Planning on watching today’s Wildcats and Red Storm game? Catch the action at Madison Square Garden in New York, NY, as the Red Storm hosts this showdown at 8:30 ET on FS1. The over/under for this Big East conference contest is set at 145.5 points, with St. John’s being favored by -3.5 at home against Villanova.

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

The Pick: St. John’s Red Storm -3.5

This game will be played at Madison Square Garden at 8:30 ET on Wednesday, January 24th.

WHY BET THE ST. JOHN’S RED STORM:

  • We have this one finishing with a projected score of 75-68 in favor of the Red Storm.
  • Not only will St. John’s pick up the win, but look for them to cover at -3.5.
  • The over/under is currently sitting at 145.5 points, and we like the under with a projected 143 points.

Can the Wildcats Lock in a Win at New York?

After losing their last two games, Villanova heads on the road to take on St. John’s as 3.5-point underdogs. The Wildcats come into this contest with an 11-7 record, including a 4-3 mark in Big East play.

So far, Villanova has gone 3-3 on the road, and their average scoring margin in away games is +3.7 points per game. In their last game, the Wildcats fell to Connecticut by a score of 66-65.

As the underdog this season, Villanova has gone 3-1 vs. the spread. On the road, the Wildcats are 3-3 ATS this year and 5-5 in their last 10 games as the underdog.

The over/under record for Villanova this season is 7-10-1. So far, the average scoring total in their games is 140.1 points while the average over/under line is 138.8. This year, 11 of their games have finished with less points than today’s over/under line of 145.5. Over their last three games, their over/under record is 2-1 and the average scoring total in those games is 151 points.

Coming off their recent game, the Villanova offense tallied 65 points in a matchup against Connecticut. Their field goal percentage for the game was 44.9%, and they made 7 threes. Leading the team in scoring is Eric Dixon, who is averaging 14.9 heading into today’s matchup. Additionally, TJ Bamba also maintains a PPG average of 9.6 heading into game.

Coming into today’s game, the Villanova defense is giving up an average of 66.3 points per contest. Villanova’s three-point defense is currently 158th in the country at 7.8 made threes per game. In terms of overall field goal percentage, opponets have hit 42.0% of their shots vs. Villanova.

Can The Red Storm Secure a Home Victory?

St. John’s is favored by 3.5 points today against Villanova. The Red Storm have been the favorite in 13 of their 19 games this season, going 10-3 in those contests. They are 8-2 at home this season, and their average scoring margin at home is +14.0.

St. John’s is coming off a 73-72 loss to Marquette in their last game. They are 12-7 overall this season, including a 4-3 record in Big East play. Over their last 10 games at home, the Red Storm are 8-2.

St. John’s has an overall ATS record of 10-8 this season, but they are just 6-7 vs. the spread when favored. Their home ATS record is 5-5 and their last 10 ATS mark as the favorite is 6-4.

So far this season, the over/under record in St. John’s games is 10-8 and today’s over/under line of 145.5 is lower than the average over/under line in their games (149.2). Over their last three games, the over/under record is 0-2 with an average scoring total of 140 points.

Against Marquette, the St. John’s had a tough time putting up points compared to their season average of 77.6 points per game. They scored 72 points and posted a field goal percentage of 40.6% in the game. Joel Soriano is leading the team in scoring at 16.1 points per contest. Daniss Jenkins has also been a key contributor with a PPG average of 13.3 going into the game.

St. John’s’ defense is currently in line with the NCAA average for points allowed, allowing an average of 70.6 points per game. In terms of field goal percentage allowed, St. John’s’ defense has allowed opponents to shoot 41.8% from the field, including a three-point shooting percentage allowed of 32.5% this season.