Free NCAA Hoops Pick: Musketeers vs Red Storm CBB Odds
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15-13 (3-6 A) Xavier Musketeers vs. St. John’s Red Storm 20-8 (11-3 H)
Date: Thursday, February 28th, 2019
Time: 6:30 PM ET
Venue: Carnesecca Arena in Queens, New York
CBB Moneyline Odds: OFF
CBB Betting Odds: St. John’s -6
CBB Betting Total: 141
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The Third-seeded team in the Big East in the St. John’s Red Storm followed up a terrible loss versus the lowly Providence Frias by picking up a victory over the Seton Hall Pirates, the conference’s fourth-place squad. In all, they have won three of four games entering this contest.
The Xavier Musketeers have had a rough start to the conference schedule, to say the least. However, they have rebounded to not only win four straight games, but, have also increased their positioning within the conference as they are currently in fifth place, overall.
And while the offense continues to struggle from the floor during this point in the season, they have been able to pick up wins lately on the strength of their defense. In all, the Musketeers have allowed just 60 points during their current winning streak after allowing just 54 points in a win over the slumping Villanova Wildcats.
The Wildcats were able to take a five-point lead into the half in this contest, however, Xavier stormed back in the second while outscoring them 39-24 en route to the victory. Xavier also ended the game shooting 51% from the floor as a team compared to only 33% to Villanova.
Leading score on the year in Naji Marshall (14 ppg) ended with 17 points yet shooting just 2-8 from three point range. The 6’7″ forward has really put up some big numbers during their current outstanding streatch, despite shooting only 41% from the floor.
Paul Scruggs (13 ppg) broke his streak of single digit games with 14 points versus Villanova while Quintin Gooden (13 ppg) has been up and down on the year while pumping in 11 points in their most recent victory. Finally, Zack Hankings (10 ppg) remains solid on the year as the center is shooting 68% from the field on the year in addition to Tyrique Jones (11 ppg, 7 rebs) had a lackluster night versus Villanova, but continue to shoot over 60% from the floor.
St. John’s Red Storm
A huge first half to where the Red Storm posted 38 points was the catalyst for St. John’s picking up a victory over the Pirates. The team shot 48% from the floor compared to just 40% for Seton Hall as leading scorer Shamorie Ponds went only 1-6 from long-range, however, ended with 26 points, total, while dishing out five assists along with recording five steals.
Marvin Clark II also chipped in 18 points in the win as well in addition to pulling down six boards. For the season, Clark II is averaging 11 points along with 5 rebounds per game, however, came out of a single digit stretch in their last outing in going 6-10 from the floor along with 4-8 from three-point range.
The defense for the Red Storm has also been outstanding in allowing just 73 points per game on 42% shooting on the season to opponents. Also, St. John’s forced 20 turnovers versus Seton Hall en route to their second straight home win.
The Red Storm will meet Xavier in two of the next three outings as they face off for the first time this year. In their last meeting, however, the Red Storm were destroyed by 28 points as they blitzed St. John’s 55-31 in the second half as Ponds along with Clark II combined to go 10-30 from the floor on the night in the loss.
CBB Betting Trends:
- Under is 23-9-1 in XAV last 33 road games.
- XAV is 35-16-4 ATS in their last 55 Thu. games.
- Under is 7-1 in SJU last 8 overall.
- Over is 8-2 in SJU last 10 Thu. games.
- Under is 5-2-1 in SJU last 8 home games.
Free Xavier Musketeers vs. St. John’s Red Storm NCAAB Prediction:
St. John’s will meet Xavier for the first time this year, as stated. Of course, after getting back on track with a win over the Pirates, look for them to come in with a bit of momentum for this contest.
Also, the Musketeers are on a high at this point in the season after winning four straight. However, they will run into problems in this matchup versus a Red Storm team that has been dominant at home. In all, the home team will prevail in a tight, low-scoring contest by a 77-73 score in the end.
4* Free CBB Betting Pick: Xavier +6
Both teams will be fighting hard for conference positioning in this Thursday night contest. However, one should look for St. John’s to scrap to the end as their defense will be the tip of the spear of their success in this contest as they will edge the surging Musketeers in the end.
NCAAB Free Score Prediction: Xavier 73 – St. John’s 77
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