Villanova Wildcats vs St. John's Red Storm Prediction, 2/3/2021 College Basketball Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Villanova Wildcats vs St. John's Red Storm
Date: Wednesday, February 3, 2021
Location: Carnesecca Arena in Queens, NY
Odds/Point Spread: Villanova (-8)
The Villanova Wildcats (11-1) head to Carnesecca Arena on Wednesday where they'll take on the St. John's Red Storm (11-7). The spread on this game has Villanova as 8-point favorites. The O/U opens at 153.5.
Villanova heads into this matchup with a record of 11-1 on the campaign. They have an average of 79.0 points per game (48th in the nation) while shooting 46.6% from the field. The Wildcats are hitting 37.5% on shots from distance (119 of 317) and 76.0% from the charity stripe. As a team, Villanova is pulling in 34.4 rebounds per game and has accumulated 185 assists for the campaign, which is 197th in D-1 in terms of passing the ball. They cough up possession 8.3 times per game and as a group are committing 16.3 personal fouls on a nightly basis. When they are on defense, the Wildcats are able to force 13.2 turnovers per contest and they draw 17.8 personal fouls. The Wildcats are giving up a field goal percentage of 45.4% (300 of 661) and they surrender 31.8 boards per contest as a team. They are ranked 63rd in D-1 in giving up assists to their opponents with 141 conceded on the campaign. They are surrendering 36.4% on 3-pointers and they are 107th in the country in PPG allowed (67.2).
The Villanova Wildcats played the Seton Hall Pirates and notched a win by a score of 80-72 in their last contest. Villanova finished having earned a 46.3% field goal percentage (25 of 54) and made 10 of their 22 3-point attempts. When they shot from the charity stripe, the Wildcats converted 20 of their 23 shots for a rate of 87.0%. In terms of grabbing rebounds, they earned 25 with 4 of them being offensive. They also distributed 15 dimes for the game as well as having 7 steals and 2 rejections. In terms of defending, Villanova let their opponent shoot 46.3% from the floor on 25 out of 54 shooting. Seton Hall totaled 11 assists and had 6 steals in this matchup. Furthurmore, the Pirates had 30 rebounds (11 offensive, 19 defensive) and added 2 rejections. Seton Hall went 85.7% when shooting free throws by making 12 of 14 shots. They made 8 of their 20 shots from beyond the perimeter.
Jeremiah Robinson-Earl is someone who came through for the contest. He accumulated 23 points on 8 of 12 shooting. He was on the court for 20 mins and also grabbed 5 boards. Robinson-Earl ended up shooting 66.7% from the field and recorded 2 assists. Someone else that was a factor in this matchup for the Wildcats was Jermaine Samuels. He snagged 3 boards and tallied 2 dimes. He shot 75.0% from the floor for this game by shooting 6-of-8 (17 points). When the final whistle was blown, Samuels saw the court for 31 minutes.
St. John's has a mark of 11-7 so far this year. On the offensive side of the court, the Red Storm are connecting on 45.1% from the floor, which is 133rd in the country. St. John's has accounted for 1,432 points so far this season (79.6 per contest) and they pull in 35.7 boards per contest. They are dishing out assists 16.8 times per contest (24th in the nation) and they cough up possession 12.7 times per game. The Red Storm are committing 18.6 fouls per contest while shooting 73.4% from the charity stripe. The Red Storm on the defensive side of the court are 314th in college basketball in points per game surrendered with 77.1. They have given up 14.4 assists and 37.8 rebounds every game, which ranks them 282nd and 303rd in those defensive categories. The St. John's defense allows 36.6% on 3-point shots (142 of 388) and their opposition makes 66.9% of their free throw attempts. They are forcing their opponents into 17.4 turnovers per game and have let teams shoot 47.2% from the floor (314th in college basketball).
For their last game, the St. John's Red Storm got the win with a final of 75-73 when they played the Marquette Golden Eagles. The Red Storm were able to snag 18 defensive rebounds and 12 offensive boards for a total of 30 in the game. They also rejected 4 attempts while recording 8 steals for the matchup. The Golden Eagles were called for 12 personal fouls in this matchup which took the Red Storm to the free throw line for a total of 10 tries. They were able to knock down 10 of those for a percentage of 100.0%. Concerning shots from beyond the arc, St. John's made 9 out of their 19 attempts (47.4%). Overall, the Red Storm went 28 for 63 from the floor which gave them a shooting percentage of 44.4%. The Red Storm allowed the Golden Eagles to bury 24 of 57 tries from the field which had them shooting 42.1% in this matchup. They shot 29.4% from 3-point land by going 5 out of 17 and ended up going 20 out of 24 from the free throw line (83.3%). In reference to how they attacked the glass, St. John's permitted Marquette to snag 32 in all (11 on the offensive side).
Julian Champagnie ended up having an impact for the Red Storm in this game. He converted 7 out of 14 in this matchup for a rate of 50.0%, which got him 22 points. Champagnie totaled 7 rebounds in his 34 mins played and totaled 2 assists in this contest. An additional guy that was pivotal for St. John's was Posh Alexander. He finished with 15 points in 34 minutes played via 6 out of 14 shooting for the game. Alexander wrapped this one up going 42.9% from the floor in addition to totaling 3 dimes and 2 total rebounds.
Who will win tonight's college basketball game against the spread?
Guy Bruhn's Pick: Take St. John's (+8)
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