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St. John's Red Storm vs. Robert Morris Colonials - 3/18/14 NIT First Round

Robert Morris Colonials (21-13) at St. John's Red Storm (20-12)

College Basketball: Tuesday, March 18, 2014 at 7:00 pm (Carnesecca Arena)

The Line: St. John's Red Storm -15.5 -- Over/Under: 136 See the Latest Odds

TV: ESPNU

The Robert Morris Colonials and Saint Johns Red Storm will play Tuesday night in the first round of the NIT. The Colonials finished first in the Northeast with a 21-13 record, while the Red Storm finished third in the Big East with a 20-12 record.

Robert Morris heads into this matchup averaging 71.6 points on 43.8 percent shooting and allows 71.3 points on 45.7 percent shooting. The Colonials shoot 38.3 percent from downtown, 72.7 percent from the free throw line and are led by senior guard Karvel Anderson, who averages 19.1 points and 3.3 rebounds. Defensively, the Colonials average 7.1 steals and have held four of their last five opponents to 64 or fewer points. The Robert Morris Colonials are 1-6 ATS overall this season.

St. John's Red Storm vs. Robert Morris Colonials - 3/18/14 NIT First Round

Saint Johns is one of the more balanced teams in the NIT, but relies on its tough defense to win games. The Red Storm allow just 67 points on 40.7 percent shooting. Saint Johns also averages 37.6 rebounds per game. Offensively, Saint John’s scores 72.7 points on 44.8 percent shooting. Junior guard D’Angelo Harrison leads the Red Storm with 17.7 points per game. St. Johns shoots 69.9 percent from the free throw line and 34.2 percent from beyond the arc. The Saint Johns Red Storm are 14-16 ATS overall this season.   

The Colonials are 1-5 ATS in their last 6 road games and 1-7 ATS in their last 8 games overall. The Red Storm are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games following a ATS loss and 9-4 ATS in their last 13 games overall. 

Robert Morris is 0-2 ATS this season when an underdog by at least 15 points. You’d think the Colonials would put up somewhat of a fight, but the Red Storm have a huge difference in size and will dominate this paint in this game. Robert Morris also struggles defensively, which doesn’t bode well with the way St. Johns can score the ball.

I’ll eat the chalk with the Red Storm. 

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St. John's Red Storm -15.5

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