St. John's vs Xavier NCAA Basketball Tips 1/5/2020
Game: St. John's Red Storm vs Xavier Musketeers
Date: Sunday, January 5, 2020
Location: Cintas Center in Cincinnati, OH
Odds/Point Spread: Xavier -2
The St. John's Red Storm travel to Cintas Center to play the Xavier Musketeers on Sunday, January 5, 2020. The opening line for this matchup has Xavier as 2 point favorites.
St. John's heads into this matchup with a mark of 11-3. They currently have a point differential of 11.9 as they are averaging 78.2 points per contest while giving up 66.3 per game. Xavier has an overall mark of 11-3. They are averaging 72.6 points per contest and giving up 64.0, which is a point differential of 8.6.
Valuable St. John's Red Storm Betting Trends
The St. John's Red Storm are 9-4-1 against the spread
The St. John's Red Storm are 4-10-0 against the over/under
Important Xavier Musketeers Betting Trends
The Xavier Musketeers are 4-8-2 against the spread
The Xavier Musketeers are 6-8-0 against the over/under
Key St. John's Red Storm Injuries
01/04/20 G Mustapha Heron Ankle is questionable Sunday vs Xavier
Key Xavier Musketeers Injuries
01/04/20 F Daniel Ramsey Knee is out Sunday vs St. Johns
01/04/20 G Kyky Tandy Illness is questionable Sunday vs St. Johns
LJ Figueroa averages 14.4 points per game in 26.9 minutes per contest. He averages 2.2 assists per contest and 4.9 rebounds per game. His field goal percentage is 38% for the year while his free throw percentage is 70%. Mustapha Heron comes into this contest averaging 15.2 points per game while playing 25.2 minutes per night. He pulls down 2.1 rebounds per game and dishes out 1.7 assists per game as well. His field goal percentage is 45% while his free throw percentage is at 78%.
Paul Scruggs averages 14.5 points per game and he sees the court an average of 33.8 minutes per contest. He also averages 4.2 rebounds per contest and 2.5 assists per game. His field goal percentage is 51% and his free throw percentage is 85%. Naji Marshall averages 16.4 points per game while playing 33.6 minutes per contest. He grabs 5.6 rebounds per game and has 3.3 assists per contest on the year. His field goal percentage is 45% and his free throw percentage is at 69%.
Useful Team Statistics
The Red Storm allow 66.3 points per game to their opponents which ranks them 124th in Division 1. They also allow a 38% shooting percentage and a 31% average from behind the arc, ranking them 26th and 102nd in those defensive categories. Opponents average 39.5 rebounds a game which ranks 329th, and they give up 12.7 assists per contest which puts them in 198th place in the NCAA. They force 18.4 turnovers per game which ranks them 337th in the nation. St. John's averages 78.2 points per contest this season, which ranks them 57th in the country. Their average scoring margin is 11.9 and their shooting percentage is 42% as a team, which has them ranked 256th. Behind the arc they shoot 31% which is good for 290th in D-1. They average 41.7 rebounds per game and 14.6 assists per contest, which ranks them 16th and 99th in those offensive categories. In the turnover department they rank 256th with 12.6 per game.
Useful Team Statistics
The Musketeers surrender 64.0 points per contest, which ranks them 73rd in the NCAA. Their defense allows a 39% shooting percentage and a 29% average from 3-point range, ranking them 45th and 42nd in those defensive statistics. They rank 55th with 10.6 assists allowed per contest, and 180th with 35.3 rebounds surrendered per game. The Musketeers are 247th in Division 1 in forcing turnovers with 15.2 per game. Xavier is 162nd in the country with 72.6 points per game this year. They are 165th in the D-1 in shooting at 44%, while their average scoring margin is 8.6. They shoot 29% from 3-point range, which is good for 318th in the nation. They are 57th in the country in rebounding with 39.4 boards per game and 117th in assists per contest with 14.4. The Musketeers are 125th in turnovers per game with 14.3.
The Red Storm are 143rd in the nation in offensive rating with 103.5. In terms of pace they are 19th in the country with 75.6 possessions per 40 minutes, and their effective field goal percentage of 47% is 298th. As a team they are 283rd in college basketball in true shooting percentage with 51% and they shoot 3-pointers on 30% of their shots, ranking 325th in Division 1. St. John's is 328th in turnovers, as they turn the ball over an average of 14.1 times per 100 possessions.
Xavier is 157th in the country in turnovers, as they turn the ball over an average of 17 times per 100 possessions. The Musketeers have an offensive rating of 100.9, which is ranked 199th. They are 185th in D-1 in pace with 70.2 possessions per 40 minutes, and their eFG% of 49% is 212th. As a unit they are 228th in college basketball in true shooting percentage with 52% and they shoot 3-pointers on 34% of their shot attempts, ranking 247th in the country.
Who will win tonight's St. John's/Xavier college basketball game against the spread?
Josh's Pick: Take Xavier -2
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