Big East foes will clash when the No. 12 Villanova Wildcats (21-6, 10-4 Big East) go head-to-head against the St. John’s Red Storm (14-13, 3-11 Big East) at Finneran Pavilion. Tip-off is set for 6:30 p.m. ET on Wednesday, February 26, 2020.
St. John’s Red Storm vs. Villanova Wildcats Betting Preview
The Red Storm lost to the No. 16 Seton Hall Pirates in their last outing, 81-65. Julian Champagnie had a solid performance for St. John’s, contributing 14 points and 11 rebounds. Seton Hall did an excellent job of converting from the charity stripe (19-23; 82.6 percent). St. John’s, on the other hand, forced the Pirates into a turnover percentage of 20.5 (above their season average of 16.7).
The last time the Wildcats played, they beat the Xavier Musketeers, 64-55. Villanova rallied around Saddiq Bey, who was the game’s leading scorer with 22 points on 8-for-17 shooting. The Wildcats had 8 steals and held the Musketeers to an effective field goal percentage of 0.384 (below their season average of 0.487).
Ball security could play a significant role in this matchup. Villanova commits the 21st-fewest miscues in the country (turnover percentage of 15.9 percent), while the ball-hawking defense of St. John’s forces the 22nd-most (opponents’ turnover percentage of 23.4 percent). It will also be a showdown of contrasting tempos as the fast-breaking Red Storm rank 24th in possessions per game, while the more half-court oriented Wildcats rank 265th.
These two schools have already met once this season. The Wildcats won 79-59. The Wildcats dominated every stat category in the game. They had a free throw rate of 0.148 and a solid offensive rebounding percentage of 29.4. For those same stats, the Red Storm put up marks of 0.049 and 18.9, respectively. Despite the loss, Rasheem Dunn was the game’s leading scorer with 24 points.
St. John’s Red Storm at Villanova Wildcats Betting Prediction
Prediction: SU Winner – Villanova, ATS Winner – St. John’s, O/U – Under
The Red Storm rank third in steals per game (10.1) while the Wildcats rank 160th (5.9).
St. John’s ranks 51st in blocked shots (4.2 per game) while Villanova ranks 122nd in blocks allowed per game (3.4).
Villanova ranks 23rd in three pointers attempted per game (27.3) while St. John’s ranks 260th in three pointers allowed per game (24.7).
The Wildcats rank 40th in assists per game (14.9) while the Red Storm rank 214th in assists allowed per game (14.3).
Villanova ranks 118th in rebounds allowed per game (34.5) while St. John’s ranks 281st (41.1).
The Wildcats’ average margin of victory in their last five games has been 8.8, up from 7.4 for the season.
During their last five games, the Red Storm have scored an average of 74.6 points per game (0.1 below their season average) and allowed an average of 78.8 points per game (7.6 above their season average).