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St. John’s vs Xavier Pick & Preview: Saturday, February 4th Betting Odds

Red Storm vs Musketeers Matchup at a Glance

  • Sport: NCAAB
  • Teams: St. John’s Red Storm at Xavier Musketeers
  • Where: Cincinnati at Cintas Center
  • Date: Saturday, February 4th
  • Betting Odds: St. John’s +8.5, STJOHN +299 | XAV -402 O/U 164.5

Red Storm Preview:

The St. John’s Red Storm head into today’s game in what will be their 24th game of the season, posting a record of 14-9. On the road, the Red Storm will be playing their 8th game of the season, having gone 3-5. So far, the Red Storm have been the underdog 9 times, going 1-8 straight up. Heading into today’s contest, they are the +8.5 underdogs on the spread.

Joel Soriano comes into today’s game as the Red Storm’s leading scorer at 15.96 points per contest. Not only has Soriano been key to the team’s scoring efforts, but he is St. John’s’ top rebounder at 12.13 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 12.7 points per game. Overall, he has hit 41.0% of his shots and is adding 6.48 boards per game.

St. John’s comes into today’s matchup vs Xavier, looking to continue their strong offensive play, as they are averaging 79.6 points per game. Through 23 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.

Musketeers Preview:

Xavier heads into this matchup having played 23 games and have an overall record sitting at 18-5. So far this season, Xavier has played 15 games at home, sitting with a record of 13-2. At the time of this article, the oddsmakers have the Musketeers as the -8.5 point favorites. The Musketeers have been favored 16 times, going 15-1 straight up.

Xavier will be counting on another strong performance from the team’s leading scorer Souley Boum who is averaging 16.26 points per game for the Musketeers. Boum is also important to the team’s ability to score on the perimeter. So far, he leads the team in 3-point shots made. Souley Boum will be looking for additional help in the scoring deparment, as the team’s is going to be without Zach Freemantle. Through 23 games he is 2nd on the team at 15.23 points per contest. Overall, he has connected on 58.5% of his field goal attempts.

On offense, Xavier is scoring a rate similar to the NCAA average at 73.9 points per game. This figure has come despite struggling to knock down shots from outside. Through 23 games, they have only hit 32.5% of their 3-point field goal attempts. For the season, 35.68% of their shots have come from beyond the arc.

Free Spread Prediction: St. John’s Red Storm +8.5

The Xavier Musketeers will tip off their matchup over St. John’s Red Storm as the strong favorites to pick up the win with a point spread sitting at -8.5. Our analysis like’s Xavier’s chances to pull home with an easy win and cover the spread. When looking at how each team likes to play, both Xavier and St. John’s are near the NCAA average in possessions per game. We like how this scenario favors Xavier, as throughout the game their superior talent should come through in an easy win. Although the Musketeers don’t have a great track record vs the spread as the betting favorite, going 2-3 (last 5), we like their chances to come home with the ATS win.