St. John's Red Storm vs. St. Mary's Gaels - 12/19/14 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
St. Mary's Gaels (6-2) at St. John's Red Storm (8-1)
College Basketball: Friday, December 19, 2014 at 7:00 pm (Carnesecca Arena)
The Line: St. John's Red Storm -7.5 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
TV: Fox Sports 1
The Saint Mary’s Gaels will travel to Madison Square Garden to take on the St. John’s Red Storm this Friday night.
The Saint Mary’s Gaels dropped to 6-2 on the season after losing to the Northern Arizona Lumberjacks 73-71 this past Tuesday night. It was a tough loss for the Gaels as when the game was tied at 71, they turned the ball over off an inbounds pass which led to the game winning lay-up for the Lumberjacks. Leading the way for Saint Mary’s was Brad Waldow who had a double-double with 25 points and 15 rebounds. On the season, Brad Waldow is averaging an impressive 21.6 ppg and 10.8 rpg while shooting 57.0% from the field. Also contributing for the Gales have been Kerry Carter (14.4 ppg, 6.6 rpg) and Aaron Bright (13.0 ppg, 2.8 apg). Offensively, the Gaels are averaging 75.6 ppg (ranked 53rd) on 46.8% shooting (ranked 69th). Saint Mary’s averages 8.0 three-pointers per game which ranks 48th in the country. Defensively, the Gaels are allowing their opponents to score an average of 68.4 ppg (ranked 213th) on 43.7% shooting (ranked 228th).
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The 20th ranked St. John’s Red Storm defeated the Fordham Rams 74-53 this past Sunday to improve to 8-1 on the season. St. John’s used a strong defensive effort to win the game as they held the Rams to 38.8% shooting and 22.7% three-point shooting. Leading the way for the Red Storm was Rysheed Jordan who had 24 points on 9-12 shooting off the bench. On the season, St. John’s have been led by D’Angelo Harrison (19.7 ppg, 7.2 rpg), Rysheed Jordan (15.4 ppg, 4.3 rpg, 3.3 apg), and Chris Obekpa (7.0 ppg, 9.1 rpg, 3.7 bpg). St. John’s is ranked 17th in the RPI standings and they are 5-1 against teams that are ranked in the top-100 of the RPI standings. Defensively, St. John’s is holding their opponents to 60.6 ppg (ranked 69th) on 36.8% shooting (ranked 69th). The Red Storm average 6.8 bpg which is ranked 6th in the country. St. John’s averages 40.89 rpg which ranked 27th in the country. Offensively, the Red Storm is averaging 73.3 ppg (ranked 83rd) on 44.9% shooting (ranked 131st).
The Gaels are 5-0 ATS in their last 5 games vs. the Big East and 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games following a ATS loss. The Red Storm are 4-1-1 ATS in their last non-conference games and 12-3-1 ATS in their last 16 games following a S.U. win.
Saint John’s is an exciting team to watch as they can really get it done at the defensive end with their length and athleticism. Saint Mary’s has a great big man in Brad Waldow, however, I don’t the Gaels being able to hang around with the Red Storm at Madison Square Garden. Take St. John’s to cover.