The Red Storm and Wildcats are set to face off at 1:00 ET on FOX. The Wildcats will host the game at Finneran Pavilion in Villanova, PA. The over/under for this Big East conference contest is set at 143.5 points, with the Wildcats being the favored team playing at home against the Red Storm.

ST. JOHN’S RED STORM VS VILLANOVA WILDCATS BETTING PICK

The Pick: Villanova Wildcats -4.5

This game will be played at Finneran Pavilion at 1:00 ET on Saturday, January 6th.

WHY BET THE VILLANOVA WILDCATS:

  • We have this one finishing with a projected score of 76-67 in favor of the Wildcats.
  • Not only will Villanova pick up the win, but look for them to cover at -4.5.
  • The over/under is currently sitting at 143.5 points, and we like the under with a projected 143 points.

Can St. John’s Secure a Road Victory?

St. John’s will be looking to pull off the upset today as they take on Villanova as 4.5 point underdogs. So far this season, the Red Storm have gone 10-4 and have won their last two games.

On the road this season, St. John’s is just 3-3 and have an average scoring margin of -0.2 points per game. Over their last ten road games, the Red Storm are 5-5.

St. John’s has been solid against the spread this season with an 8-6 record. As the underdog, the Red Storm have gone 2-1 vs. the spread this year and have a mark of 5-5 over their last 10 games as the underdog. On the road, St. John’s has a 3-3 ATS record this season and is 7-3 over their last 10 road games vs. the spread.

So far this season, the over/under record for St. John’s is 8-6 and today’s line of 143.5 is lower than the average over/under line in their games this year (149.1). Over their last three games, the average scoring total is 150 points and their over/under record during that span is 2-1.

St. John’s finished with 86 points in their game against Butler. This total surpasses their season-average of 79.7 points per game. The top scorer for the Red Storm was Daniss Jenkins with 17 points, while Joel Soriano also added 14 to the scoreboard.

The Red Storm’s defense is presently ranked 121st nationally, allowing an average of 69.9 points per contest. In their previous game vs. Butler, the Bulldogs finished with a field goal percentage of 50% and a total of 70 points vs. St. John’s.

Can Villanova Pull Off a Home Win?

Heading into today’s matchup, Villanova is favored by 4.5 points and has an overall record of 10-4. They have won their last four games and are 7-2 at home this season.

In their last game, Villanova faced off against Xavier and came away with a 66-65 victory. Over their last 10 games at home, the Wildcats are 8-2.

On the season, Villanova has an ATS record of 8-6. At home, their ATS mark is 5-4. Over their last 10 games as the favorite, the Wildcats are 5-5 vs. the spread.

This season, the over/under record for Villanova games is 4-9-1. So far, the average scoring total in their games is 136.7 points, which is lower than the average over/under line in their games of 138.4 points. Today’s over/under line of 143.5 points is higher than the average scoring total in their games this year and the average scoring total in their last three games of 131 points.

In their most recent game, the Villanova offense put up just 66 points vs. the Xavier Musketeers. Overall, they are now averaging 73.1 points per game which is 256th in the country. The top scorer for the Wildcats was Hakim Hart with 14 points, while Eric Dixon also added 13 to the scoreboard.

So far, the Wildcats’ defense is ranked 26th in the country at 63.6 points per contest. Villanova will look once again to perform well on defense, holding Xavier to just 38% shooting in their most recent game.