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St. John's Red Storm vs. Xavier Musketeers - 2/23/15 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Xavier Musketeers (18-10) at St. John's Red Storm (18-9)

College Basketball: Monday, February 23, 2015 at 8:00 pm (Madison Square Garden)

The Line: St. John's Red Storm -1 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds

TV: Fox Sports 1

The Xavier Musketeers will travel to the Madison Square Garden to take on the St. John's Red Storm this Monday night in College Basketball action.

The Xavier Musketeers improved to 18-10 (8-7 Big East) on the season after defeating the Butler Bulldgos, 73-56, this past Saturday. Xavier shot 45.8% from the field and 43.8% (7-16) from beyond the arc in the victory. Leading the way for the Musketeers was Myles Davis who had 18 points, 3 assists, and 4 steals. Xavier is ranked 28th in the RPI Standings and has played the 26th ranked SOS. On the season, the Musketeers have been led by Trevon Bluiett (12.1 ppg, 4.4 rpg, 1.9 apg) and Matt Stainbrook (11.8 ppg, 6.6 rpg, 2.5 apg). Xavier is averaging 75.7 ppg (ranked 24th) on 48.1% shooting (ranked 16th). The Musketeers average 17.0 apg (ranked 6th) and commit 11.8 turnovers per game (80th). Xavier is holding their opponents to an average of 67.8 ppg (ranked 213th) on 43.6% shooting (ranked 215th). The Musketeers pull down 34.71 total rpg (ranked 169th) and have a rebound margin of 3.5 (ranked 76th).

St. John's Red Storm vs. Xavier Musketeers - 2/23/15 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The St. John's Red Storm improved to 18-9 (7-7 Big East) on the season after defeating the Seton Hall Pirates, 85-72, this past Saturday. St. John's shot 48.4% from the field and 42.3% (11-26) from beyond the arc in the victory. Leading the way for the Red Storm was Sir'Dominic Pointer who had 22 points, 10 rebounds, and 3 blocks. St. John's is ranked 39th in the RPI Standings and has played the 38th ranked SOS. On the season, the Red Storm have been led by D'Angelo Harrison (18.3 ppg, 5.7 rpg, 2.0 apg) and Sir'Dominic Pointer (13.4 ppg, 7.5 rpg, 2.4 bpg). St. John's is averaging 72.1 ppg (ranked 65th) on 44.8% shooting (ranked 104th). The Red Storm shoot 70.3% from the free-throw line (ranked 124th) and have a 1.17 assist/turnover ratio (ranked 79th).  St. John's is holding their opponents to an average of 66.9 ppg (ranked 188th) on 40.4% shooting (ranked 74th). The Red Storm pull down 35.67 total rpg (ranked 109th) and have a rebound margin of -2.6 (ranked 285th).

The Musketeers are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games overall and 4-9 ATS in their last 13 road games. The Red Storm are 4-1 ATS In their last 5 Monday games and 0-5 ATS in their last 5 games following a ATS win.

Xavier picked up a huge win as they dominated a very good Butler Bulldogs team. St. John's has won 4 of their last 5 helping their chances for the NCAA tournament. It's hard to go against Xavier after how well they looked against Butler, however, playing St. John's at Madison Square Garden in a game they have to have is alot to ask. I'm taking St. John's to cover this small spread.

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St. John's Red Storm -1.5

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