Providence vs. St. John's - 3/3/18 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
St. John's Red Storm (15-15) at Providence Friars (18-12)
College Basketball: Saturday, March 3, 2018 at 12:00 pm (Dunkin Donuts Center)
The Line: Providence Friars -4.5 -- Over/Under: 141 See the Latest Odds
We have some Big East conference college basketball action on Saturday night as the St. John’s Red Storm take on the Providence Friars.
The St. John’s Red Storm will look to finish the year strong after a 75-68 double overtime win over Butler in their last outing. Justin Simon led St. John’s with 24 points on 9 of 16 shooting with a team-high 10 rebounds, 5 assists and 4 steals for the double-double. Bashir Ahmed came 2nd with 22 points on 7 of 14 shooting with 6 rebounds and a pair of steals while Marvin Clark II added 20 points with a pair of blocks to round out the trio of double digit scorers for the Red Storm in the win. Tariq Owens added 9 points with 8 rebounds and 3 blocks as the only other St. John’s player to score in the win, Shamorie Ponds missed the game with an abdominal injury but still leads St. John’s with an average of 21.6 points per game while Simons leads the Red Storm with an average of 7.2 rebounds and 5 assists per game this season. As a team, St. John’s is scoring 73.6 points per game on 43.4% shooting from the field, 33.2% from behind the arc and 73.7% from the foul line this season.
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The Providence Friars will be looking to end the year on a high note after losing 3 of their last 4 games, including an 84-74 loss to Xavier in their last outing. Mallek White led the team with 15 points, while Alpha Diallo and Isaiah Jackson each added 13 points with Jackson adding a team-high 7 rebounds. Makai Ashton-Langford added 11 points on 4 of 6 shooting with 15 minutes, while Kyron Cartwright added 10 points with a team-high 5 assists and 3 steals to round out the scoring in double figures for the Friars in the loss. Rodney Bullock put up just 6 points in 22 foul-plagued minutes, but still leads the Friars in scoring with 14.1 points per game while Diallo leads Providence in rebounding with 6.4 rebounds per game and Cartwright leads the Friars in assists with 5.9 assists per game this season. As a team, Providence is scoring 74.4 points per game on 44.8% shooting from the field, 34.9% from behind the arc and 69.9% from the foul line this season.
St. John’s is 3-1-1 ATS in their last 5 games following a game where they covered the spread and 1-3-1 ATS in their last 5 road games while the over is 10-1 in their last 11 games against a team with a winning record. Providence is 5-13 ATS in their last 18 home games and 2-6 ATS in their last 8 home games against a team with a losing road record while the under is 5-1 in their last 6 games following a loss. St. John’s is 5-2 ATS in the last 7 meetings between these two teams at Providence.
St. John’s has had a lot of ups and downs this season, but the Red Storm do have a win over Duke this season and just escaped with a solid win over Butler in their last outing. The Friars are a solid team that are on the bubble and need a win here, but the Red Storm are a capable group that have had a lot of success playing the Friars in their own backyard, so I’ll take the points with St. John’s in what I see being a tight affair throughout.