St. Joseph's has a horrible defense, ranking near the bottom in every defensive category. Penn has an average scoring margin of +2.8, while St. Joseph's scoring margin is -11.8. The Quakers have a much better offensive team than the Hawks. Before their two losses to Princeton, Penn hadn't lost to an unranked team since November 19. The Quakers are 2-1 at home this season, while the Hawks are 1-5 on the road.
Prediction: Penn -10
Full-Game Total Pick
Penn is ranked 69th in scoring offense, 84th in field goal percentage, and 145th in three-point field goal percentage. Both teams are horrible defensively. The Hawks are giving up 81.3 points per game (346th), while the Quakers are giving up 73.7 points per game (287th). St. Joseph's is ranked 296th in opponents field goal percentage (45.6%) and 335th in opponents three-point field goal percentage (37.2%). Penn is ranked 245th in opponents field goal percentage (43.9%) and 287th in opponents three-point field goal percentage (35.2%). These are two of the top teams in pace of play, with the Hawks ranked 40th and the Quakers ranked 75th. This is going to be a fast-paced, high-scoring game.
Prediction: Over 156