St. John's Red Storm (6-0) at Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets (4-2)
College Basketball: Saturday, December 1, 2018 at 12:00 pm (AmericanAirlines Arena)
The Line: Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets +3.5 -- Over/Under: 142 Click to Get Latest Betting Odds
The St. John’s Red Storm and Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets will face off this Saturday afternoon at American Airlines Arena in the Air Force Reserve Hoophall Miami Invitational.
The St. John’s Red Storm stayed perfect on the season, improving to 6-0 on the year, after defeating the Maryland-Eastern Shore Hawks, 85-64, this past Tuesday. St. John’s had little trouble with the Hawks as the Red Storm easily cruised to victory after entering halftime with a commanding 52-28 lead. St. John’s shot 48.4% from the field and outrebounded Maryland-Shore by a 43-31 margin. Leading the way for the Red Storm was LJ Figueroa who had a double-double with 25 points, 13 rebounds, 2 assists, and 5 steals.
On the season, St. John’s is averaging 83.0 ppg on 46.8% shooting from the field. The Red Storm are averaging 9.7 three-pointers per game on 37.9% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, St. John’s has been led by Shamorie Ponds (20.0 ppg, 3.3 rpg, 5.2 apg, 2.7 spg), Mustapha Heron (18.2 ppg, 6.2 rpg, 2.3 apg, 1.2 spg), LJ Figueroa (15.8 ppg, 8.0 rpg, 2.5 apg, 1.7 spg), and Justin Simon (8.7 ppg, 5.5 rpg, 3.2 apg, 1.7 spg).
Defensively, St. John’s is allowing their opponents to average 71.5 ppg on 42.4% shooting from the field. The Red Storm have a rebound margin of -1.3 and a turnover margin of 6.3.
The Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets has their 3-game winning streak snapped and dropped to 4-2 on the season after being defeated by the Northwestern Huskies, 67-61, this past Wednesday night. Georgia Tech struggled offensively in the 1st half and although hey might a late run to make the score respectable, they could never recover after falling behind by a 40-20 margin at halftime. Georgia Tech shot just 37.7% from the field and 33.3% from beyond the arc in the loss. Leading the way for the Yellow Jackets was Jose Alvarado who had 24 points, 3 rebounds, 1 block, and 2 steals.
On the season, Georgia Tech is averaging 69.7 ppg on 42.6% shooting from the field. The Yellow Jackets are averaging 6.3 three-pointers per game on 32.8% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, Georgia Tech has been led by Jose Alvarado (13.7 ppg, 2.8 rpg, 3.5 apg, 2.2 spg), Brandon Alston (11.8 ppg, 2.2 rpg, 1.0 apg), Curtis Haywood II (8.8 ppg, 2.8 rpg, 2.2 apg, 1.2 spg), and Michael Devoe (8.2 ppg, 2.3 rpg, 2.0 apg, 1.8 spg).
Defensively, Georgia Tech is holding their opponents to an average of 59.0 ppg on 36.0% shooting from the field. The Yellow Jackets have a rebound margin of -1.3 and a turnover margin of 3.0.
The Red Storm are 6-1 ATS in their last 7 games vs. ACC opponents however, just 1-5 ATS in their last 6 neutral site games. The Yellow Jackers are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 games following a straight up loss and 6-1 ATS in their last 7 non-conference games.
Georgia Tech is in rebuilding mode and although they have a great defense that will keep games respectable, this is a team that is going to struggle putting points on the board and currently rank just 286th in scoring offense, T-265th in FG%, and 286th in three-pointers made. St. John’s finally has the players to be competitive in the Big East and have been solid on both ends of the court as they rank 47th in scoring offense & 11th in turnover margin. Georgia Tech’s defense at home will be tough, but I think St. John’s has enough offensive fire power led by Shamorie Ponds & Mustapha Heron to cover this small road spread.