St. John's vs. Delaware State - 11/29/16 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Delaware State Hornets (1-5) at St. John's Red Storm (2-4)
College Basketball: Tuesday, November 29, 2016 at 6:30 pm (Carnesecca Arena)
The Line: St. John's Red Storm -23.5 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
The Delaware State Hornets will travel to Carnesecca Arena to take on the St. John’s Red Storm this Tuesday night in College Basketball action.
The Delaware State Hornets lost their 5th consecutive game and dropped to 1-5 on the season after being defeated by the Montana State Bobcats, 91-66, this past Saturday. Delaware State went into halftime with a 36-34 lead however, allowed the Montana State to open the 2nd half on 13-0 run and was basically down by double-digits for the remainder of the game. Delaware State struggled defensively as they allowed the Bobcats to shoot 50.9% from the field and 48.6% (17-35) from beyond the arc. Leading the way for the Hornets was Kavon Walker who had 17 points and 5 rebounds. On the season, Delaware State is averaging 73.0 ppg on 44.8% shooting from the field. The Hornets are averaging 8.7 three-pointers per game on 40.6% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, Delaware State has been led by DeAndre Haywood (15.2 ppg, 2.7 rpg, 1.3 apg, 1.3 spg), Kavon Walker (12.0 ppg, 4.0 rpg, 1.0 apg), Devin Morgan (11.3 ppg, 1.8 rpg, 3.7 apg), and DeVaughn Mallory (7.7 ppg, 6.3 rpg). Defensively, Delaware State is allowing their opponents to average 79.0 ppg on 45.2% shooting from the field. The Hornets have struggled on the boards as they currently have a rebound margin of -6.0 which ranks 316th in College Basketball.
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The St. John’s Red Storm lost their 4th straight game and dropped to 2-4 on the season after being defeated by the Old Dominion Monarchs, 63-55, this past Friday. Old Dominion ended the 1st half on a 16-5 run to take a 30-24 halftime lead and St. John’s couldn’t fight back after falling behind by a 51-35 margin midway through the 2nd half. St. John’s shot just 34.0% from the field and was outrebounded by the Monarchs by a 54-34 margin. Leading the way for the Red Storm was Marcus LoVett who had 16 points and 4 rebounds. On the season, St. John’s is averaging 74.8 ppg on 40.9% shooting from the field. The Red Storm are averaging 8.8 three-pointers per game on 37.1% three-point shooting. Offensively, St. John’s has been led by Marcus LoVett (19.8 ppg, 4.5 rpg, 4.0 apg), Shamorie Ponds (15.3 ppg, 5.7 rpg, 2.2 apg), Bashir Ahmed (10.3 ppg, 5.5 rpg, 1.2 apg), Yankuba Sima (7.8 ppg, 4.3 rpg). Defensively, St. John’s is allowing their opponents to average 69.5 ppg on 38.2% shooting from the field. St. John’s has done a nice job protecting the line as the Red Storm are averaging 6.8 bpg which ranks 10th in College Basketball.
The Hornets are 3-7 ATS in their last 10 non-conference games and 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games following a straight up loss. The Red Storm are 2-5 ATS in their last 7 games following a straight up loss and 1-8-1 ATS in their last 10 home games vs. a team with a losing road record.
Delaware State has struggled on both sides of the ball early this season however, the Hornets do have a talented backcourt in DeAndre Haywood and Kavon Walker. St. John’s finished last season with a 8-24 record and although they have brought in some young talent and have played well on the defensive end, this will be another rebuilding year for the Red Storm. St. John’s is clearly the better team here however, I just can’t trust St. John’s to be able to cover this many points. I’m taking Delaware State and the points.