Villanova Wildcats vs. St. John's Red Storm - 3/7/15 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
St. John's Red Storm (21-9) at Villanova Wildcats (28-2)
College Basketball: Saturday, March 7, 2015 at 2:00 pm (Villanova Pavilion)
The Line: Villanova Wildcats -12 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
The St. John's Red Storm will travel to The Pavilion (Villanova) to take on the Villanova Wildcats this Saturday afternoon in College Basketball action.
The St. John's Red Storm improved to 21-9 (10-7 Big East) on the season after defeating the Marquette Golden Eagles, 67-51, this past Wednesday. St. John's shot 39.0% from the field and 50.0% (12-24) from beyond the arc in the victory. Leading the way for the Red Storm was D'Angelo Harrison who had 21 points, 6 rebounds, and 3 assists. St. John's is ranked 33rd in the RPI Standings and has played the 51st ranked SOS. On the season, the Red Storm have been led by D'Angelo Harrison (17.9 ppg, 5.5 rpg, 2.0 apg) and Sir'Dominic Pointer (13.9 ppg, 7.7 rpg, 2.5 bpg). St. John's is averaging 71.8 ppg (ranked 72nd) on 44.6% shooting (ranked 109). The Red Storm is shooting 36.0% from beyond the arc (ranked 102nd) and have an 1.2 assist/turnover ratio (ranked 71st). St. John's is holding their opponents to an average of 66.2 ppg (ranked 159th) on 40.0% shooting (ranked 57th). The Red Storm average 6.7 bpg (ranked 5th) and have a turnover margin of 2.9 (ranked 23rd).
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The 4th-rnaked Villanova Wildcats improved to 28-2 (15-2 Big East) on the season after defeating the Creighton Bluejays, 76-72, this past Tuesday. Villanova shot 42.3% from the field and 27.3% (6-22) from beyond the arc in the victory. Leading the way for the Wildcats was Ryan Arcidiacono who had 23 points, 4 rebounds, and 2 assists. Villanova is ranked 4th in the RPI Standings and has played the 52nd ranked SOS. On the season, the Wildcats have been led by Darrun Hilliard II (14.2 ppg, 3.1 rpg, 2.0 apg) and Ryan Arcidiacono (10.9 ppg, 1.9 rpg, 3.6 apg). Villanova is averaging 75.7 ppg (ranked 24th) on 46.5% shooting (ranked 51st). The Wildcats average 8.7 three-pointers per game (ranked 16th) and 15.6 apg (ranked 20th). Villanova is holding their opponents to an average of 61.3 ppg (ranked 55th) on 40.7% shooting (ranked 79th). The Wildcats average 7.7 spg (ranked 38th) and have a turnover margin of 3.2 (ranked 18th).
The Red Storm are 3-0-1 ATS in their last 4 games overall and 20-8 ATS in their last 28 Saturday games. The Wildcats are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games following a ATS loss and 42-17 ATS in their last 59 games overall.
St. John's has won 4 straight and 7 of their last 8 games as they've probably have done enough to earn them an at-large big into the NCAA Tournament. Villanova has reeled off 11 straight wins and continue to battle to try and earn a #1 seed in the NCAA tournament. St. John's has played great as of late and have been impressive on the defensive end as during their winning streak they are holding their opponents to an average of 62.5 ppg which is almost 4 points less than their season average. Creighton gave Villanova a scare earlier this week, however, Villanova has one of the best teams in the country as they get it done in all aspects of the games and play great team basketball. This game still means alot of for both teams, and as much as Villanova plays well at home, I think St. John's will do enough to keep it within this number. Take St. John's and the points.