Xavier Musketeers vs St. John's Red Storm Prediction, 12/28/2022 College Basketball Picks, Best Bets & Odds
Game: Xavier Musketeers vs St. John's Red Storm
Date: Wednesday, December 28, 2022
Location: Carnesecca Arena in Jamaica, NY
TV: Youtube TV
The St. John's Red Storm (11-2) host the Xavier Musketeers (10-3) at Carnesecca Arena on Wednesday.
The Xavier Musketeers played Seton Hall and went home with a win by a final score of 73-70 in their last contest. Xavier finished the contest having earned a 44.8% field goal percentage (26 out of 58) and knocked down 5 of their 20 shots from downtown. At the free throw line, the Musketeers made 16 of their 22 tries for a rate of 72.7%. With respect to grabbing boards, they collected 38 with 10 of them being of the offensive variety. They also doled out 23 dimes in this contest as well as forcing 14 turnovers and getting 4 steals. In reference to defending, Xavier let their opponent shoot 45.6% from the field on 26 of 57 shooting. Seton Hall earned 14 assists and had 7 steals for the contest. Furthermore, Seton Hall snagged 31 boards (9 offensive, 22 defensive), but wasn't able to put a block in the stat sheet. Seton Hall finished the game shooting 60.9% from the charity stripe by making 14 of their 23 shots. They also made 4 of 17 tries from beyond the perimeter. In reference to personal fouls, the Musketeers finished with 19 while Seton Hall had 23 personal fouls.
Zach Freemantle is one guy who was a factor for the contest. He ended up shooting 62.5% from the field and dished out 3 assists. He was on the hardwood for 35 mins played and also collected 9 boards. He ended up with 23 points on 10 out of 16 shooting.
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Xavier heads into this contest with a record of 10-3 on the campaign. They cough up possession 14.1 times per game and as a team are committing 17.5 fouls every game. As a team, Xavier is collecting 37.3 boards per contest and is sitting with 276 dimes on the campaign, which ranks 1st in college basketball in terms of passing the ball. The Musketeers are shooting 40.9% on three-point attempts (101 of 247) and 71.7% from the charity stripe. They are averaging 83.8 points per game (14th in college basketball) while hitting 51.1% from the floor.
Defensively, the Musketeers are forcing 13.8 turnovers per game and they draw 19.2 personal fouls. They rank 306th in the nation in allowing assists with 189 surrendered on the year. The Musketeers defensively are giving up an opponent FG percentage of 44.1% (348 of 789) and they surrender 31.2 rebounds per game as a unit. They are conceding 36.9% on shots from beyond the arc and they rank 299th in college hoops in PPG allowed (73.6).
In their last game, the St. John's Red Storm took a defeat with a final score of 78-63 when they played Villanova. Regarding how they rebounded, St. John's allowed Villanova to snag 37 in all (4 on the offensive side). They wrapped up this game 31.6% from downtown by going 6 out of 19 and finished the game at 16 of 17 at the free throw line (94.1%). The Red Storm allowed Villanova to knock down 28 of their 59 attempts from the floor which left them with a rate of 47.5% in this matchup. Overall, the Red Storm went 27 out of 75 from the field which had them shooting 36.0%. Pertaining to shots from beyond the arc, St. John's converted 6 of 25 attempts (24.0%). They were able to knock down 3 of the free throws for a percentage of 50.0%. Villanova had 10 fouls for the game which took the Red Storm to the free throw line for a total of 6 tries. They also gave up possession 12 times, while recording 7 steals for the contest. The Red Storm were able to collect 27 defensive rebounds and 10 offensive rebounds for a total of 37 for the game.
Joel Soriano ended up being a major contributor for the Red Storm in this contest. He scored 17 points in his 30 minutes on the court, but left the arena with no assists. He made 7 of 12 in the matchup for a field goal rate of 58.3%, and tallied 13 rebounds.
St. John's has a win-loss record of 11-2 on the campaign. As an offense, the Red Storm are hitting on 46.1% from the field, which is 125th in the country. St. John's has totaled 1,034 points for the season (79.5 per game) and they collect 42.6 boards per contest. They are getting an assist 16.4 times per game (37th in the nation) and they lose possession by turning the ball over 13.6 times per contest. The Red Storm have committed 15.5 personal fouls per game and they shoot 70.6% from the charity stripe.
The Red Storm on the defensive side of the court are 173rd in college basketball in PPG given up with 68.4. They are forcing 15.2 TO's every game and allow teams to shoot 41.3% from the floor (102nd in college hoops). The St. John's defense surrenders 31.5% on 3-point attempts (98 of 311) and their opponents are making 68.2% of their free throw attempts. They give up 13.4 dimes and 34.0 rebounds on a nightly basis, which is 229th and 185th in college hoops.
Who will win tonight's NCAA basketball game against the spread?
Tony Sink's Pick: Take Xavier
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