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St. John's vs. Princeton - 12/9/18 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Princeton Tigers (4-3) at St. John's Red Storm (8-0)
Date & Time Sunday December 9, 2018, 1:00 PM (EST)
The Line
The Line: St. John's Red Storm -12.5 -- Over/Under: 146
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NCAA BB | Princeton Tigers (4-3) at St. John's Red Storm (8-0)
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The Princeton Tigers and the St. John’s Red Storm meet in college basketball action from Madison Square Garden on Sunday afternoon.

The Princeton Tigers will be looking for a bounce-back performance after a 92-82 loss to St. Joseph’s in their last outing. Devin Cannady led the Tigers with 23 points on 7 of 13 shooting with 6 threes while Richmond Aririguzoh added 14 points and Jose Morales chipped in 13 points with a team-high 6 assists and a pair of steals. Jerome Desrosiers added 12 points on 4 of 9 shooting with 3 threes and a team-high 8 rebounds to round out the quartet of double-digit scorers for Princeton in the losing effort. Cannady leads Princeton in scoring with 21.8 points per game while Myles Stephens leads the Tigers in rebounding with 6.1 rebounds per game and Ryan Schwieger leads Princeton with 1.9 assists per game this season. As a team, Princeton is averaging 70.9 points per game on 41.8% shooting from the field, 32.2% from behind the arc and 74.4% from the foul line this season.

The St. John’s Red Storm will look to remain unbeaten and improve on their 8-0 record to start the year after an 85-71 win over Mount St. Mary’s in their last outing. Marvin Clark II led the Red Storm with 21 points on 8 of 11 shooting with 4 threes while Mustapha Heron added 17 points and Justin Simon chipped in 14 points with a share of the team-high with 7 assists. LJ Figueroa added 13 points and a team-high 11 rebounds for the double-double while Shamorie Ponds chipped in 11 points and 7 assists of his own to round out the scoring in double figures for St. John’s in the win. Ponds leads St. John’s with an average of 21 points and 4.9 assists per game while Figueroa leads the Red Storm in rebounding with 7.6 rebounds per game this season. As a team, St. John’s is averaging 82.4 points per game on 47% shooting from the field, 38.2% from the 3-point line and 73.3% from the foul line this season.

Princeton is 5-12 ATS in their last 17 games overall and 0-6 ATS in their last 6 games against a team with a winning record while the under is 4-0-1 in their last 5 neutral site games. St. John’s is 0-5 ATS in their last 5 games overall and 0-4 ATS in their last 4 neutral site games while the over is 5-0 in their last 5 non-conference games.

St. John’s is off to another strong start and only time will tell if the Red Storm can keep it up. However, the Red Storm have failed to cover a double-digit spread this season, and Princeton is certainly capable of keeping this game within single digits, so I’ll take a shot with Princeton and the points in this one.

Princeton +12.5

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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