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

St. John’s vs Seton Hall Pick & Preview: Saturday, December 31st Betting Odds

Red Storm vs Pirates Matchup at a Glance

  • Sport: NCAAB
  • Teams: St. John’s Red Storm at Seton Hall Pirates
  • Where: Newark at Prudential Center
  • Date: Saturday, December 31st
  • Betting Odds: St. John’s +4, STJOHN +149 | SETON -185 O/U 145.0

Red Storm Preview:

Heading into today’s matchup vs Seton Hall, the St. John’s Red Storm will be taking the floor for the 15th time this season and have an overall record of 11-3. On the road, the Red Storm will be playing their 4th game of the season, having gone 2-2. So far, the Red Storm have been the underdog 3 times, going 0-3 straight up. Heading into today’s contest, they are the +4 underdogs on the spread.

Joel Soriano comes into today’s game as the Red Storm’s leading scorer at 15.29 points per contest. Not only has Soriano been key to the team’s scoring efforts, but he is St. John’s’ top rebounder at 12.29 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 14.93 points per game. Overall, he has hit 40.7% of his shots and is adding 7.64 boards per game.

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St. John’s comes into today’s matchup vs Seton Hall, looking to continue their strong offensive play, as they are averaging 79.6 points per game. Through 14 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.

Pirates Preview:

Seton Hall heads into this matchup having played 14 games and have an overall record sitting at 7-7. Currently, the Pirates have been the home team 9 times, sitting with a record of 5-4. The Pirates’ are sitting with a betting line that is -4 points in their favor. For the season, Seton Hall has been favored to win in 8 games, sitting with a mark of 4-4.

Seton Hall will be counting on another strong performance from the team’s leading scorer Al-Amir Dawes who is averaging 10.57 points per game for the Pirates. Dawes 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 Pirates’ offensive gameplan is the play of Tyrese Samuel who has hit 55.7% of his field goal attempts on his way to averaging 10.21 points per game.

On offense, Seton Hall is scoring a rate similar to the NCAA average at 72.9 points per game. This figure has come despite struggling to knock down shots from outside. Through 14 games, they have only hit 34.0% of their 3-point field goal attempts. For the season, 35.82% of their shots have come from beyond the arc.

Free Spread Prediction: St. John’s Red Storm +4

After running our analysis on this game, we’ve identified the best side to take on the spread. Currently, the oddsmakers have Seton Hall as the favorites with a line coming in at -4. 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 Seton Hall at 7.35 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 Pirates.

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