St John's vs. Wagner - 11/13/15 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Wagner Seahawks (0-0) vs. St John's Red Storm (0-0)
NCAA Basketball: Friday, November 13, 2015 at 6:00 pm (Carnesecca Arena)
The Line: St John's Red Storm -9.5 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
TV: FOX Sports 1
The Wagner Seahawks and St John's Red Storm open their season Friday night at the Carnesecca Arena.
The Wagner Seahawks have nowhere to go but up after winning just 29 games the last two seasons. Mike Aaman leads Wagner after averaging 10.4 points and 9.3 rebounds while Corey Henson averaged 9.1 points and 1.6 assists. Romone Saunders grabbed 4.1 rebounds and JoJo Cooper dished four assists. The Wagner Seahawks did lose their top player in Marcus Burton, but they return a good portion of last year’s team. Wagner was one of the top rebounding teams in the country last year with an average of 37.1 boards per game. Offensively, Wagner can improve on its 31.2 percent shooting from deep and 40 percent shooting from the field. The Wagner Seahawks have lost six of their last seven road games.
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The St John's Red Storm hope they can reach back-to-back NCAA Tournament bids for the first time since the 90s. The Red Storm certainly have their work cut out for them this season under new coach Chris Mullin. Also, The St John's Red Storm lost their top six scorers from last season and recently found out that prized freshman Marcus LoVett will not be eligible to play this season. The good news for St. John’s is that freshman Yankuba Sima has a chance to really shine with this young team and possibly become one of the top players in the Big East in due time. St. John’s has 10 new faces this season, making Mullin’s first year a tall task to get this Red Storm program back on the right track.
The Seahawks are 6-2 ATS in their last 8 non-conference games and 5-2 ATS in their last 7 road games. The Red Storm are 0-6-1 ATS in their last 7 Friday games.
The Wagner Seahawks are an experienced team that plays pressure defense and will make life tough for the young Red Storm. St. John's just has too many new players to expect them to cover big chalk this early. This game should come down to the wire.