St. John's Red Storm vs Villanova Wildcats Prediction, 2/23/2021 College Basketball Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: St. John's Red Storm vs Villanova Wildcats
Date: Tuesday, February 23, 2021
Location: Finneran Pavilion in Villanova, PA
Odds/Point Spread: St. John's (+11)
The St. John's Red Storm (14-9) go to Finneran Pavilion on Tuesday where they'll take on the Villanova Wildcats (14-3). The line on this matchup has Villanova as 11-point favorites. The O/U is set at 155.5.
St. John's enters this game with a mark of 14-9 for the year. They currently have an average of 80.1 pts per contest (29th in the nation) while connecting on 45.3% from the field. The Red Storm are hitting 35.8% from downtown (176 of 491) and 75.2% from the charity stripe. As a unit, St. John's is snagging 35.7 boards per game and has totaled 390 dimes for the year, which ranks 7th in the country in terms of passing. They are turning it over 12.6 times per contest and as a team are committing 18.2 personal fouls per contest. Defensively, the Red Storm are able to force 16.9 turnovers per game while drawing 16.7 fouls. The Red Storm defensively are giving up a field goal percentage of 46.8% (650 of 1,390) and they concede 37.7 rebounds per game as a basketball team. They are 328th in college hoops in giving up assists with 339 surrendered this year. They relinquish 34.7% from 3-point land and they rank 313th in the nation in points per game from their opponents (77.2).
The St. John's Red Storm faced off with the DePaul Blue Demons and walked away from this one with a loss by a score of 88-83 in their last game. St. John's wrapped up the game having earned a 33.8% FG percentage (24 out of 71) and buried 12 out of their 33 shots from 3-point land. At the free throw line, the Red Storm buried 23 of 25 shots for a rate of 92.0%. In regard to pulling down boards, they earned a total of 29 with 16 of them being of the offensive variety. They also doled out 16 assists for this game as well as having 11 steals and 3 blocked shots. When discussing defending, St. John's allowed the other team to go 33.8% from the floor on 24 out of 71 shooting. DePaul distributed 14 assists and had 6 steals for the game. Additionally, the Blue Demons had 36 rebounds (8 offensive, 28 defensive) and added 3 blocks. DePaul went 72.7% when shooting free throws by converting 16 of their 22 attempts. They also made 4 out of their 8 attempts from beyond the arc.
Julian Champagnie is someone who was a major factor in this contest. He ended up scoring 29 points on 9 out of 22 shooting. He was on the hardwood for 35 mins and pulled down 7 rebounds. Champagnie finished shooting 40.9% from the field and distributed 2 dimes. An additional guy that was a major factor in the matchup for the Red Storm was Vince Cole. He pulled down 3 rebounds and accounted for 2 assists. He went 50.0% from the field in this contest by going 3-of-6 (10 points). In all, Cole saw the court for 22 minutes.
Villanova has a record of 14-3 for the season. On the offensive side of the ball, the Wildcats are shooting 45.9% from the floor, which is 90th in college basketball. Villanova has accumulated 1,325 points for the year (77.9 per game) and they pull in 33.8 boards per game. They are earning an assist 15.8 times per contest (51st in Division 1) and they turn it over 9.0 times per game. The Wildcats are responsible for committing 15.5 fouls per game and they connect on 78.9% from the charity stripe. The Wildcats are ranked 119th in Division 1 in PPG surrendered with 68.2. The Villanova defense concedes 36.9% on shots from distance (138 of 374) and their opponents are making 69.2% of their shots from the free throw line. They concede 12.0 assists and 32.1 rebounds every game, which is 108th and 58th in those categories on the defensive end. They are forcing 12.9 turnovers per game and allow teams to shoot 45.8% from the floor (276th in the country).
When they last stepped on the court, the Villanova Wildcats got the win with a final of 68-60 when they played the Connecticut Huskies. The Wildcats snagged 24 defensive rebounds and 6 offensive boards for a total of 30 in the game. They blocked 2 tries while recording 7 steals for the matchup. The Huskies committed 21 fouls in the game which took the Wildcats to the free throw line for 26 attempts. They were able to convert 19 of those for a clip of 73.1%. In terms of three-point attempts, Villanova buried 5 out of their 22 tries (22.7%). In all, the Wildcats went 22 out of 53 from the floor which gave them a percentage of 41.5%. The Wildcats allowed the Huskies to bury 20 of 55 attempts from the floor which gave them a shooting percentage of 36.4% for the contest. They finished 25.9% from distance via 7 of 27 and finished the game at 13 out of 19 at the free throw line (68.4%). With respect to attacking the glass, Villanova permitted Connecticut to pull down 32 in all (8 offensive).
Collin Gillespie was important for the Wildcats for this contest. He knocked down 8 out of 15 for the game for a rate of 53.3%, which earned him 20 points. Gillespie pulled down 6 rebounds in his 37 minutes and had 2 dimes in this game. One more player that ended being a contributor for Villanova was Jeremiah Robinson-Earl. He scored 17 points in his 36 minutes played via 6 out of 11 shooting for this contest. Robinson-Earl ended up shooting 54.5% from the floor while also totaling 2 assists and 11 rebounds.
Who will win tonight's college basketball game against the spread?
Tony Sink's Pick: Take St. John's (+11)
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