Villanova Wildcats vs St. John's Red Storm Prediction, 2/8/2022 College Basketball Picks, Best Bets & Odds
Game: Villanova Wildcats vs St. John's Red Storm
Date: Tuesday, February 8, 2022
Location: Madison Square Garden in New York, NY
The Villanova Wildcats (17-6) are hitting the road to Madison Square Garden on Tuesday where they will go up against the St. John's Red Storm (13-9).
The Villanova Wildcats played Connecticut and earned the victory with a final of 85-74 in their last contest. Villanova ended the contest with a 59.2% FG percentage (29 out of 49) and buried 6 of their 11 shots from 3-point land. From the charity stripe, the Wildcats converted 21 of 22 attempts for a rate of 95.5%. In terms of hauling in boards, they collected 24 with 5 of them being on the offensive end. They also dished out 13 dimes in this contest while creating 15 turnovers and having 10 steals. In terms of defense, Villanova allowed the other team to go 50.0% from the floor on 26 of 52 shooting. Connecticut totaled 14 assists and had 9 steals for the game. On top of that, Connecticut snagged 19 boards (6 offensive, 13 defensive), but wrapped up the game with no rejections. Connecticut finished 87.5% from the charity stripe by burying 14 of their 16 shots. They buried 8 out of their 20 attempts from downtown. Regarding personal fouls, the Wildcats finished with 16 and Connecticut accounted for 20 personal fouls.
Eric Dixon is a player who was a factor for the matchup. He shot 66.7% from the floor and also earned 4 assists. He was on the court for 33 mins played and pulled down 12 rebounds. He ended up walking away with 24 points on 10 of 15 shooting.
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Villanova enters this one with a mark of 17-6 this season. They are turning it over 9.6 times per contest and as a team are committing 15.5 fouls on a nightly basis. As a team, Villanova is snagging 34.9 rebounds per game and has 291 dimes so far this year, which is 185th in D-1 in terms of passing the ball. The Wildcats are connecting on 36.6% on shots from distance (215 of 588) and 83.3% from the free throw line. They currently have an average of 73.0 pts per game (139th in D-1) while shooting 44.0% from the floor.
Defensively, the Wildcats have forced 12.7 turnovers per contest and they draw 16.9 fouls. They are giving up 31.4% on 3-point attempts while they are 21st in the nation in PPG allowed (61.7). The Wildcats defense is allowing an opponent shooting percentage of 40.9% (507 of 1,241) and they relinquish 31.4 rebounds per game as a squad. They rank 101st in D-1 in allowing assists to their opponents with 253 relinquished on the season.
The last time they took the court, the St. John's Red Storm took home the win by a final score of 75-72 when they faced Butler. When discussing team rebounding, St. John's allowed Butler to get 25 overall (8 on the offensive side). They shot 35.7% from three-point range by shooting 10 of 28 and finished the contest at 4 of 5 from the free throw line (80.0%). The Red Storm permitted Butler to knock down 29 out of their 56 attempts from the floor which had them sitting at 51.8% in this matchup. When the game finished, the Red Storm finished shooting 26 out of 54 from the field which gave them a percentage of 48.1%. When talking about shooting from beyond the arc, St. John's made 2 out of their 16 attempts (12.5%). They were able to knock down 21 of the free throws for a rate of 84.0%. Butler was called for 19 personal fouls for the game which took the Red Storm to the free throw line for a total of 25 attempts. They turned it over 6 times, while earning 4 steals for the matchup. The Red Storm were able to snag 18 defensive boards and 7 offensive boards for a total of 25 in this matchup.
Julian Champagnie ended up having an impact for the Red Storm for this game. He knocked down 6 out of 17 for this game for a field goal rate of 35.3%, and added 8 rebounds. He tallied 21 points in his 35 mins on the court and added 1 assist for the matchup.
St. John's has a mark of 13-9 for the campaign. As an offensive unit, the Red Storm are hitting on 45.5% from the floor, which ranks 108th in Division 1. St. John's has 1,754 pts for the season (79.7 per contest) and they pull in 38.2 boards per contest. Their rate of dishing out assists is at 18.7 times per contest (4th in the country) and they lose possession by turning the ball over 12.7 times per contest. The Red Storm commit 17.6 fouls per contest and they go 66.1% from the free throw line.
The Red Storm on defense are ranked 307th in D-1 in PPG given up with 74.3. They are forcing 16.7 turnovers on a nightly basis and have let teams shoot 41.9% from the field (123rd in D-1). The St. John's defense allows 37.0% on shots from distance (191 of 516) and their opponents are knocking down 72.3% of their free throw shots. They have surrendered 13.0 dimes and 38.9 rebounds on a nightly basis, which ranks 202nd and 346th in college hoops.
Who will win tonight's NCAA basketball game against the spread?
Guy Bruhn's Pick: Take St. John's
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