The St. John’s Red Storm will travel to Capital One Arena to take on the Georgetown Hoyas this Saturday afternoon in College Basketball action.
The St. John’s Red Storm bounced back from their first loss of the season agianst Seton Hall, to upset the 16th ranked Marquette Golden Eagles, 89-69, to improve to 13-1 (1-1 Big East) on the season. St. John’s led by a 39-31 margin at halftime and was able to easily pull away for the victory after a 9-2 Red Storm run gave St. John’s a 72-52 lead with 7:45 left in regulation. St. John’s shot 53.6% from the field and 45.8% from beyond the arc in the victory. Leading the way for the Red Storm was Shamorie Ponds who had 26 points, 7 rebounds, 5 assists, & 2 steals.
On the season, St. John’s is averaging 83.9 ppg on 48.6% shooting from the field. The Red Storm are averaging 9.9 three-pointers per game on 40.2% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, St. John’s has been led by Shamorie Ponds (19.2 ppg, 4.8 rpg, 6.0 apg, 2.6 spg), Mustapha Heron (15.9 ppg, 5.3 rpg, 2.1 apg, 1.3 spg), LJ Figueroa (14.6 ppg, 6.7 rpg, 1.7 apg, 1.7 spg), and Marvin Clark II (13.2 ppg, 5.4 rpg, 1.6 apg, 1.0 spg).
Defensively, St. John’s is allowing their opponents to average 70.3 ppg on 41.4% shooting from the field. The Red Storm have a rebound margin of -1.5 and a turnover margin of 5.6.
The Georgetown Hoyas won their 4th straight game and improved to 11-3 (1-0 Big East) on the season after defeating the Butler Bulldogs, 84-76, this past Wednesday. Georgetown, who were 10-point underdogs going into the game, held the lead for the majority of the game and pulled away after taking a 79-64 lead with just 2:32 left in regulation. Georgetown shot 52.9% from the field & 54.5% from beyond the arc in the victory. Leading the way for the Hoyas was Greg Malinowski who had 26 points, 7 rebounds, 4 assits, and a steal.
On the season, Georgetown is averaging 85.5 ppg on 46.1% shooting from the field. The Hoyas are averaging 8.1 three-pointers per game on 36.2% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, Georgetown has been led by Jessie Govan (18.2 ppg, 7.4 rpg, 1.5 apg, 1.1 bpg), James Akinjo (14.0 ppg, 2.6 rpg, 4.4 apg), Mac McClung (12.3 ppg, 1.8 rpg, 1.8 apg), and Josh LeBlanc (9.9 ppg, 7.7 rpg, 1.1 apg, 1.3 spg, 1.3 bpg).
Defensively, Georgetown is allowing their opponents to average 75.5 ppg on 42.2% shooting from the field. The Hoyas have a rebound margin of 5.4 and a turnover margin of -0.8.
The Red Storm are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 games overall and 5-1 ATS in their last 6 games vs. Big East opponents. The Hoyas are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games following a straight up win however, are just 5-14 ATS in their last 19 games overall.
St. John’s have been outstanding this season, especially on the offensive end as they come into this game ranked 25th in scoring offense, 38th in FG%, and 13th in 3P FG%. The Red Storm can struggle a bit on the boards as they rank just T-254th in rebound margin, however, the defense does a nice job creating turnovers as they average 9.1 spg. Georgetown has put together a nice winning streak and although their defense is ranked just 261st in scoring defense, the offensive has been solid as they rank 35th in scoring offense & 24th in assists per game. St. John’s generally doesn’t play to the same level when they are on the road and although their 3-1 in their last 4 road games, those three victories came by just an average of 2.3 points. Georgetown has the athleticism to match-up with St. John’s and between the fact that the Hoyas are home and getting points, I think Georgetown is the play here.