Georgetown Hoyas vs. St. John's Red Storm - 2/17/15 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
St. John's Red Storm (17-8) at Georgetown Hoyas (16-8)
College Basketball: Tuesday, February 17, 2015 at 7:00 pm (Verizon Center)
The Line: Georgetown Hoyas -7.5 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
TV: Fox Sports 1
The St. John's Red Storm will travel to the Verizon Center to take on the Georgetown Hoyas this Tuesday night in College Basketball action.
The St. John's Red Storm improved to 17-8 (6-6 Big East) on the season after defeating the Xavier Musketeers, 78-70, this past Saturday. St. John's shot 42.2% from the field and 31.8% (7-22) from beyond the arc in the victory. Leading the way for the Red Storm was Sir'Dominic Pointer who had 24 points, 5 rebounds, and 4 assists. St. John's is ranked 34th in the RPI Standings and has played the 33rd ranked SOS. On the season, the Red Storm have been led by D'Angelo Harrison (19.1 ppg, 5.8 rpg, 1.9 apg) and Rysheed Jordan (13.9 ppg, 3.7 rpg, 2.9 apg). St. John's is averaging 72.2 ppg (ranked 63rd) on 45.1% shooting (ranked 91st). The Red Storm average just 10.5 turnovers per game (ranked 18th) and have an assist/turnover margin of 1.17 (ranked 77th). St. John's is holding their opponents to an average of 66.2 ppg (ranked 171st) on 40.1% shooting (ranked 68th). The Red Storm average 8.1 spg (ranked 24th) and pull down 25.52 defensive rpg (ranked 55th).
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The Georgetown Hoyas improved to 16-8 (8-5 Big East) on the season after defeating the Seton Hall Pirates, 86-67, this past Tuesday. Georgetown shot 52.5% from the field and 42.1% (8-19) from beyond the arc in the victory. Leading the way for the Hoyas was D'Vauntes Smith-Rivera who had 23 points, 4 rebounds, and 5 steals. Georgetown is ranked 20th in the RPI Standings and has played the 4th ranked SOS. On the season, the Hoyas have been led by D'Vauntes Smith-Rivera (15.5 ppg, 3.7 rpg, 3.3 apg) and Joshua Smith (11.3 ppg, 6.3 rpg, 1.3 apg). Georgetown is averaging 71.6 ppg (ranked 76th) on 46.1% shooting (ranked 65th). The Hoyas average 5.7 three-pointers per game (ranked 229th) on 34.7% three-point shooting (ranked 149th). Georgetown is holding their opponents to an average of 65.1 ppg (ranked 141st) on 39.9% shooting (ranked 58th). The Hoyas average 4.9 bpg (ranked 38th) and 7.8 spg (ranked 41st).
The Red Storm are 4-9 ATS in their last 13 games overall and 0-4 ATS in their last 4 games following a ATS win. The Hoyas are 5-11 ATS in their last 16 vs. Big East and 1-4 ATS in their last 5 home games.
St. John's have won three straight games including two on the road to help put them squarely on the bubble for the NCAA tournament. Georgetown snapped a two game losing streak with a convincing win vs. Seton Hall. Georgetown hasn't been the same team as of late as their defensive isn't getting the job done like it was earlier in the season. Saint John's knows how important every victory is at this point of the season, and as they've been playing well on the road as of late, I think that they keep this one within the number. Take St. John's and the points.