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St. John's vs. Rutgers 11/19/15 - College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Rutgers Scarlet Knights (2-0) at St. John's Red Storm (2-0)

NCAA Basketball: Thursday, November 19, 2015 at 7:00 pm

The Line: St. John's Red Storm -6.5 -- Over/Under: 142.5 See the Latest Odds

TV: FS-1

The St. John’s Red Storm and the Rutgers Scarlet Knights face off on Thursday in college basketball action.

The St. John’s Red Storm are off to a 2-0 start after knocking off Wagner and UMBC in their first two games. St. John’s is averaging 70.5 points and they are shooting 48.5 percent from the floor and 41 percent from beyond the three-point arc but just 69 percent from the free throw line while defensively they are allowing 55 points and their opponents shoot 29.1 percent. Frederico Mussini leads the Red Storm averaging 18 points per game. Durand Johnson is averaging 13.5 points and 6.5 rebounds, Ron Mvouika is averaging 12.5 points, and Yankuba Sima is averaging 8.0 points and 8.5 rebounds. St. John’s has played light competition but the free throws will cost them against the better teams.

St. John's vs. Rutgers 11/19/15 - College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Rutgers Scarlet Knights have started the season 2-0 with wins over Rutgers-Newark and Howard. Rutgers is averaging 77 points and they are shooting 46.6 percent from the floor and just 21.9 percent from beyond the three-point arc and 67.2 percent from the free throw line. Deshawn Freeman and Corey Sanders each have 15 points to lead the Red Storm. Mike Williams is averaging 13 points and 6.5 rebounds and D.J. Foreman is averaging 10.5 points and 7.0 rebounds. Rutgers hasn’t faced much so this is easily their stiffest test thus far.

St. John’s is 3-1-1 against the spread in their last five home games, 3-7-1 against the spread following a win, and 1-3-1 against the spread against a team with a winning record. Rutgers is 1-4 against the spread in their last five road games, 1-7 against the spread against a team with a winning record, and 4-9 against the spread following a win.

The line here is a little high but I still see St. John’s getting it done.

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St. John's Red Storm -6.5

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