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Saint Peter’s got off to a brutally slow start in their last outing at home against Rider, but the Peacocks were able to build off of their elite defense in the second half as Saint Peter’s went on to beat the Broncs by a final of 56-51. Saint Peter’s has become one of the more dangerous threats in the MAAC working their way up the stands to sit 11-9 overall and 7-3 in league play. The Peacocks are unique in the MAAC as they like to slow things down and play in the half court ranking 20th in the nation in points allowed compared to 330th in scoring average. Saint Peter’s defense has traveled well this season and in their last two road outings the Peacocks got past Fairfield and Rider in winning efforts.
The Marist Red Foxes have been one of the lesser performers in the MAAC in recent years and Marist has had a tough time finding wins again this season standing 6-14 overall and 3-6 in conference. In their last outing Marist fell to Rider on the road losing to the Broncs by a final of 66-84 and the Red Foxes have been fading losing 4 of their last 5 games. The Red Foxes have been weak on both ends of the court this season ranking 267th in the nation in scoring average and 324th in total defense. Khallid Hart has been a bright spot on the tea leading the way averaging 17.5 points per game.
Saint Peter’s has shown their defense travels very well as this group continues to overperform their Vegas odds away from their home court. Marist has had a tough time staying competitive in many of their games both on the road and at home this season. We like Saint Peter’s to build off of the momentum they showed down the stretch in their last outing as they go on to cover this spread.
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