St. John's Red Storm vs. Niagara Purple Eagles - 12/9/15 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Niagara Purple Eagles (3-6) at St. John's Red Storm (5-3)
College Basketball: Wednesday, December 9, 2015 at 5:00 pm (Carnesecca Arena)
The Line: St. John's Red Storm -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
TV: FOX Sports 1
The Niagara Purple Eagles will travel to play the St. John’s Red Storm in a non-conference game on Wednesday.
The St. John’s Red Storm are 5-3 and are coming off of a win against St. Francis (BKN) by a score of 63-56. St. John’s went on a 19-0 run in the first half, which was the spark they needed to get the victory. Durand Johnson led St. John’s with 19 points and 6 rebounds. Yankuba Sima added 17 points and 10 rebounds for St. John’s. St. John’s out rebounded their opponent by a total of 45-33 and had 11 assists in their victory. St. John’s is averaging 68.8 points per game while giving up 67.6 points per game. St. John’s is also averaging 37 rebounds per game and 11.8 assists per game. Federico Mussini is averaging 14.4 and 2.9 assists per game. Durand Johnson is averaging 11.5 points per game and 4.6 rebounds per game. St. John’s is shooting 70.6% on free throws, 34.5% on three-pointers, and 42.7% on all field goal attempts. Yankuba Sima was injured last game but is probable to play in this game.
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The Niagara Purple Eagles are 3-6 and are coming off of a loss to Monmouth by a score of 56-42. Niagara only scored 15 points in the first half and got blown out from the start in this game. Emile Blackman had 14 points and 3 rebounds for Niagara. Matt Scott added 8 points and 7 rebounds for Niagara. Niagara tied their opponent in rebounding with 35 rebounds each, which having only 8 assists in their defeat. Niagara is averaging 65.3 points per game while giving up 72.9 points per game. Niagara is also averaging 36.8 rebounds per game and 11.4 assists per game. Matt Scott is averaging 16.3 points per game and 6.3 rebounds per game. Justin Satchell is averaging 10.3 points per game and 6 rebounds per game. Niagara is shooting 67.9% on free throws, 28.3% on three-pointers, and 41.4% on all field goal attempts.
Niagara is 5-1 ATS in their last 6 games against the Big East. Niagara is 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games. The over is 4-1 in Niagara’s last 5 games overall. St. John’s is 1-4 ATS in their last 5 non-conference games. St. John’s is 1-5 ATS in their last 6 Wednesday games. The under is 4-0 in St. John’s last 4 home games. The road team is 4-0 ATS in these two teams last 4 meetings.
Niagara has started the season playing poorly and I expect that to continue in this game. Niagara has struggled to score and get rebounds, which has led to the poor start. St. John’s has also had a rocky start to the season, but they do have a couple of players that will give Niagara a tough time. I expect an easy win for St. John’s here.