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St. John's vs. DePaul - 1/12/19 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
DePaul at St. John's
Date & Time Saturday January 12, 2019, 6:00 PM (EST)
Location
Carnesecca Arena
Jamaica, NY
The Line
St. John's -9.5 -- Over/Under: 153.5
TV Channel
CBSSN
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The DePaul Blue Demons and the St. John’s Red Storm meet in Big East conference college basketball action from the Carnesecca Arena on Saturday evening.

The DePaul Blue Demons will be looking to build some momentum after picking up a 75-74 win over Seton Hall in their last outing. Max Strus led the Blue Demons with 21 points on 7 of 11 shooting with 5 threes and 5 assists. Jaylen Butz and Paul Reed each added 12 points and 9 rebounds with Butz shooting 5 of 7 with 3 steals and a pair of blocks while Reed added a 6 of 11 mark from the floor. Devin Gage added 11 points and a team-high 6 assists while Femi Olujobi chipped in 10 points to round out the scoring in double digits for DePaul in the win. Strus leads DePaul with an average of 18.8 points and 7.2 rebounds per game while Eli Cain leads the Blue Demons in assists with 4.2 assists per game this season. As a team, DePaul is averaging 76.7 points per game on 47.6% shooting from the field, 31.7% from behind the arc and 70.2% from the foul line this season.

The St. John’s Red Storm will look to rebound after a 76-71 loss to Villanova in their last outing. Shamorie Ponds led the Red Storm with 23 points on 7 of 17 shooting with 4 threes and 6 assists while LJ Figueroa added 14 points on 5 of 8 shooting with 4 threes of his own along with a team-high 7 rebounds. Justin Simon chipped in 13 points along with 6 rebounds and a team-high 9 assists to round out the trio of double-digit scorers for the Red Storm in the losing effort. Ponds leads the Red Storm with an average of 20.6 points and 6 assists per game while Figueroa leads St. John’s in rebounding with 6.9 rebounds per game this season. As a team, St. John’s is averaging 83.9 points per game on 48.5% shooting from the field, 40% from 3-point range and 70.7% from the foul line this season.

DePaul is 4-1 ATS in their last 5 conference games and 8-22-3 ATS in their last 33 games following a win while the over is 5-2-1 in their last 8 games overall. St. John’s is 5-0-1 ATS in their last 6 games overall and 4-1 ATS in their last 5 home games while the over is 4-1 in their last 5 games against a team with a winning record.

DePaul has had their way with St. John’s over the years, covering in 8 of the last 10 meetings with 7 of the last 10 meetings being decided by 9 points or less. The Blue Demons have actually been playing lots of close games for a while now, with their last 4 games being decided by 9 points or less. However, while DePaul got a solid win over Seton Hall last time out, St. John’s is going to pose a completely different task in Queens as the Red Storm are outscoring opponents by 18.8 points per game at home this season. I expect the Blue Demons to keep this close early but for St. John’s to pull away in the 2nd half for a win and cover here.

Pick:
St. John's -9.5

Chris has been a sports fan from when he was old enough to pick up a basketball and was a standout offensive lineman throughout high school and college. Chris uses that same instinct, determination and drive to analyze trends and statistics to find and produce winners on a consistent basis. Chris has been writing for Sports Chat Place since 2016 and covers a wide array of sports from college and pro football, college basketball, hockey and baseball.

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