DePaul Blue Demons vs St. John's Red Storm Prediction, 1/2/2021 College Basketball Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: DePaul Blue Demons vs St. John's Red Storm
Date: Saturday, January 2, 2021
Location: Carnesecca Arena in Queens, NY
Odds/Point Spread: DePaul (+3)
The DePaul Blue Demons (1-2) head to Carnesecca Arena on Saturday where they'll meet the St. John's Red Storm (6-4). The odds on this matchup have St. John's as 3-point favorites. The over/under opens at 160.5.
DePaul will enter this matchup with a mark of 1-2 so far this season. They are averaging 80.7 points per outing (60th in Division 1) while hitting 48.5% from the floor. The Blue Demons are hitting 39.3% on shots from downtown (24 of 61) and 68.6% from the free throw line. As a team, DePaul is grabbing 38.3 rebounds per contest and has 51 assists on the campaign, which ranks 308th in Division 1 in terms of passing the ball. They lose possession by turning the ball over 17.7 times per contest and as a team they are committing 19.0 fouls on a nightly basis. On the defensive end, the Blue Demons are forcing 15.0 turnovers per game and they draw 14.7 fouls. They are ranked 22nd in college basketball in giving up assists to the opposition with 44 conceded so far this year. The Blue Demons are giving up a field goal percentage of 42.9% (90 of 210) and they surrender 40.3 boards per contest as a basketball team. They relinquish 31.0% on shots from beyond the arc while they are 320th in D-1 in points per game allowed (83.0).
The DePaul Blue Demons played the Connecticut Huskies and walked away from this one with a loss by a score of 82-61 in their last game. DePaul ended with a 38.1% field goal percentage (24 out of 63) and converted 4 of their 17 shots from beyond the perimeter. From the free throw line, the Blue Demons knocked down 9 of 14 shots for a rate of 64.3%. Regarding getting rebounds, they compiled a total of 30 with 14 of them being of the offensive sort. They also recorded 11 assists for this game in addition to getting 4 steals and 5 blocks. With regard to defense, DePaul allowed 38.1% from the floor on 24 out of 63 shooting. Connecticut doled out 14 assists and had 5 steals for the game. Furthurmore, the Huskies totaled 41 rebounds (14 offensive, 27 defensive) and earned 5 blocked shots. Connecticut finished the game at 71.4% from the charity stripe by making 15 of 21 attempts. They also knocked down 7 of their 17 attempts from 3-point range.
Darious Hall is one guy who was a factor in the game. He notched 14 points on 5 out of 8 shooting. He played for 22 mins played and also grabbed 8 rebounds. Hall finished the contest at 62.5% from the field and dished out 2 dimes. An additional guy that was a factor in the matchup for the Blue Demons was Nick Ongenda. He collected 8 boards and also had 2 assists. He finished 66.7% from the field for the contest by shooting 4-of-6 (13 points). When the final whistle was blown, Ongenda played for 26 minutes.
St. John's has a win-loss mark of 6-4 on the season. St. John's has accumulated 826 pts on the season (82.6 per contest) and they grab 36.3 rebounds per game. The Red Storm are committing 18.8 fouls per game and they shoot 74.1% from the free throw line. When it comes to offensive execution, the Red Storm are connecting on 46.2% from the floor, which has them ranked 131st in college basketball. They are dishing out assists 18.0 times per contest (29th in the nation) and they are turning it over 13.3 times per contest. The Red Storm on defense are ranked 308th in the nation in PPG given up with 80.3. They have forced 18.2 turnovers on a nightly basis and have let teams shoot 48.9% from the field (315th in D-1). The St. John's defense allows 39.6% on 3-pointers (93 of 235) and opponents are knocking down 67.4% of their foul shots. They give up 15.0 assists and 35.8 boards per contest, which ranks 268th and 193rd in those categories on the defensive end.
The last time they took the court, the St. John's Red Storm walked away with a victory by a final of 94-83 when they faced the Georgetown Hoyas. The Red Storm collected 27 defensive rebounds and 8 offensive rebounds totaling 35 for the contest. They stuffed 7 shots while earning 8 steals for this game. The Hoyas were called for 18 fouls for the game which took the Red Storm to the charity stripe for 26 shots. They were able to bury 21 of those for a rate of 80.8%. Regarding shots from distance, St. John's knocked down 13 of 29 tries (44.8%). When all was said and done, the Red Storm shot 30 for 63 from the floor which gave them a shooting percentage of 47.6%. The Red Storm allowed the Hoyas to knock down 27 of 62 tries from the floor which left them shooting 43.5% in this matchup. They wrapped up this game 38.5% from beyond the perimeter by connecting on 10 out of 26 and walked away from this one shooting 19 out of 26 from the free throw line (73.1%). Regarding how they attacked the glass, St. John's permitted Georgetown to collect 34 overall (7 offensive).
Greg Williams was important for the Red Storm in this matchup. He converted 7 out of 12 for this game giving him a rate of 58.3%, which had him finishing with 26 points. Williams pulled down 3 boards in his 34 mins played and had 2 dimes in this contest. An additional guy who was a determining factor for St. John's was Julian Champagnie. He left the arena with 20 points in his 29 minutes played by way of 6 out of 12 from the floor for the matchup. Champagnie walked away from this one going 50.0% from the floor while totaling 4 assists and 9 boards.
Who will win tonight's college basketball game against the spread?
Josh Schonwald's Pick: Take DePaul (+3)
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