St. John's Red Storm vs Xavier Musketeers Prediction, 1/6/2021 College Basketball Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: St. John's Red Storm vs Xavier Musketeers
Date: Wednesday, January 6, 2021
Location: Cintas Center in Cincinnati, OH
Odds/Point Spread: St. John's (+7.5)
Cintas Center is the venue where and the Xavier Musketeers (8-2) will take on the St. John's Red Storm (6-4) on Wednesday. Xavier opens this game as 7.5-point favorites. The over/under opens at 156.5.
St. John's will enter this game with a win-loss mark of 6-4 this year. The Red Storm are hitting 33.3% on three-point attempts (66 of 198) and 74.1% from the charity stripe. They currently have an average of 82.6 points per game (34th in the nation) while shooting 46.2% from the floor. They are turning it over 13.3 times per game and as a squad are committing 18.8 personal fouls every game. As a unit, St. John's is pulling down 36.3 boards per contest and has accumulated 180 assists on the season, which is 20th in Division 1 in terms of passing the ball. On the defensive end, the Red Storm have forced 18.2 turnovers per contest and they draw 17.4 fouls. They are ranked 311th in college hoops in giving up assists to the opposition with 150 relinquished this year. The Red Storm defensively are allowing a shooting percentage of 48.9% (290 of 593) and they relinquish 35.8 boards per game as a team. They are giving up 39.6% from beyond the arc and they are ranked 317th in college basketball in points per game allowed (80.3).
The St. John's Red Storm faced off with the Georgetown Hoyas and earned the victory with a final of 94-83 in their last game. St. John's ended the game having earned a 47.6% FG percentage (30 out of 63) and made 13 of their 29 shots from beyond the arc. When they shot from the free throw line, the Red Storm buried 21 of 26 attempts for a percentage of 80.8%. In relation to rebounding, they compiled a total of 35 with 8 of them being of the offensive variety. They also recorded 19 assists in the game as well as earning 8 steals and 7 blocks. When it comes to defending, St. John's allowed their opponent to shoot 47.6% from the field on 30 of 63 shooting. Georgetown totaled 14 dimes and had 5 steals in this contest. Furthurmore, the Hoyas collected 34 rebounds (7 offensive, 27 defensive) and had 7 blocked shots. Georgetown went 73.1% at the charity stripe by making 19 of their 26 shots. They converted 10 of 26 attempts from long range.
Greg Williams is a guy who was a factor in the game. He racked up 26 points on 7 of 12 shooting. He saw the court for 34 mins played and also totaled 3 boards. Williams walked away from this one shooting 58.3% from the floor and totaled 2 assists. Another guy that had an impact in this game for the Red Storm was Julian Champagnie. He snagged 9 rebounds and accumulated 4 dimes. He went 50.0% from the field for the game by hitting 6-of-12 (20 points). When all was said and done, Champagnie played 29 minutes.
Xavier has a record of 8-2 on the year. Xavier has scored 802 pts so far this year (80.2 per contest) and they pull in 37.9 boards per contest. The Musketeers are responsible for committing 15.2 fouls per contest and they connect on 71.9% from the free throw line. When it comes to offense, the Musketeers are shooting 48.6% from the floor, which ranks 57th in the country. They are earning an assist 19.8 times per game (8th in the nation) and they turn it over 11.4 times per game. The Musketeers on defense are ranked 181st in D-1 in PPG allowed with 70.1. They have allowed 13.7 assists and 36.5 boards per contest, which is ranked 233rd and 227th in the country. The Xavier defense allows 31.3% on shots from distance (72 of 230) and opponents are making 78.8% of their shots from the free throw line. They are forcing their opponents into 11.8 TO's per game and have let teams shoot 39.5% from the floor (53rd in college basketball).
When they last stepped on the court, the Xavier Musketeers walked away from this one with a loss by a score of 85-68 against the Seton Hall Pirates. The Musketeers were able to pull down 19 defensive boards and 9 offensive rebounds totaling 28 in this matchup. They also turned away 3 tries while getting 5 steals for this game. The Pirates had 15 personal fouls for the contest which got the Musketeers to the free throw line for a total of 11 attempts. They were able to knock down 7 of the free throws for a percentage of 63.6%. When talking about shooting from beyond the arc, Xavier made 5 of 24 attempts (20.8%). When all was said and done, the Musketeers went 28 out of 65 from the field which had them shooting 43.1%. The Musketeers permitted the Pirates to convert 32 out of their 61 tries from the floor which gave them a shooting percentage of 52.5% in this matchup. They wrapped up this game 30.4% from distance via 7 of 23 and finished the game at 14 out of 14 from the free throw line (100.0%). In relation to how they attacked the glass, Xavier allowed Seton Hall to collect 40 in total (9 on the offensive side).
Zach Freemantle ended up being a major contributor for the Musketeers in the matchup. He buried 8 of 16 for this contest for a field goal percentage of 50.0%, which earned him 20 points. Freemantle pulled down 9 boards in his 35 mins and had 3 assists in the matchup. One more player who came through for Xavier was Jason Carter. He walked away with 12 points in 20 minutes played via 5 out of 9 from the floor for the contest. Carter finished going 55.6% from the field as well as earning 2 assists and 7 rebounds.
Who will win tonight's college basketball game against the spread?
Tony Sink's Pick: Take St. John's (+7.5)
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