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St. Francis (Pa.) @ Sacred Heart

Current Records: St. Francis (Pa.) 9-19; Sacred Heart 9-19

What to Know

The Sacred Heart Pioneers are 3-11 against the St. Francis (Pa.) Red Flash since January of 2016, but they'll have a chance to close the gap a little bit Saturday. The Pioneers and St. Francis (Pa.) will face off in a Northeast battle at 2 p.m. ET at William Pitt Center - West Gym.

Sacred Heart strolled past the Mount St. Mary's Mountaineers with points to spare on Thursday, taking the matchup 77-65. Four players on Sacred Heart scored in the double digits: Aaron Clarke (21), forward Nico Galette (17), guard Tyler Thomas (14), and guard Alex Watson (10).

Meanwhile, St. Francis (Pa.) didn't have too much trouble with the Central Connecticut State Blue Devils on the road on Thursday as they won 79-63. Forward Mark Flagg was the offensive standout of the contest for St. Francis (Pa.), posting a double-double on 14 points and 12 rebounds in addition to five assists.

Barring any buzzer beaters, the Pioneers are expected to win a tight contest. But bettors beware: they are only 2-7 against the spread when favored.

Their wins lifted both teams to an identical 9-19. In Sacred Heart's victory, Nico Galette had 17 points along with five boards and Aaron Clarke had 21 points and five assists. We'll see if the Red Flash have a strategy for dealing with them or if they lead their team to another successful outing.

How To Watch

  • When: Saturday at 2 p.m. ET
  • Where: William Pitt Center - West Gym -- Fairfield, Connecticut
  • Follow: CBS Sports App

Odds

The Pioneers are a slight 2.5-point favorite against the Red Flash, according to the latest college basketball odds.

The oddsmakers were right in line with the betting community on this one, as the game opened as a 2.5-point spread, and stayed right there.

Over/Under: -110

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Series History

St. Francis (Pa.) have won 11 out of their last 14 games against Sacred Heart.

  • Jan 23, 2022 - St. Francis (Pa.) 85 vs. Sacred Heart 74
  • Jan 22, 2021 - Sacred Heart 82 vs. St. Francis (Pa.) 70
  • Jan 21, 2021 - St. Francis (Pa.) 76 vs. Sacred Heart 58
  • Mar 07, 2020 - St. Francis (Pa.) 84 vs. Sacred Heart 72
  • Feb 06, 2020 - St. Francis (Pa.) 70 vs. Sacred Heart 68
  • Jan 18, 2020 - St. Francis (Pa.) 72 vs. Sacred Heart 65
  • Mar 02, 2019 - Sacred Heart 94 vs. St. Francis (Pa.) 84
  • Jan 26, 2019 - St. Francis (Pa.) 79 vs. Sacred Heart 78
  • Jan 28, 2018 - St. Francis (Pa.) 72 vs. Sacred Heart 71
  • Jan 20, 2018 - St. Francis (Pa.) 73 vs. Sacred Heart 60
  • Feb 23, 2017 - St. Francis (Pa.) 73 vs. Sacred Heart 64
  • Dec 31, 2016 - St. Francis (Pa.) 87 vs. Sacred Heart 67
  • Feb 27, 2016 - Sacred Heart 88 vs. St. Francis (Pa.) 78
  • Jan 04, 2016 - St. Francis (Pa.) 84 vs. Sacred Heart 80