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California vs. St. John's - 11/19/18 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
St. John's Red Storm (3-0) at California Golden Bears (1-1)
Date & Time Monday November 19, 2018, 7:00 PM (EST)
The Line
The Line: California Golden Bears +13.5 -- Over/Under:
TV Channel
ESPN2
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NCAA BB | St. John's Red Storm (3-0) at California Golden Bears (1-1)
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The St. John's Red Storm and California Golden Bears meet Monday in the college basketball GotPrint.com Legends Classic at the Barclays Center.

The St. John's Red Storm look for a statement win here to build on their 3-0 record. The St. John's Red Storm are averaging 81.3 points on 45.8 percent shooting and allowing 66.7 points on 39.5 percent shooting. Mustapha Heron is averaging 22.7 points and 6.3 rebounds while Shamorie Ponds is averaging 16.3 points and 4.3 assists. LJ Figueroa is the third double-digit scorer and Marvin Clark II is grabbing four rebounds. The St. John's Red Storm are shooting 41.6 percent from beyond the arc and 69.1 percent from the free throw line. The St. John's Red Storm are allowing 34.4 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 31.7 rebounds per game. The St. John's Red Storm have split their last six non-home games.

The California Golden Bears could use a big win here to get a game above a .500 record. The California Golden Bears are averaging 69.5 points on 42.7 percent shooting and allowing 71 points on 38.2 percent shooting. Paris Austin is averaging 19 points and four assists while Justice Sueing is averaging 13 points and 6.5 rebounds. Matt Bradley is the third double-digit scorer and Andre Kelly is grabbing 8.5 rebounds. The California Golden Bears are shooting 41.7 percent from beyond the arc and 69.5 percent from the free throw line. The California Golden Bears are allowing 28.6 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 30.5 rebounds per game. The California Golden Bears have lost 10 straight non-home games.

The Red Storm are 4-1-1 ATS in their last 6 games following a ATS win, 2-7 ATS in their last 9 neutral site games and 1-4 ATS in their last 5 vs. Pacific-12. The Golden Bears are 11-2 ATS in their last 13 Monday games, 0-4 ATS in their last 4 neutral site games and 2-5 ATS in their last 7 games overall. The under is 19-7-1 in Golden Bears last 27 overall and the under is 4-0 in Red Storm last 4 Monday games.

The St. John's Red Storm are the better team and are basically at home in Brooklyn, but this is a lot of points to lay in a tournament game where Cal should bring its best in hopes of getting a season changing victory. Cal is also well rested for this contest after its game against Detroit Mercy was cancelled. I'm just not into laying steep numbers this early in the season, especially in tournament play where both teams bring it.

Pick:
California Golden Bears +13.5

Randy Chambers has been with Sports Chat Place since 2014 and covers everything from the NFL to WNBA and tennis. Nobody works harder in this business in terms of content produced and amount of sports covered. Formerly a lead college football writer with Bleacher Report and has had his work featured at Fox Sports, CBS Sports and various other outlets.

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