St. John's Red Storm vs Connecticut Huskies Prediction, 1/18/2021 College Basketball Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: St. John's Red Storm vs Connecticut Huskies
Date: Monday, January 18, 2021
Location: Gampel Pavilion in Storrs, CT
Odds/Point Spread: St. John's (+9.5)
The St. John's Red Storm (7-7) go to Gampel Pavilion on Monday where they'll meet the Connecticut Huskies (7-1). Connecticut opens this contest as 9.5-point favorites. The total is set at 144.5.
St. John's heads into this game with a record of 7-7 this season. The Red Storm are hitting 34.0% on three-point attempts (97 of 285) and 72.0% from the free throw line. They currently have an average of 79.0 points per contest (65th in D-1) on 44.7% from the floor. They are losing possession via turnover 13.0 times per contest and as a team they commit 18.9 fouls per contest. As a unit, St. John's is pulling down 36.2 boards per game and has racked up 243 assists so far this year, which ranks 8th in Division 1 in terms of passing the rock. On defense, the Red Storm are able to force 17.6 turnovers on a nightly basis while drawing 17.1 fouls. The Red Storm defense is allowing an opponent FG percentage of 48.0% (400 of 834) and they surrender 38.0 rebounds per game as a basketball team. They are 329th in college basketball in allowing assists to their opponents with 211 surrendered so far this year. They are giving up 37.4% from beyond the arc while they are 316th in the nation in points per game from their opponents (78.5).
The St. John's Red Storm took the court against the Marquette Golden Eagles and took a loss by a final of 73-71 in their last contest. St. John's ended the game having earned a 37.7% FG percentage (26 of 69) and made 10 of their 25 3-pointers. At the free throw line, the Red Storm made 9 of 14 tries for a percentage of 64.3%. With respect to rebounding, they compiled 28 with 11 of them being on the offensive end. They also distributed 19 dimes for the matchup while getting 12 steals and 7 rejections. In terms of defense, St. John's allowed the other team to go 37.7% from the floor on 26 out of 69 shooting. Marquette totaled 12 assists and had 7 steals for this contest. Moreover, the Golden Eagles collected 39 rebounds (10 offensive, 29 defensive) and got 7 blocked shots. Marquette walked away from this one shooting 87.5% from the charity stripe by knocking down 14 of 16 attempts. They also knocked down 7 out of their 19 attempts from distance.
Julian Champagnie is a guy who was a major contributor for the matchup. He ended up with 20 points on 7 of 20 shooting. He saw the court for 29 minutes played and totaled 3 boards. Champagnie finished the contest at 35.0% from the field and totaled 2 dimes. An additional guy that came through in this contest for the Red Storm was Greg Williams. He had 2 boards and also accounted for 2 dimes. He walked away from this one shooting 46.2% from the floor in this contest by shooting 6-of-13 (15 points). When the game finished, Williams played 31 min.
Connecticut has a record of 7-1 for the season. Connecticut has totaled 585 pts on the season (73.1 per contest) and they pull in 38.9 boards per game. The Huskies are responsible for committing 18.5 fouls per contest and they go 69.7% from the charity stripe. As an offensive unit, the Huskies are hitting on 43.4% from the field, which has them ranked 223rd in the nation. Their rate of earning assists is at 12.9 times per game (214th in college hoops) and they are turning it over 12.9 times per game. The Huskies on the defensive side of the court are 24th in college hoops in points given up per game with 61.8. They are forcing 14.9 turnovers on a nightly basis and have allowed teams to shoot 40.7% from the field (86th in college basketball). The Connecticut defense gives up 28.7% on 3-point shots (41 of 143) and their opposition knocks down 68.3% of their shots from the charity stripe. They relinquish 9.9 assists and 33.1 rebounds on a nightly basis, which ranks them 26th and 94th in those defensive categories.
When they last stepped on the court, the Connecticut Huskies walked away with a victory by a final of 60-53 against the DePaul Blue Demons. The Huskies pulled down 16 defensive rebounds and 10 offensive boards totaling 26 in the game. They also blocked 6 attempts while recording 16 steals in the matchup. The Blue Demons were called for 19 personal fouls for this contest which got the Huskies to the charity stripe for 24 tries. They were able to convert 13 of the free throw tries for a percentage of 54.2%. In reference to three-point attempts, Connecticut converted 5 of their 18 tries (27.8%). At the conclusion of this game, the Huskies finished 21 for 52 from the floor which gave them a rate of 40.4%. The Huskies allowed the Blue Demons to make 22 of their 50 attempts from the field which gave them a shooting percentage of 44.0% in this contest. They finished shooting 33.3% from distance by connecting on 5 out of 15 and finished the game at 4 of 8 at the charity stripe (50.0%). In the matter of rebounding, Connecticut permitted DePaul to get 35 in total (10 on the offensive side).
Tyrese Martin pitched in for the Huskies in this contest. He converted 7 of 14 for the game giving him a rate of 50.0%, which got him 18 points. Martin pulled down 4 boards in his 37 mins played and had 2 assists in the matchup. An additional guy who was a determining factor for Connecticut was R.J. Cole. He was able to score 12 points in his 35 minutes on the hardwood by going 3 out of 9 shooting in this contest. Cole wrapped this one up going 33.3% from the field in addition to collecting 4 assists and 3 boards.
Who will win tonight's college basketball game against the spread?
Guy Bruhn's Pick: Take Connecticut (-9.5)
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