Check out our free St. John’s vs Iowa State pick and preview for this NCAA Basketball game in Ames. See who we like to win and cover the spread in this College Basketball matchup.

St. John’s vs Iowa State Pick & Preview: Sunday, December 4th Betting Odds

Red Storm vs Cyclones Matchup at a Glance

  • Sport: NCAAB
  • Teams: St. John’s Red Storm at Iowa State Cyclones
  • Where: Ames at Hilton Coliseum
  • Date: Sunday, December 4th
  • Betting Odds: St. John’s +5, STJOHN +174 | IOWAST -218 O/U 142.5

Red Storm Preview:

St. John’s will look to remain unbeaten in today’s matchup vs the Iowa State. Heading into play, the Red Storm’s have a record of 8-0. On the road, the Red Storm will be playing their 1st game of the season, having gone 1-0. When looking at the betting lines, St. John’s will be the betting underdog for the first time this season. Coming into the game, they are +5 point underdogs on the spread. Last season, the team went 2-11 as the betting underdog.

St. John’s will be counting on another strong performance from the team’s leading scorer David Jones who is averaging 15.88 points per game for the Red Storm. Jones 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 Red Storm’s offensive gameplan is the play of Joel Soriano who has hit 62.8% of his field goal attempts on his way to averaging 15.25 points per game.

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St. John’s comes into today’s matchup vs Iowa State, looking to continue their strong offensive play, as they are averaging 79.6 points per game. Through 8 games, they have hit 45.3% of their field goal attempts. In terms of pace, the Red Storm’s have prefered to slow the game down, ranking 207th in possessions per game.

Cyclones Preview:

Heading into today’s matchup vs St. John’s, the Iowa State Cyclones will be taking the floor for the 8th time this season and have an overall record of 6-1. So far this season, Iowa State has played 5 games at home, sitting with a record of 5-0. The Cyclones’ are sitting with a betting line that is -5 points in their favor. For the season, Iowa State has been favored to win in 4 games, sitting with a mark of 4-0.

Iowa State’s leading scorer this season is Jaren Holmes who is averaging 14.86 points per contest. So far, Holmes has accounted for 20.68% of the team’s scoring. In addition, he is contributing 3.71 rebounds per game and 3.57 assists. Caleb Grill is the second leading scorer for the Cyclones, averaging 11.0 points per game. Between him and Grill, they are accounting for 36.0% of the team’s scoring.

Offensive production has been hard to come by for Iowa State this season, as they are currently ranked 345th in college basketball at 66.5 points per game. A major reason for low scoring totals is the fact that that have played at a below average pace, and have struggled to knock down outside shots. As a team, the Cyclones’ 3-point shooting percentage sits at just 32.1%, placing them 359th in the NCAA.

Free Spread Prediction: St. John’s Red Storm +5

After running our analysis on this game, we’ve identified the best side to take on the spread. Currently, the oddsmakers have Iowa State as the favorites with a line coming in at -5. However, based on how these team’s matchup, we see this number being too high and like the St. John’s Red Storm to cover. Both team’s have knocked down the 3-point shot at a rate similar to the NCAA average this season with Iowa State at 6.72 made 3’s per game compared to St. John’s at 7.25. Look for St. John’s to put together a strong enough defensive effort to cover the spread vs the Cyclones.


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