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St. John’s vs Connecticut Pick & Preview: Sunday, January 15th Betting Odds

Red Storm vs Huskies Matchup at a Glance

  • Sport: NCAAB
  • Teams: St. John’s Red Storm at Connecticut Huskies
  • Where: Hartford at XL Center
  • Date: Sunday, January 15th
  • Betting Odds: St. John’s +14, STJOHN +700 | UCONN -1220 O/U 151.5

Red Storm Preview:

Heading into today’s matchup vs Connecticut, the St. John’s Red Storm will be taking the floor for the 19th time this season and have an overall record of 12-6. On the road, the Red Storm will be playing their 6th game of the season, having gone 2-4. So far, the Red Storm have been the underdog 6 times, going 0-6 straight up. Heading into today’s contest, they are the +14 underdogs on the spread.

Joel Soriano comes into today’s game as the Red Storm’s leading scorer at 16.39 points per contest. Not only has Soriano been key to the team’s scoring efforts, but he is St. John’s’ top rebounder at 12.0 boards per contest. Behind Soriano, the team has benefited from the strong play of David Jones, who is second on the team in scoring at 13.61 points per game. Overall, he has hit 39.7% of his shots and is adding 7.06 boards per game.

St. John’s comes into today’s matchup vs Connecticut, looking to continue their strong offensive play, as they are averaging 79.6 points per game. Through 18 games, they have hit 45.3% of their field goal attempts. In terms of pace, the Red Storm have preferred to slow the game down, ranking 207th in possessions per game.

Huskies Preview:

Connecticut heads into this matchup having played 18 games and have an overall record sitting at 15-3. Currently, the Huskies have been the home team 11 times, sitting with a record of 11-0. The Huskies’ are sitting with a betting line that is -14 points in their favor. For the season, Connecticut has been favored to win in 17 games, sitting with a mark of 14-3.

Adama Sanogo comes into today’s game as the Huskies’ leading scorer at 17.44 points per contest. Not only has Sanogo been key to the team’s scoring efforts, but he is Connecticut’s top rebounder at 6.67 boards per contest. Behind Sanogo, the team has benefited from the strong play of Jordan Hawkins, who is second on the team in scoring at 14.38 points per game. Overall, he has hit 38.5% of his shots and is adding 3.56 boards per game.

On offense, Connecticut is scoring a rate similar to the NCAA average at 75.2 points per game. This figure has come despite struggling to knock down shots from outside. Through 18 games, they have only hit 35.4% of their 3-point field goal attempts. For the season, 34.16% of their shots have come from beyond the arc.

Free Spread Prediction: St. John’s Red Storm +14

The Connecticut Huskies will begin their matchup against St. John’s Red Storm as the strong favorites to win with a point spread of -14. Our analysis favors Connecticut’s chances to pull home with an easy win and cover the spread. When considering how each team prefers to play, both Connecticut and St. John’s are near the NCAA average in possessions per game. We like how this scenario benefits Connecticut, as their superior talent should come through throughout the game in an easy win. Although the Huskies don’t have a great track record vs the spread as the betting favorite, going 1-4 (last 5), we like their chances to come home with the ATS win.

 


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