St. John's vs. Villanova - 1/6/15 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Villanova Wildcats (13-1) at St. John's Red Storm (11-3)
College Basketball: Tuesday, January 6, 2015 at 9:00 pm (Madison Square Garden)
The Line: St. John's Red Storm +2.5 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
TV: FOX Sports 1
The Villanova Wildcats and St. John’s Red Storm play Tuesday night at Madison Square Garden.
The Villanova Wildcats are off to a solid 13-1 start and play their third true road game. On the season, Villanova is averaging 75.9 points on 46.7 percent shooting and is allowing 59.4 points on 39.8 percent shooting. Darrun Hilliard II is averaging 12.4 points and 2.2 steals while JayVaughn Pinkston is averaging 10.6 points and 6.1 rebounds. Daniel Ochefu is grabbing 8.7 rebounds and Dylan Ennis is shooting 44.1 percent from the field. The Villanova Wildcats rely heavily on their offense that has five players averaging double-digit points while they’re shooting 70.6 percent from the line and 33.7 percent from deep. Defensively, Villanova is forcing 15.2 turnovers per game and has allowed 67 or less points in six of its last seven games.
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The St. John’s Red Storm hope to snap a two-game skid and are playing their second ranked team. On the season, St. John’s is averaging 69.5 points on 44.4 percent shooting and is allowing 59.1 points on 37.2 percent shooting. D'Angelo Harrison is averaging 20.3 points and 6.2 rebounds while Phil Greene IV is averaging 11.6 points on 39 percent shooting. Sir'Dominic Pointer is dishing 3.2 assists and Chris Obekpa is grabbing 8.4 rebounds. The St. John’s Red Storm are producing 38 rebounds per game and forcing nearly 14 turnovers. St. John’s defense is holding teams to 29.3 percent from deep and has allowed 57 or less points in seven of its last nine games. Offensively, St. John’s is shooting 68.7 percent from the free throw line and 30.8 percent from downtown.
The Wildcats are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 road games and 47-22 ATS in their last 69 games overall. The Red Storm are 1-5 ATS in their last 6 vs. Big East and 0-5 ATS in their last 5 games following a S.U. loss. The Wildcats are 4-0 ATS in the last 4 meetings in St. John's and 4-1 ATS in the last 5 meetings overall.
This won't be an easy game for the Villanova Wildcats but St. John's has been inconsistent lately and another subpar performance will result in yet another loss. Given what we've seen recently, Villanova and the small chalk has to be the pick here.