DePaul Blue Demons vs St. John's Red Storm Prediction, 2/20/2021 College Basketball Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: DePaul Blue Demons vs St. John's Red Storm
Date: Saturday, February 20, 2021
Location: Carnesecca Arena in Queens, NY
Odds/Point Spread: DePaul (+10.5)
Carnesecca Arena is the site where and the St. John's Red Storm (14-8) will play the DePaul Blue Demons (3-10) on Saturday. DePaul opens this matchup as 10.5-point dogs. The O/U is set at 148.
DePaul will play this contest with a win-loss mark of 3-10 on the campaign. The Blue Demons are hitting 31.4% on three-point shots (72 of 229) and 65.6% from the free throw line. They average 65.2 points per outing (306th in D-1) while going 41.1% from the field. They are losing possession via turnover 15.8 times per contest and as a basketball team are committing 18.7 fouls per contest. As a unit, DePaul is pulling down 38.5 rebounds per contest and is sitting with 155 dimes this year, which is 318th in Division 1 in terms of passing the ball. When they are on defense, the Blue Demons have forced 14.7 turnovers per game and they draw 16.2 personal fouls. They are conceding 30.1% on shots from downtown while they are 169th in college basketball in opponents PPG (69.7). The Blue Demons defense is allowing a FG percentage of 41.7% (318 of 762) and they relinquish 36.8 boards per game as a unit. They currently rank 62nd in the nation in giving up assists with 178 surrendered on the season.
The DePaul Blue Demons faced off with the Seton Hall Pirates and ended up losing by a score of 60-52 in their last contest. DePaul walked away from the game having earned a 37.7% field goal percentage (23 out of 61) and converted 3 of 11 three-point shots. At the charity stripe, the Blue Demons converted 3 of their 4 shots for a percentage of 75.0%. With regard to grabbing boards, they earned 37 with 14 of them being offensive. They also recorded 6 dimes in the matchup in addition to earning 9 steals and 5 rejections. In the matter of defense, DePaul allowed the other team to shoot 37.7% from the floor on 23 of 61 shooting. Seton Hall recorded 13 dimes and had 9 steals for the matchup. Furthurmore, the Pirates snagged 33 rebounds (14 offensive, 19 defensive) and got 5 blocks. Seton Hall finished shooting 53.3% at the free throw line by making 8 of their 15 attempts. They also made 8 out of their 26 attempts from beyond the arc.
Pauly Paulicap is one player who was important in this contest. He finished with 15 points on 7 out of 10 shooting. He was on the hardwood for 25 minutes played and pulled down 10 boards. Paulicap finished the game shooting 70.0% from the floor but didn't record a dime. Someone else that came through in this contest for the Blue Demons was Kobe Elvis. He pulled down 4 rebounds and also collected 3 assists. He ended up going 46.2% from the floor for the game by shooting 6-of-13 (13 points). When the final whistle blew, Elvis played for 37 min.
St. John's has a mark of 14-8 for the season. St. John's has 1,760 pts for the season (80.0 per game) and they collect 35.8 boards per game. The Red Storm commit 18.1 fouls per game and they connect on 74.2% from the charity stripe. As an offensive team, the Red Storm are connecting on 45.8% from the floor, which is ranked 92nd in the country. Their rate of assisting teammates is at 17.0 times per game (18th in the country) and they are giving up possession 12.5 times per contest. The Red Storm defensively are ranked 303rd in college basketball in points allowed per contest with 76.7. They are forcing 16.6 turnovers on a nightly basis and allow teams to shoot 46.1% from the field (281st in the nation). The St. John's defense surrenders 34.4% on shots from beyond the perimeter (175 of 508) and opponents are knocking down 68.0% of their free throw attempts. They have relinquished 14.8 assists and 37.7 boards per game, which ranks 289th and 290th in college hoops.
When they last stepped on the hardwood, the St. John's Red Storm took home the win by a final score of 93-84 against the Xavier Musketeers. The Red Storm earned 31 defensive boards and 7 offensive boards for a total of 38 in this matchup. They stuffed 2 attempts while recording 5 steals for the game. The Musketeers were called for 16 fouls for the game which took the Red Storm to the charity stripe for a total of 18 tries. They were able to knock down 14 of those for a percentage of 77.8%. With respect to shots from beyond the perimeter, St. John's converted 11 of their 29 attempts (37.9%). Overall, the Red Storm ended up going 34 out of 66 from the field which gave them a percentage of 51.5%. The Red Storm allowed the Musketeers to make 30 of their 73 tries from the floor which left them with a rate of 41.1% in this game. They shot 27.5% from beyond the arc by shooting 11 out of 40 and finished the contest at 13 out of 16 at the free throw line (81.3%). Concerning team rebounding, St. John's allowed Xavier to collect 32 in total (8 offensive).
Julian Champagnie ended up being a major contributor for the Red Storm for the contest. He buried 6 out of 11 for the matchup giving him a field goal percentage of 54.5%, which had him sitting at 21 points. Champagnie snagged 5 rebounds in his 29 minutes and tallied 2 dimes in this matchup. Another guy that played a role for St. John's was Rasheem Dunn. He ended up finishing with 17 points in his 33 minutes played by way of 5 out of 8 shooting in this game. Dunn ended the game having shot 62.5% from the field while also earning 4 dimes and 3 total rebounds.
So what is Tonights Parlay prediction?
Parlay's Pundit's Pick: Take St. John's (-10.5) and over 148 points
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