DePaul Blue Demons (1-2) at St. John's Red Storm (6-4)
College Basketball: Saturday, January 2, 2021 at 12:00 pm (Carnesecca Arena)
The Line: St. John's Red Storm -4 -- Over/Under: 159 Click to Get Latest Betting Odds
The DePaul Blue Demons and the St. John’s Red Storm meet in college basketball action from Carnesecca Arena on Saturday afternoon.
The DePaul Blue Demons will try to rebound from back-to-back losses after an 82-61 loss to UConn last time out. Darious Hall led DePaul with 14 points on 5 of 8 shooting with 8 rebounds while Nick Ongenda added 13 points with 8 rebounds as the only other double-digit scorer for DePaul in the losing effort. Charlie Moore added 8 points with 4 assists while Pauly Paulicap had 3 blocks for the Blue Demons. Moore leads DePaul in scoring and assists with 16.3 points and 5.3 assists per game while Hall leads the Blue Demons on the glass with 8 rebounds per game this season. As a team, DePaul is averaging 80.7 points on 48.5% shooting from the field, 39.3% from 3-point range and 68.6% from the foul line while allowing opposing teams to average 83 points on 42.9% shooting from the field and 31% from 3-point range this season.
The St. John’s Red Storm wull look to build off of their first Big East conference win of the season after a 94-83 win over Georgetown last time out. Greg Williams Jr. led the Red Storm with 26 points on 7 of 12 shooting with 4 threes while Justin Champagnie added 20 points on 6 of 12 shooting with 4 triples and a team-high 9 rebounds with 4 assists, a pair of steals and a pair of blocks. Vince Cole added 17 points on 5 of 11 shooting with 3 threes while Isaih Moore added 12 points on 5 of 7 shooting and Posh Alexander added 10 points with 3 steals to finish off the scoring in double digits for St. John’s in the win. Champagnie leads St. John’s in scoring and rebounding with 20.3 points and 7.5 rebounds per game while Alexander leads the Red Storm in assists with 4.2 assists per game this season. As a team, St. John’s is averaging 82.6 points on 46.2% shooting from the field, 33.3% from 3-point range and 74.1% from the foul line while allowing opposing teams to average 80.3 points on 48.9% shooting from the field and 39.6% from 3-point range.
DePaul is 2-6 ATS in their last 8 road games and 1-4 ATS in their last 5 Saturday games while the over is 4-1 in their last 5 games overall. St. John’s is 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games overall and 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games against a team with a winning percentage below .400 while the over is 10-1 in their last 11 home games. The underdog is 11-5-1 ATS in the last 17 meetings between these two teams.
I think you could make a case for either side here as DePaul’s got some talent with the likes of Charlie Moore in the roster while St. John’s has Justin Champagnie and Posh Alexander. All in all, I just think that Depaul’s got slightly more depth within their team and I just don’t think we’re getting enough points to take a stab at DePaul here. I think St. John’s wins this game by 5-7 points, so I’ll lay the buckets with the Red Storm in this one.