Kansas Jayhawks vs St. John's Red Storm Prediction, 12/3/2021 College Basketball Picks, Best Bets & Odds
Game: Kansas Jayhawks vs St. John's Red Storm
Date: Friday, December 3, 2021
Location: UBS Arena in Elmont, NY
The Kansas Jayhawks (5-1) are on their way to UBS Arena on Friday where they will attempt to defeat the St. John's Red Storm (5-1).
The Kansas Jayhawks took the court against Iona and went home with a win by a final score of 96-83 in their last contest. Regarding personal fouls, the Jayhawks walked away with 20 and Iona totaled 18 personal fouls. They also made 11 of their 22 tries from three-point range. Iona finished the game at 76.9% when shooting free throws by burying 20 of their 26 attempts. Moreover, Iona snagged 22 rebounds (7 offensive, 15 defensive), but couldn't earn a rejection. Iona earned 11 assists and had 5 steals for the contest. Regarding defense, Kansas allowed their opponent to shoot 52.0% from the field on 26 of 50 shooting. They also recorded 22 assists in this game in addition to forcing the other team into 18 turnovers and having 10 steals. In reference to grabbing rebounds, they collected 36 with 16 of them being offensive. From the free throw line, the Jayhawks knocked down 12 of their 19 shots for a percentage of 63.2%. Kansas finished the contest having earned a 54.9% field goal percentage (39 of 71) and converted 6 of 14 shots from downtown.
Christian Braun is a guy who was a major factor in the matchup. He finished shooting 53.3% from the floor and also dished out 4 assists. He played for 34 minutes and also snagged 7 rebounds. He notched 18 points on 8 of 15 shooting.
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Kansas will play this game with a record of 5-1 so far this year. They have an average of 83.8 points per contest (18th in Division 1) while going 52.1% from the field. The Jayhawks are hitting 36.6% on shots from downtown (41 of 112) and 66.1% from the free throw line. As a team, Kansas is pulling in 34.2 boards per contest and has accumulated 102 assists on the season, which ranks 157th in Division 1 in terms of passing the rock. They are giving up possession 10.0 times per contest and as a basketball team are committing 15.2 fouls per contest.
Defensively, the Jayhawks are forcing their opponents into 14.7 turnovers per contest while drawing 16.8 fouls. They currently rank 33rd in college basketball in allowing assists to the opposition with 61 surrendered on the year. The Jayhawks defense is allowing an opponent shooting percentage of 44.5% (153 of 344) and they concede 29.3 boards per contest as a squad. They surrender 32.2% on shots from beyond the perimeter and they are 181st in D-1 in PPG allowed (68.5).
The last time they took the hardwood, the St. John's Red Storm got the win with a final of 77-68 when they played NJIT. The Red Storm collected 31 defensive boards and 15 offensive rebounds totaling 46 for the matchup. They gave up possession of the ball 18 times, while recording 15 steals in the matchup. NJIT had 17 personal fouls for the game which got the Red Storm to the charity stripe for a total of 19 tries. They were able to make 14 of the free throws for a percentage of 73.7%. In relation to three-point attempts, St. John's made 5 out of their 24 tries (20.8%). When the final whistle was blown, the Red Storm shot 29 for 74 from the field which had them sitting at 39.2%. The Red Storm allowed NJIT to convert 27 of their 70 tries from the field which left them with a shooting percentage of 38.6% in this contest. They finished 32.1% from distance by shooting 9 of 28 and finished the contest at 5 out of 7 from the free throw line (71.4%). In relation to rebounding, St. John's allowed NJIT to pull down 33 overall (6 on the offensive glass).
Joel Soriano was important for the Red Storm in this game. He knocked down 6 of 8 for the matchup giving him a rate of 75.0%, and totaled 9 rebounds. He totaled 16 points in his 24 mins on the court, but didn't get an assist.
St. John's has a record of 5-1 this year. In terms of offensive execution, the Red Storm are hitting on 50.7% from the floor, which ranks 15th in college basketball. St. John's has earned 524 points for the campaign (87.3 per contest) and they collect 38.5 rebounds per game. They are earning an assist 21.5 times per game (2nd in college basketball) and they turn the ball over 15.8 times per contest. The Red Storm have committed 16.8 personal fouls every game and they shoot 74.8% from the free throw line.
The St. John's defense surrenders 36.0% on 3-pointers (49 of 136) and opponents are making 64.8% of their free throw shots. They relinquish 13.0 assists and 34.8 rebounds every game, which ranks them 222nd and 185th in college hoops. The Red Storm are ranked 213th in college basketball in points per game surrendered with 69.8. They are able to force 19.0 turnovers per game and allow teams to shoot 40.7% from the field (126th in college basketball).
Who will win tonight's NCAA basketball game against the spread?
Guy Bruhn's Pick: Take St. John's
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