La Salle Explorers vs St. John's Red Storm Prediction, 11/26/2020 College Basketball Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: La Salle Explorers vs St. John's Red Storm
Date: Thursday, November 26, 2020
Location: Carnesecca Arena in Jamaica, NY
Odds/Point Spread: La Salle (+10)
The St. John's Red Storm (17-15 last year) play the La Salle Explorers (15-15 last season) at Carnesecca Arena on Thursday. La Salle opens this game as 10-point dogs. The over/under opens at 143.5.
La Salle comes into this matchup after finishing with a record of 15-15 last year. They turned it over 14.7 times per contest and as a squad committed 19.5 fouls every game. As a group, La Salle collected 34.9 boards per game and earned 391 dimes last season, which was 231st in the nation in terms of passing. The Explorers shot 33.6% on shots from downtown (240 of 714) and 66.5% from the free throw line. They had an average of 68.0 points per outing (273rd in Division 1) while going 41.4% from the floor. On the defensive end of the court, the Explorers were able to force their opponents into 14.2 turnovers per game and they drew 17.8 fouls. They were 173rd in college basketball in allowing assists to the opposition with 394 surrendered last year. The Explorers defensively gave up a shooting percentage of 42.9% (716 of 1,670) and they relinquished 35.6 rebounds per contest as a group. They gave up 30.0% on 3-point shots while they were 192nd in Division 1 in PPG allowed (69.9).
The La Salle Explorers stepped onto the hardwood against the Saint Joseph's Hawks and earned the victory with a final of 78-77 the last time they played. La Salle wrapped up the game with a 47.7% FG percentage (31 out of 65) and buried 4 of 14 shots from beyond the perimeter. At the charity stripe, the Explorers converted 12 of their 18 shots for a rate of 66.7%. In the matter of grabbing rebounds, they earned 35 with 14 of them being of the offensive sort. They also dished out 15 assists for this contest in addition to earning 7 steals and 2 rejections. With respect to defense, La Salle let their opponent shoot 47.7% from the floor on 31 of 65. Saint Joseph's earned 18 assists and 3 steals in this contest. Additionally, the Hawks totaled 24 boards (3 offensive, 21 defensive) and got 2 rejections. Saint Joseph's walked away from this one shooting 80.0% from the free throw line by knocking down 12 of their 15 shots. They also made 7 of their 24 shots from distance.
Ayinde Hikim is a player who had an impact in the game. He ended up walking away with 15 points on 6 out of 12 shooting. He was on the court for 34 mins played and also collected 3 boards. Hikim finished the game shooting 50.0% from the field and also recorded 3 assists. Someone else that played big minutes in this contest for the Explorers was Christian Ray. He totaled 11 rebounds and also collected 4 assists. He finished the game shooting 62.5% from the floor for the matchup by going 5-of-8 (13 points). When all was said and done, Ray played 34 min.
St. John's had a win-loss record of 17-15 last year. As an offensive unit, the Red Storm shot 40.9% from the floor, which was ranked 316th in D-1. St. John's totaled 2,387 pts last season (74.6 per game) and they averaged 38.4 rebounds per contest. Their rate of assisting teammates was at 14.7 times per game (50th in college hoops) and they turned it over 11.2 times per contest. The Red Storm committed 18.8 fouls per contest and they connected on 70.3% from the free throw line. The Red Storm defensively were ranked 241st in college hoops in points per game surrendered with 71.6. They were able to force 16.8 TO's every game and allowed teams to shoot 41.5% from the field (92nd in college basketball). The St. John's defense allowed 31.7% on shots from beyond the arc (253 of 799) and opponents connected on 68.2% of their free throw shots. They allowed 14.1 assists and 40.9 boards per game, which was ranked 283rd and 349th in Division 1.
For their last game, the St. John's Red Storm got the victory with a final of 75-62 against the Georgetown Hoyas. The Red Storm corralled 21 defensive boards and 13 offensive boards totaling 34 in this matchup. They also blocked 2 tries while earning 16 steals for this contest. The Hoyas committed 16 fouls for this contest which took the Red Storm to the charity stripe for 19 attempts. They were able to make 15 of the free throw attempts for a percentage of 78.9%. In regard to shots from distance, St. John's buried 8 of their 26 tries (30.8%). When the final whistle blew, the Red Storm finished shooting 26 out of 69 from the floor which gave them a shooting percentage of 37.7%. The Red Storm allowed the Hoyas to make 25 out of 55 attempts from the field which left them with a rate of 45.5% for this contest. They finished shooting 24.1% from downtown by connecting on 7 of 29 and ended up going 5 of 8 from the free throw line (62.5%). In regard to how they rebounded, St. John's allowed Georgetown to pull down 35 in total (6 on the offensive glass).
Rasheem Dunn ended up playing a lot for the Red Storm for this contest. He knocked down 2 out of 10 for the matchup for a rate of 20.0%, which gave him 9 points. Dunn grabbed 6 boards in his 37 minutes and had 5 dimes in this matchup. Someone else that ended being a contributor for St. John's was LJ Figueroa. He ended up with 22 points in 32 minutes played by way of 8 out of 17 from the floor in the matchup. Figueroa ended the game having shot 47.1% from the field as well as collecting 3 assists and 3 rebounds.
So what is Tonights Parlay prediction?
Parlay's Pundit's Pick: Take St. John's (-10) and over 143.5 points
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