Xavier Musketeers at St. John´s Red Storm
Monday, February 17, 2020 at 6:30 PM (Madison Square Garden)
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The Xavier Musketeers and St. John's Red Storm meet Monday in college basketball action at Madison Square Garden.
The Xavier Musketeers need a win after splitting their last eight games. The Xavier Musketeers are averaging 70.9 points on 43.2 percent shooting and allowing 66.8 points on 40.1 percent shooting. Naji Marshall is averaging 16.2 points and 5.9 rebounds while Tyrique Jones is averaging 13.7 points and 11.1 rebounds. Paul Scruggs is the third double-digit scorer and Quentin Goodin is grabbing 2.3 rebounds. The Xavier Musketeers are shooting 30.9 percent from beyond the arc and 65.3 percent from the free throw line. The Xavier Musketeers are allowing 29.4 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 36.7 rebounds per game. The Xavier Musketeers have lost four of their last six road games.
The St. John's Red Storm need a win after losing nine of their last 12 games. The St. John's Red Storm are averaging 75.2 points on 41.2 percent shooting and allowing 70.6 points on 40.4 percent shooting. LJ Figueroa is averaging 14.9 points and 4.5 rebounds while Mustapha Heron is averaging 13.8 points and 1.6 assists. Rasheem Dunn is the third double-digit scorer and Julian Champagnie is grabbing 6.3 rebounds. The St. John's Red Storm are shooting 30.9 percent from beyond the arc and 70.6 percent from the free throw line. The St. John's Red Storm are allowing 32.1 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 35.4 rebounds per game. The St. John's Red Storm have lost four of their last six home games.
The favorite is 3-1-1 ATS in the last 5 meetings.
The Xavier Musketeers continue to be hit or miss and haven't fulfilled expectations this year, and they lose on the road by an average of two points. The Xavier Musketeers are also just 3-6-1 ATS as a single-digit favorite this season. The St. John's Red Storm hung around with Xavier in the first meeting last month, and they're a profitable 10-5-1 ATS at home while winning by an average of 9.8 points while allowing just 39.9 percent shooting from the field. This game could go either way depending on which Xavier team shows up, but I'll play the trends and lean toward the Red Storm at home.