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Pennsylvania Quakers vs Saint Joseph's Hawks Preview

Saint Joseph's HawksPennsylvania Quakers
11-5January 18, 2014, 07:00 | Palestra3-10

College hoops betting interest focuses on the Pennsylvania vs Saint Joseph's battle Saturday at Palestra as the Quakers look to defend home court and cover the NCAA basketball point spread.

The Hawks will try to spoil to the party on Saturday; they are 6-5-1 ATS against the number this season, while the Quakers are 5-6 ATS. Saint Joseph's is 5-7 on the totals; Pennsylvania is 4-5.

View Saint Joseph's Hawks vs Pennsylvania Quakers Odds and Stats.

If you were backing the visitors in this one, the Hawks were listed as -6-point favorites earlier in the day at Bovada.

The Quakers sit at No. 303 in the current college hoops power poll here at Odds Shark, while the Hawks sit at No. 191 on the same chart.

Saint Joseph's won its last outing, an 84-75 result against Duquesne on January 15. They earned a push in that game as a 9-point favorite. Langston Galloway went off for 26 points and added 4 rebounds, leading Saint Joseph's over Duquesne, 84-75, on Wednesday at Hagan Arena.

Pennsylvania won its last outing, a 77-74 result against Princeton on January 11. They covered in that game as an 8.5-point underdog. Pennsylvania got 18 points from Tony Hicks en route to a 77-74 victory over Princeton on Saturday at Palestra.

How They Match Up:
When it comes to rebounds, the visiting Hawks rank No. 87 in NCAA Division 1 with 37.25 per game. That compares with Pennsylvania’s No. 135 ranking in that category. The story is different when it comes to three-point shooting where Pennsylvania is college basketball's No. 145-ranked team at 5.92 per game, while the Hawks rate No. 53 with 7.56 per game.

A few Hawks at Quakers trends to consider:
Saint Joseph's is 7-1 SU in its last 8 games
Saint Joseph's is 4-2 SU in its last 6 games on the road
Saint Joseph's is 5-2 ATS in its last 7 games when playing Pennsylvania
Saint Joseph's is 6-2 SU in its last 8 games when playing Pennsylvania
Pennsylvania is 1-7 SU in its last 8 games
Pennsylvania is 2-5 SU in its last 7 games at home
Pennsylvania is 2-5-1 ATS in its last 8 games when playing Saint Joseph's
Pennsylvania is 2-6 SU in its last 8 games when playing Saint Joseph's

Next up:
Saint Joseph's home to Rhode Island, Wednesday, January 22nd
Pennsylvania at NJIT, Saturday, January 25th