St. John's Red Storm (11-1) vs. Villanova Wildcats (6-5)
December 21, 2022 6:30 pm EDT
The Line: Villanova Wildcats -4.5 / St. John's Red Storm +4.5; Over/Under: +147
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The St. John’s Red Storm and Villanova Wildcats meet Wednesday in college basketball action at the Finneran Pavilion. The St. John’s Red Storm look for their 12th win. The Villanova Wildcats look for their seventh win.
The St. John’s Red Storm are averaging 80.9 points on 47.1 percent shooting and allowing 67.6 points on 40.8 percent shooting. Joel Soriano is averaging 15.3 points and 12.6 rebounds, while David Jones is averaging 15.1 points and 2 assists. Andre Curbelo is the third double-digit scorer and Montez Mathis is dishing 0.7 assists. The St. John’s Red Storm are shooting 31.3 percent from beyond the arc and 71.1 percent from the free throw line. The St. John’s Red Storm are allowing 31.5 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 39.3 rebounds per game.
The Villanova Wildcats are averaging 71 points on 43.6 percent shooting and allowing 67.5 points on 44.2 percent shooting. Caleb Daniels is averaging 15.9 points and 5.1 rebounds, while Eric Dixon is averaging 15.9 points and 6.1 rebounds. Cam Whitmore is the third double-digit scorer and Brandon Slater is dishing 1.7 assists. The Villanova Wildcats are shooting 34.3 percent from beyond the arc and 82.3 percent from the free throw line. The Villanova Wildcats are allowing 35.9 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 29.1 rebounds per game.
The Red Storm are 8-3 ATS in their last 11 road games and 4-1 ATS in their last 5 Wednesday games. The Wildcats are 1-5 ATS in their last 6 home games and 3-9 ATS in their last 12 games overall. The under is 3-1-1 in Red Storm last 5 road games. The over is 6-2 in Wildcats last 8 overall. The underdog is 5-1 ATS in the last 6 meetings.
The Villanova Wildcats are going to get the benefit of the doubt at home, but the bottom line is this team isn’t nearly as talented as past years. The St. John’s Red Storm still have to prove they can win on the road, but there’s no question they’ve been the better team through 12 games, and they’re winning their last 5 games by an average of 12.4 points. We’re getting the better team and free buckets. Give me St. John’s and the buckets.