Red Storm vs. Wildcats Prediction
The 16th-ranked Arizona Wildcats will battle the St. John's Red Storm in San Francisco tonight in the Basketball Hall of Fame Al Attles Classic. Which side will cover the spread in the neutral setting?
Saturday, December 21, 2019
Chase Center at 10PM ET
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According to oddsmakers, the Wildcats are an 11-point favorite on the spread line. the total is set at 154 points. As of Saturday morning, 54 percent percent of public bets are being placed on Arizona. Check out our College Basketball Public Betting Page for the latest information.
Red Storm win sixth straight
St. John's rolled to an 85-57 home win Wednesday night over Albany to improve to 10-2 overall and 9-1 at home. The Red Storm led 35-22 at halftime and pulled away further after the break. Marcellus Earlington led St. John's with 16 points off the bench on 8-of-10 shooting. He also tallied nine rebounds, two steals and two blocked shots. Julian Champagnie contributed 14 points and six boards. Greg Williams Jr. had 11 points, three caroms and two steals as a reserve. Rasheem Dunn added 10 points, five assists and three rebounds off the bench.
Wildcats fall short against Bulldogs
Arizona lost by an 84-80 score at home last Saturday night versus Gonzaga to drop to 10-2 overall and 7-1 at home. The Wildcats were outscored 49-46 in the second half of the defeat. Josh Green led Arizona with 17 points on 5-of-15 shooting including 1-of-4 from 3-point distance plus 6-of-6 at the charity stripe. He also contributed four rebounds and two steals. Zeke Nnaji talllied 16 points, 17 boards and two blocked shots. Chase Jeter had 10 points, six caroms and two assists. Dylan Smith added 10 points, three rebounds and two dimes.
College Basketball Betting Trends
The Red Storm are 4-1-1 ATS in their last six games overall. St. John's is 1-5 ATS in its last six games as an underdog.
The Wildcats are 8-22-1 ATS in their last 31 Saturday games. Arizona is 0-6 ATS in its last six neutral site games.
Arizona showed it can hang with a top-notch team with the close loss to Gonzaga. The Wildcats are very efficient offensively and while they are a step behind defensively, they are still decent enough most of the time. My issue here is the spread and the neutral court. St. John's has proven it can beat a quality team with its win over West Virginia and will be properly motivated to compete well with a ranked opponent today. I'm taking the points with the Red Storm in this situation.
COLLEGE BASKETBALL DAILY PREDICTION: ST. JOHN'S RED STORM +11