NCAA Tournament First Round Betting Pick: Seton Hall Pirates vs. Wofford Terriers

On Thursday night, the Seton Hall Pirates will face off against the Wofford Terriers in a 7 vs 10 matchup in the first round of the NCAA tournament. Seton Hall finished the season with a 20-13 record and Wofford finished with a 29-4 record and have won 20 straight games.

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Pirates Playing Well

Seton Hall is coming off a 74-72 loss to Villanova in the championship of their conference tournament. The Pirates made a nice run in the Big East tournament, knocking off Georgetown and Marquette before falling to Villanova. Myles Powell led the way in this one with 25 points on 9 of 19 shooting to go with 5 rebounds and a team-high 4 assists. Anthony Nelson scored 12 points on 4 of 8 shooting in 17 minutes off the bench. Myles Cale chipped in 10 points on just 3 of 12 shooting. Sandro Mamukelashvili led the team in rebounds with 14 to go with 7 points.

Seton Hall is led by superstar Myles Powell, who is averaging 22.9 points per game this season to go along with 4 rebounds per contest. He is followed by Myles Cale who scores 10.3 a game and grabs 4.2 rebounds. Quincy McKnight chips in 9.5 points a game and is the leading assister with 4 per game. Michael Nzei scores 9.2 a game and Sandro Mamukelashvili scores 8.9 points per game and Sandro leads the team in rebounds with 7.8 a game. Seton Hall does not have a player shooting above 38% from 3-point range. The Pirates are averaging 73.9 points per game on 44.1% shooting.

Terriers Not Secret Anymore

Wofford is coming off a 70-58 win over UNC Greensboro in their conference championship game and had an easy time running through their conference all season. Fletcher Magee and Nathan Hoover both scored 20 points to pace the Terriers. Magee shot just 4 of 15 and Hoover went 5 of 9 and added 5 rebounds. Cameron Jackson tallied 15 points on 6 of 10 shooting and led the team in both rebounds and assists with 7 boards and 5 dimes. The Terriers received just 4 points from their bench which could be a problem.

Wofford is led by Fletcher Magee who is averaging 20.5 points per game and is shooting 42.8% from 3-point range. He is followed by Cameron Jackson who adds 14.6 points a game and is the leading rebounder with 7.5 boards per contest. Nathan Hoover chips in 13.3 points a game and is shooting 45.7% from deep. Storm Murphy leads the team in assists with 3.2 a game to go with 8 points a game and is shooting 48.5% from 3. Wofford scores 83 points a game and is shooting 49.3% from the field.

Pirates Pull Off Slight Upset

Wofford comes in at -2.5. The Terriers have been incredible all season long and have not lost a game since December 19, but this is a huge step up in competition for them. Seton Hall has been hot recently and looked impressive in their run to the Big East championship game. Also, the Terriers went just 1-4 this season against power-5 conference teams. Myles Powell is a problem and will be a problem for Wofford in this one. Look for Powell to lead the charge in a Seton Hall victory. Take Seton Hall +2.5.

  • Bet on the Seton Hall Pirates +2.5

  • Bet on the Wofford Terriers -2.5

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