St. John's vs. Long Beach State - 12/22/14 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Long Beach State 49ers (5-7) at St. John's Red Storm (9-1)
College Basketball: Monday, December 22, 2014 at 7:30 pm (Carnesecca Arena)
The Line: St. John's Red Storm -8.5 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
TV: CBS Sports Network
The Long Beach State 49ers and St. John’s Red Storm play Monday night at Madison Square Garden.
The Long Beach State 49ers have lost four of their last six games and are playing their seventh true road game. On the season, Long Beach State is averaging 68.4 points on 43.4 percent shooting and is allowing 73 points on 43.3 percent shooting. Mike Caffey is averaging 18.3 points and 3.7 assists while Tyler Lamb is averaging 10.3 points and 4.2 rebounds. David Samuels is grabbing 5.3 rebounds and Branford Jones is shooting 46.9 percent from the field. The Long Beach State 49ers are an up-tempo team that has seven players averaging at least five points while they’re shooting 64.3 percent from the free throw line and 392 percent from beyond the arc on the season. Defensively, Long Beach State is forcing 13.7 turnovers per game and is allowing teams to shoot 30.3 percent from deep.
The St. John’s Red Storm have won five straight and look like a Big East contender. On the season, St. John’s is averaging 68.8 points on 43.5 percent shooting and is allowing 56.8 points on 35.8 percent shooting. D'Angelo Harrison is averaging 19.8 points and 6.6 rebounds while Rysheed Jordan is averaging 14.5 points and 3.1 assists. Phil Greene IV is shooting 37.5 percent from the field and Sir'Dominic Pointer is grabbing eight rebounds. The St. John’s Red Storm are a long, physical team that’s averaging 39.6 rebounds and 6.7 blocks per game. Offensively, St. John’s is shooting 68.7 percent from the line and 32.3 percent from deep while the defense is forcing 14.3 turnovers per game and allowing teams to shoot 25.9 percent from deep. Since Jan 18th, St. Johns has lost one true home game.
The 49ers are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 road games and 4-0 ATS in their last 4 games overall. The Red Storm are 2-5 ATS in their last 7 home games and 12-3-1 ATS in their last 16 games following a S.U. win.
Long Beach State is likely going to struggle with the physical style of play St. John's likes to play. When you add in the limited defense of the 49ers, the Red Storm should win this one by double digits.