St. John's Red Storm vs Xavier Musketeers Prediction, 2/16/2022 College Basketball Picks, Best Bets & Odds
Game: St. John's Red Storm vs Xavier Musketeers
Date: Wednesday, February 16, 2022
Location: Cintas Center in Cincinnati, OH
The St. John's Red Storm (13-11) are traveling to Cintas Center on Wednesday where they will attempt to beat the Xavier Musketeers (17-7).
The St. John's Red Storm took the court against Connecticut and ended up losing by a score of 63-60 in their last contest. St. John's ended the contest with a 33.8% FG percentage (24 of 71) and converted 5 of 21 3-point shots. At the free throw line, the Red Storm buried 7 of 13 tries for a rate of 53.8%. When discussing rebounding, they collected 38 with 10 of them being on the offensive end. They also distributed 17 assists in the matchup while creating 14 turnovers and having 5 steals. In reference to defending, St. John's allowed their opponent to shoot 36.4% from the floor on 24 out of 66 shooting. Connecticut dished out 14 assists and had 5 steals in this game. Furthermore, Connecticut grabbed 47 boards (12 offensive, 35 defensive), but didn't notch a block. Connecticut finished the contest at 66.7% from the charity stripe by burying 6 of 9 tries. They buried 9 of 25 shots from distance. When it comes to personal fouls, the Red Storm ended up walking away with 14 while Connecticut racked up 17 personal fouls.
Montez Mathis is someone who was a factor for the contest. He ended up going 83.3% from the field and totaled 2 dimes. He was on the court for 20 mins and grabbed 2 rebounds. He racked up 14 points on 5 of 6 shooting.
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St. John's enters this game with a mark of 13-11 for the campaign. They lose possession by turning the ball over 12.4 times per game and as a group are committing 17.5 fouls on a nightly basis. As a team, St. John's is collecting 38.4 boards per game and has accounted for 441 dimes for the year, which is 7th in college hoops in terms of passing the ball. The Red Storm are hitting 33.0% from downtown (175 of 531) and 66.1% from the free throw line. They average 78.5 points per contest (31st in the country) while shooting 44.4% from the floor.
When they are on defense, the Red Storm have forced 16.6 turnovers per contest while drawing 17.1 fouls. They are currently ranked 188th in the country in giving up assists to the opposition with 308 conceded this year. The Red Storm are giving up a FG percentage of 41.8% (612 of 1,463) and they relinquish 39.7 boards per game as a squad. They give up 36.5% on 3-point attempts and they rank 300th in Division 1 in opponents PPG (73.9).
In their last game, the Xavier Musketeers took home the win by a final score of 74-68 when they played Connecticut. When it comes to cleaning up the glass, Xavier allowed Connecticut to collect 28 in all (10 offensive). They wrapped up this game 33.3% from behind the 3-point line by hitting 8 out of 24 and walked away from this one shooting 14 out of 19 at the charity stripe (73.7%). The Musketeers allowed Connecticut to convert 23 of their 60 attempts from the floor which left them with a rate of 38.3% in this contest. When the final whistle was blown, the Musketeers shot 26 for 53 from the floor which gave them a percentage of 49.1%. With respect to three-point attempts, Xavier buried 4 of their 14 tries (28.6%). They were able to convert 18 of the free throw attempts for a percentage of 69.2%. Connecticut committed 23 fouls in this game which got the Musketeers to the charity stripe for 26 attempts. They gave up possession of the ball 10 times, while getting 5 steals in this game. The Musketeers earned 25 defensive rebounds and 6 offensive boards totaling 31 in the matchup.
Jack Nunge ended up being a major contributor for the Musketeers in this game. He made 6 out of 11 for the matchup for a rate of 54.5%, and tallied 9 rebounds. He accumulated 22 points in his 35 minutes on the court and tallied 1 assist in the game.
Xavier has a mark of 17-7 for the season. When it comes to offensive execution, the Musketeers are connecting on 44.9% from the field, which ranks 143rd in college basketball. Xavier has scored 1,755 pts on the campaign (73.1 per game) and they average 37.6 boards per game. They are assisting teammates 14.4 times per game (97th in college hoops) and they are giving up possession 11.9 times per game. The Musketeers have committed 14.5 personal fouls per game and they connect on 71.2% from the free throw line.
The Musketeers are ranked 71st in college basketball in points allowed per contest with 65.1. They are able to force 12.7 TO's per game and have let teams shoot 40.8% from the floor (55th in the nation). The Xavier defense concedes 31.5% on three-point shots (167 of 531) and their opposition knocks down 73.6% of their shots from the charity stripe. They allow 11.7 dimes and 33.3 boards on a nightly basis, ranking them 102nd and 102nd in Division 1.
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Tony Sink's Pick: Take St. John's
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