Check out our free St. John’s vs DePaul pick and preview for this NCAA Basketball game in Chicago. See who we like to win and cover the spread in this College Basketball matchup.
St. John’s vs DePaul Pick & Preview: Tuesday, February 14th Betting Odds
Red Storm vs Blue Demons Matchup at a Glance
- Sport: NCAAB
- Teams: St. John’s Red Storm at DePaul Blue Demons
- Where: Chicago at Wintrust Arena
- Date: Tuesday, February 14th
- Betting Odds: St. John’s -1.5, STJOHN -125 | DEPAUL +104 O/U 155.0
Red Storm Preview:
St. John’s will take the floor against the Blue Demons with an overall record of 15-11. On the road, the Red Storm will be playing their 10th game of the season, having gone 3-7. So far, the Red Storm have been favored 14 times, going 13-1 straight up. In today’s matchup, the oddsmakers have St. John’s as -1.5 point favorites.
Joel Soriano comes into today’s game as the Red Storm’s leading scorer at 15.15 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 12.83 points per game. Overall, he has hit 40.7% of his shots and is adding 6.5 boards per game.
St. John’s comes into today’s matchup vs DePaul, looking to continue their strong offensive play, as they are averaging 79.6 points per game. Through 26 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.
Blue Demons Preview:
The DePaul Blue Demons head into today’s game in what will be their 26th game of the season, posting a record of 9-16. Currently, the Blue Demons have been the home team 12 times, sitting with a record of 7-5. So far, the Blue Demons have been the underdog 17 times, going 3-14 straight up. Heading into today’s contest, they are the +1.5 underdogs on the spread.
DePaul will be counting on another strong performance from the team’s leading scorer Umoja Gibson who is averaging 16.12 points per game for the Blue Demons. Gibson is also important to the team’s ability to score on the perimeter. So far, he leads the team in 3-point shots made. Also key to the Blue Demons’ offensive game plan is the play of Javan Johnson who has hit 42.7% of his field goal attempts on his way to averaging 14.6 points per game.
On offense, DePaul is scoring a rate similar to the NCAA average at 73.3 points per game. This figure has come despite struggling to knock down shots from outside. Through 25 games, they have only hit 31.8% of their 3-point field goal attempts. For the season, 34.31% of their shots have come from beyond the arc.
Free Spread Prediction: St. John’s Red Storm -1.5
Heading into this matchup, our NCAA betting model has identified this game as a profitable opportunity and recommends taking the St. John’s Red Storm to pick up the win and cover the spread as -1.5 point betting favorites. Although St. John’s as a team is just 135th in overall shooting percentage, we see their offense putting together a strong performance against the Blue Demons’ defense. At -1.5 we see there being plenty of value in grabbing the Red Storm to come out on top and cover.