Villanova vs. St. John's Pick
Will No. 1 Villanova have any trouble on the road when it takes on upset-minded St. John’s tonight at 8PM ET?
According to oddsmakers at Bovada.lv, Villanova is the favorite on the road in this game, as the Wildcats are getting odds of -11.5 points against St. John’s. The over/under total for the contest is listed at 153.5 points. Tonight’s game takes place from Madison Square Garden in New York city.
Villanova is coming off an 89-65 win over Xavier. The Wildcats have won two straight since a loss at Butler. Nova is 15-1 on the season, 3-1 in the Big East and 11-5 against the spread. Nova is averaging 88.9 points per game on offense this year while allowing 69.5 points per contest. Jalen Brunson is averaging 19.3 points and 5.2 assists per game this season while Mikal Bridges is adding 17.6 points and 5.8 rebounds per contest.
St. John’s has lost five straight coming into tonight, including a 69-66 loss at home to Georgetown earlier this week. The Red Storm are 10-7 overall, 0-5 in the Big East and 7-8 against the spread. St. John’s is averaging 73.3 points per game this season while giving up 69.9 points per contest. Shamorie Ponds is leading the team with 19.1 points, 5.6 rebounds and 5 assists per game while Bashir Ahmed is averaging 12.2 points per game.
Villanova has won 10 straight meetings with St. John’s, covering the spread in six of those 10 victories. The Wildcats are actually scoring more in away games this year, averaging nearly 95 points per game. I am sure St. John’s will be up for this game and may have a strong start, but Nova should eventually overwhelm St. John’s and pick up a lopsided win. The public betting is backing Villanova tonight as well.
CBB DAILY PREDICTION: VILLANOVA -11.5