Tuesday night college basketball and we will see the Villanova Wildcats travel to the Carnesecca Arena in Queens, New York to take on the St John's Red Storm. The game has a start time of 9:00 pm (Eastern) and will be televised on Fox Sports 1. Current Vegas betting odds have Villanova listed as 4 point favorites, while the total is set at 147.
Analysis: The Villanova Wildcats come into this game off their first loss of the year, which was A 66-61 defeat at the hands of Seton Hall on the road. The Cats are now 13-1 on the year, which includes a 1-1 mark in true road games. Villanova is 9-3 ATS in their last 12 games vs. a team with a winning % above .600 and 47-22 ATS in their last 69 games overall. The Wildcats have been a good offensive squad this year, ranking 37th in scoring (75.9 ppg), 52nd in shooting (46.7%), 183rd in 3 point shooting (33.7%) and 120th in FT shooting (70.6%). The defense for this team has been good as well, ranking 40th in points allowed (59.4 ppg), 83rd in defensive FG% (39.8%) and 34th in 3 point defense (28.6%).
The St John's Red Storm come in struggling a bit as they have lost their last 2 games with one being on the road at Seton Hall and the other was at home vs Butler. Seton Hall is now 10-3 on the year, including 7-1 at home. St John's is 1-5 ATS in their last 6 vs. Big East, 0-5 ATS in their last 5 games following a S.U. loss and 1-4 ATS the last 5 meetings with the Wildcats. St John's has been a decent offensive team this year, ranking 111th in scoring (71.2 ppg), 127th in shooting (44.7%), 275th in 3 point shooting (30.8%) and 178th in FT shooting (68.7%). Defensively the Red Storm have been very good, ranking 55th in points allowed (60.6 ppg), 31st in defensive FG% (37.8%) and 71st in 3 point defense (30.5%).
Pick: This game features two teams that have played excellent defense this year so yes I will be going with the under in this one. The Villanova Wildcats are off their first loss of the season and I really expect them to clamp down defensively even more so than they have this year. For the year Villanova has allowed just 59.4 ppg overall, while in their last 10 games (regulation only) they have allowed just 57.8 ppg. St John's has cracked the top 20 this year and they have done so mainly on a defense that has allowed just 60.6 ppg overall and 55.6 ppg at home. This should be a tight game through out and neither team is an uptempo team, which means we should get allot of walking the ball up the court, especially late in the game. These teams have combined to go 7-16-1 to the under this year and this game should follow suit.
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