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St. Peter’s vs. Northwestern College Basketball Point Spread Pick: November 13th 2017

St. Peter’s vs. Northwestern
College Basketball Point Spread Pick: NW -18.5 (November 13th 2017)

The set-up: The St. Peter’s Peacocks dropped their season opener 61-40 at La Salle as part of the Hall of Fame Tip-Off. It’s another game tonight as part of the Hall of Fame Tip-Off, this time at Allstate Arena in Rosemont, Illinois against the Northwestern Wildcats. Northwestern won its season opener 79-75 over Loyola-Maryland on Friday. St. Peter’s had hoped for an NCAA bid at the start of the season but had to settle for the CIT. However, the Peacocks have plenty to be proud of as they won the CIT championship, finishing with 23 wins. As for Northwestern, the school made its first-ever NCAA appearance last season, won its first-ever NCAA game and fiisihed with 24 wins, the first time a Northwestern team had ever won 20 games in a single-season.

St. Peter’s: The Peacocks lost three starters off last year’s team, the 6-8 Welton (12.0 & 8.3) plus guards Wyche (11.3) and Portley (7.8). Not a single player reached double figures in the team’s season-opening loss to La Salle, as St. Peter’s shot just 30.6 percent as team. However, this team is know for its deliberate style of play and its defense and the Peacocks did hold La Salle to a modest 61 points.

Northwestern: Chris Collins’ team enters the new season off last year’s record-setting accomplishments and returns four of five starters. Sanjay Lumpkin is the lone starter not returning and he averaged a modest 6.0 PPG and 5.4 RPG. The school was rewarded by earning a ranking of 19th in the AP’s preseason poll, the first time that’s ever happened in school-history (just another first!). Due to a $110 million renovation project of Welsh-Ryan Arena, all of the Wildcats’ home games during the 2017-18 season will be played at Allstate Arena in Rosemont, Ill. Northwestern narrowly avoided an upset Friday in its inaugural game in Allstate Arena, edging Loyola (Md.) 79-75 behind Scottie Lindsey’s 26 points. The Wildcats had a 13-point lead at halftime against Loyola and led by as many as 17, but struggled to close the game out in the face of the Greyhounds’ hot shooting. Lindsey was a unanimous preseason All-Big Ten selection, after averaging 14.1 PPG last year. His backcourt partner is PG Bryant McIntosh (14.8 & 5.2 APG) plus a third “key returnee” is the 6-7 Law (12.3 & 5.8 last season). McIntosh had 16 poitst and seven assists in the opener, while Law had 12 points and added seven rebounds.

The pick: The Peacocks will have some early-season trouble adjusting and I believe are over-matched here against a very good Northwestern team that knows it under-performed in its opener. Lay the points!

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