Big East foes will collide when the St. John’s Red Storm (14-11, 3-9 Big East) go head-to-head against the Xavier Musketeers (16-9, 5-7 Big East) at Madison Square Garden. Action begins at 6:30 p.m. ET on Monday, February 17, 2020.
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The Musketeers were beaten by the No. 19 Butler Bulldogs in their last outing, 66-61. Xavier’s Tyrique Jones put up 19 points and 10 rebounds in the contest. Butler had a better free throw rate (0.151 vs. 0.127). Xavier, on the other hand, had a better offensive rebounding percentage (33.3 vs. 32.1).
In the Red Storm’s last game, they defeated the Providence Friars, 80-69. With 19 points on 6-for-14 shooting, LJ Figueroa was the game’s high scorer. The Red Storm forced 23 turnovers and had an effective field goal percentage of 0.534 (above their season average of 0.459).
The offense of St. John’s will go head-to-head against the top-notch defense of Xavier. The Red Storm currently rank 195th in offensive efficiency, while the Musketeers are 73rd in defensive efficiency. The Musketeers should have the advantage on that side of the ball. Moreover, the Musketeers are among the NCAA’s best on the offensive backboards, ranking 59th in offensive rebounding percentage (32.4 percent). The Red Storm, meanwhile, rank 309th at corralling defensive rebounds with a defensive rebounding percentage of 68.8 percent.
These two teams have already met once this season. The Musketeers won 75-67. The Musketeers played a nearly perfect game. They had a phenomenal free throw rate of 0.423 and an effective field goal percentage of 0.510. The Red Storm put up marks of 0.261 and 0.355, respectively, for those same stats. Jones recorded a double-double with 12 points and 12 rebounds.
Xavier Musketeers at St. John’s Red Storm Prediction
Basketball Tip: SU Winner – St. John’s, ATS Winner – St. John’s, O/U – Under
The Musketeers rank 156th in three pointers allowed per game (21.8) while the Red Storm rank 258th (24.7).
Xavier blocks 3.7 opponent shots per game, which is ranked 72nd in the NCAA. St. John’s ranks 169th in blocks allowed per game (4.3).
Xavier averages 39.5 rebounds per game, which ranks 26th in the NCAA. St. John’s ranks 293rd in rebounds allowed per game (40.7).
The Red Storm rank fourth in steals per game (10.1) while the Musketeers rank 168th (5.8).
Xavier ranks 69th in assists per game (14.4) while St. John’s ranks 205th in assists allowed per game (14.0).
The Red Storm have been outscored by an average of 1.8 points in their last five games. On the season, St. John’s has defeated opponents by an average of 4.6 points.
During their last five games, the Musketeers have scored an average of 69.6 points per game (1.3 below their season average) and allowed an average of 65.8 points per game (1.0 below their season average).