9:05 pm
January 24

St. John’s @ Seton Hall

Who will WIN this matchup?

St. John’s Red Storm (10-7)

@ Seton Hall Pirates (12-5)


Current odds:

St. John’s Red Storm: (+255)

Seton Hall Pirates: (-310)


The line fore is Seton Hall by 6.5 points.

Seton Hall will go for a rare NBA-style sweep at the college level when it hosts St. John’s in a Big East game Monday night at its on-campus gym in South Orange, N.J. The Pirates (12-5, 3-4 Big East) outlasted the Red Storm 66-60 on Saturday afternoon in New York City. St. John’s (10-7, 2-4) was limited to 29.3 percent shooting. Although the Red Storm did score 19 points off 17 Seton Hall turnovers, St. John’s only had 10 fast-break points. Without much of a transition game, the Red Storm struggled in the halfcourt.

The Red Storm also had seven shots sent back by 7-foot-2 Seton Hall center Ike Obiagu. The grad student has 164 career blocked shots, three shy of the program record of 167 by future NBA player Samuel Dalembert.

Seton Hall’s Myles Cale, who scored 21 points, also locked down St. John’s star Julian Champagnie, who went 3-for-14 and scored nine points.

Champagnie is 10-for-35 in his last two games.

Seton Hall point guard Bryce Aiken (14.5 points, 2.7 assists) sat out because he still is in concussion protocol. His status for Monday is unclear.

The Pirates could have a major home-court advantage. The game was re-scheduled from Dec. 20 because of a COVID pause, but Seton Hall’s usual arena in Newark, N.J., was unavailable. Thus, it was moved to their on-campus gym, which hasn’t hosted a Big East game since 1985, when it seated 3,200. The newly renovated gym seats 1,316. With students expected to account for 900-plus of those in attendance, it could get quite loud, especially if the Pirates start fast.

StreakSmarter Pick
Seton Hall Pirates