NEC foes will battle when the Robert Morris Colonials (8-10, 4-1 NEC) take on the Sacred Heart Pioneers (10-8, 3-2 NEC) at the UPMC Events Center. Action gets underway at 5 p.m. ET on Monday, January 20, 2020, and it can be seen on CBS Sports Network.
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The Pioneers fell to the Saint Francis U Red Flash in their last outing, 72-65. E.J. Anosike had a good performance for Sacred Heart, finishing with 13 points and 12 rebounds. Saint Francis U had a turnover percentage of 11.4 (better than their season average of 15.7). Sacred Heart, on the other hand, had a better effective field goal percentage (0.519 vs. 0.508).
In the Colonials’ last outing, they were defeated by the Merrimack Warriors, 53-49. AJ Bramah was the game’s high scorer with 16 points on 5-for-7 shooting. Merrimack did an excellent job of making free throws (13-18; 72.2 percent). Robert Morris, on the other hand, held the Warriors to an offensive rebounding percentage of 11.5 (below their season average of 23.9).
This will be the first matchup of the year between these two teams, after splitting two games last season. In the most recent matchup, the Pioneers won 87-63. The Pioneers dominated every facet of the game. They had a free throw rate of 0.196 and an absurd offensive rebounding percentage of 37.5. For those same stats, the Colonials put up marks of 0.107 and 24.2, respectively.
Robert Morris could have difficulty getting to the foul line in this battle. The Colonials currently rank 348th in the NCAA with a free throw attempt (FTA) rate of 0.151, while Sacred Heart ranks 24th in FTA rate allowed (0.159). Ball protection could be troublesome for the Pioneers. They rank 265th at avoiding errors (turnover percentage of 20.6 percent), while the Colonials force the 54th-most turnovers in the country (opponents’ turnover percentage of 22.5 percent).
Sacred Heart vs. Robert Morris Betting Prediction
Basketball Pick: SU Winner – Robert Morris, ATS Winner – Robert Morris, O/U – Over
The Pioneers rank 75th in blocks per game (3.7) while the Colonials rank 137th in blocks allowed per game (3.9).
Robert Morris averages 6.5 steals per game, which ranks 121st in the nation. Sacred Heart ranks 160th in steals allowed per game (7.3).
Robert Morris averages 16.7 assists per game, which ranks 11th in the nation. Sacred Heart ranks 231st in assists allowed per game (15.7).
The Pioneers rank 11th in rebounds per game (41.4) while the Colonials rank 224th (33.7).
Robert Morris averages 24.2 three pointers per game, which ranks 84th in the nation. Sacred Heart ranks 165th in three pointers allowed per game (22.4).
The Colonials’ average margin of victory in their last five games has been 15.2, up from 1.5 for the season.
During their last five games, the Pioneers have scored an average of 69.2 points per game (6.5 below their season average) and allowed an average of 68.2 points per game (4.0 below their season average).