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Wisconsin Badgers vs. St. John's Red Storm Pick, Odds, Prediction 11/8/13

St. John's Red Storm (17-16) at Wisconsin Badgers (23-12)

College Basketball: Friday, November 8, 2013 at 7:00 pm (Sanford Pentagon)

The Line: Wisconsin Badgers -4.5 -- Over/Under: 132 See the Latest Odds

TV: Big Ten Network

The Wisconsin Badgers and the St. John’s Red Storm face off on Friday in Sioux Falls, SD as they open their 2013-2014 college basketball schedules.

The Wisconsin Badgers were first round losers in the NCAA Tournament last season and with several key players from last year’s team missing the badgers look to improve on that result. Jared Berggren, Mike Bruesewitz, and Ryan Evans all contributed a season ago but are gone now but the Badgers went deep into the bench so all of this year’s starters have plenty of experience. Josh Gasser returns after missing all of last season with an injury but two years back he was nailing bombs and has some of the best range in the nation. Ben Brust averaged 11.1 points and 5.1 rebounds last season and Sam Dekker averaged 9.6 points. Look for Frank Kaminsky to have an increased role over what we saw from him last year but when we saw him last he was good enough to be a starter. Wisconsin averaged 65 points and shot 42 percent from the floor last season while their opponents averaged 55.9 points and shot 39.4 percent.

Wisconsin Badgers vs. St. John's Red Storm Pick, Odds, Prediction 11/8/13

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The St. John’s Red Storm had one of the youngest teams in the nation last year meaning they have one of the more experienced teams in the nation this year. JaKarr Sampson averaged 14.9 points and 6.6 rebounds last season and D’Angelo Harrison averaged 17.8 points. St. John’s has the premier shot blocker in the nation in Chris Obekpa who averaged 6.9 points, 5.5 rebounds, and 4.0 blocks per game. Also returning is Phil Greene IV who averaged 10.1 points and Gods’gift Achiuwa who redshirted last season after averaging over nine points per game as a freshman. As a team St. John’s averaged 64.8 points and shot 41.5 percent while defensively they allowed 66.2 points and their opponents shot 40.1 percent. In the new Big East St. John’s should be able to make some noise.

Wisconsin is 2-5 against the spread in their last seven games and 1-4 against the spread in their last five non-conference games. St. John’s is 2-5 against the spread in their last seven non-conference games.

St. John’s has talent but it will be interesting to see if they have enough to put it together as a team while Wisconsin appears to already be there making them the choice here. 

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