St. John's vs. Duke - 1/25/15 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Duke Blue Devils (16-2) at St. John's Red Storm (13-5)
College Basketball: Sunday, January 25, 2015 at 2:00 pm (Madison Square Garden)
The Line: St. John's Red Storm +6 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
The Duke Blue Devils and St. John’s Red Storm play Sunday at the Madison Square Garden.
The Duke Blue Devils have split their last four games and play their fifth true road game. On the season, Duke is averaging 81.8 points on 50 percent shooting and is allowing 63.7 points on 42.1 percent shooting. Jahlil Okafor is averaging 18.6 points and 8.9 rebounds while Quinn Cook is averaging 14.2 points and 2.8 assists. Justise Winslow is grabbing 4.8 rebounds and Tyus Jones is shooting 42.1 percent from the field. The Duke Blue Devils have four double-digit scorers, and they’re shooting 70.4 percent from the line and 37.4 percent from downtown. Defensively, Duke is allowing 29.3 percent shooting from deep and has given up 65 or less points in five of its last seven games. The Duke Blue Devils are 3-1 SU on the road.
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The St. John’s Red Storm have split their last eight games and play their third ranked team. On the season, St. John’s is averaging 69.7 points on 44.1 percent shooting and is allowing 62.1 points on 38.1 percent shooting. Rysheed Jordan is averaging 13.7 points and 2.8 assists while Phil Greene IV is averaging 12.5 points and 2.9 rebounds. Sir'Dominic Pointer is grabbing 7.2 rebounds and Chris Obekpa is shooting 47.1 percent from the field. The St. John’s Red Storm have four double-digit scorers, and they’re shooting 70.5 percent from the line and 31.8 percent from downtown. Defensively, St. John’s is allowing 30.6 percent shooting from deep and has given up 70 or more points in five of its last six games. D'Angelo Harrison is questionable with a calf injury.
The Blue Devils are 5-15-1 ATS in their last 21 vs. Big East and 1-3-1 ATS in their last 5 games overall. The Red Storm are 7-1 ATS in their last 8 vs. Atlantic Coast and 1-5 ATS in their last 6 games overall. The Blue Devils are 1-4 ATS in the last 5 meetings in St. John's.
When you add the bright lights of MSG and the fact the players want to get Coach K to 1,000 victories, you have to like Duke in this spot. The Red Storm will put up a strong fight but given the circumstaces, the Blue Devils should cover this number late in the second half.