Villanova Wildcats vs. St. John's Red Storm Pick-Odds-Prediction 2/22/14
St. John's Red Storm (18-9) at Villanova Wildcats (23-3)
College Basketball: Saturday, February 22, 2014 at 1:30 pm (Villanova Pavilion)
The Line: Villanova Wildcats -11 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
TV: Fox Sports One
The red hot St. John’s Red Storm visit the #9 Villanova Wildcats in a key big east contest Saturday at 1:30PM on Fox Sports One.
St. John’s continues to look better and better with each passing game and this past week they made easy work of a struggling Butler squad at home 77-52. Jakkar Sampson set the tone in this one and was extremely efficient. The forward tallied 23 points on 11-15 shooting and added 8 boards and 2 steals. Orlando Sanchez lead all rebounders with 11 boards off the bench and on top of their efficient offense, the Red Storm held Butler to 31% shooting, 18% from deep and 47% at the line. As the Red Storm’s offense starts to catch up with their defense, they are becoming a legit threat to be a tugh out in March.
Villanova got back on track and kept pace with Creighton this past week with a thrilling 2OT win at a solid Providence squad. Ryan Arcidiacono had a huge 3 point play with a few seconds left that sealed the 82-79 win for the Wildcats. The shot won the game and notched points 19, 20 and 21 for the swingman. Jayvaughn Pinkston added 20 and 6 and James Bell had 17 and 8 for the Wildcats. Villanova was effective on defense and forced the Friars into 10 steals that led to easy transition buckets and despite being outrebounded by 11, the Wildcats had success getting buckets in the paint. Villanova shot a whopping 28 threes in this one and managed to hit just 9. If the Wildcats can get back the Johnnies, they stand a decent chance to run the table.
St. John’s has been red hot of late and are arguably playing the best ball in the conference. They have been good on the road as well as at home and I think they take this one to the wire in Philly. I like the Wildcats to escape with the win late but the Red Storm to keep it close and ultimately cover at the end with the narrow loss.