Check out our free Villanova vs St. John’s pick and preview for this NCAA Basketball game in New York. See who we like to win and cover the spread in this College Basketball matchup.
Villanova vs St. John’s Pick & Preview: Friday, January 20th Betting Odds
Wildcats vs Red Storm Matchup at a Glance
- Sport: NCAAB
- Teams: Villanova Wildcats at St. John’s Red Storm
- Where: New York at Madison Square Garden
- Date: Friday, January 20th
- Betting Odds: Villanova +4, VILL +149 | STJOHN -185 O/U 150.0
Villanova heads into this matchup having played 19 games and have an overall record sitting at 9-10. So far, the Wildcats have played 9 games on the road, with a record of 3-6. For the season, Villanova has been the underdog in 2 games, sitting with a mark of 0-2. Currently, the oddsmakers have the lines set with the Wildcats being +4 point underdogs.
Villanova will be counting on another strong performance from the team’s leading scorer Caleb Daniels who is averaging 16.63 points per game for the Wildcats. Daniels 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 Wildcats’ offensive game plan is the play of Eric Dixon who has hit 52.0% of his field goal attempts on his way to averaging 16.26 points per game.
Coming into today’s game, Villanova will be looking from some improved play from their offense. Currently, the Wildcats are ranked 158th at 72.6 points per game. A major reason for their low scoring mumbers is the fact that they tend to work the clock on offense. This year, they are the 662nd ranked team in terms of pace. When looking at their 3-point shooting numbers, Villanova is close to the NCAA average at 35.9%.
Red Storm Preview:
St. John’s will take the floor against the Wildcats with an overall record of 13-6. So far this season, St. John’s has played 12 games at home, sitting with a record of 10-2. At the time of this article, the oddsmakers have the Red Storm as the -4 point favorites. The Red Storm have been favored 12 times, going 12-0 straight up.
Joel Soriano comes into today’s game as the Red Storm’s leading scorer at 16.53 points per contest. Not only has Soriano been key to the team’s scoring efforts, but he is St. John’s’ top rebounder at 12.05 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 13.0 points per game. Overall, he has hit 39.3% of his shots and is adding 6.74 boards per game.
St. John’s comes into today’s matchup vs Villanova, looking to continue their strong offensive play, as they are averaging 79.6 points per game. Through 19 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.
Free Spread Prediction: St. John’s Red Storm -4
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 -4 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 Wildcats’ defense. At -4 we see there being plenty of value in grabbing the Red Storm to come out on top and cover.
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