The St. John’s Red Storm (11-4, 0-2 Big East) visit Georgetown to play the Hoyas (10-5, 0-2 Big East) in a game that will likely be up-tempo. The game is scheduled to start at 6:30 p.m. ET on Wednesday, January 8, 2020.
St. John’s Red Storm at Georgetown Hoyas Betting Prediction
The Red Storm are hoping for a better outcome after their 75-67 loss to the Xavier Musketeers in their last outing. Getting to the free throw line was one of Xavier’s largest advantages. They had 34 free throw attempts, while St. John’s had 29. LJ Figueroa was St. John’s’ high scorer with 17 points on 6-for-16 shooting.
In the Hoyas’ last matchup, they fell to the Seton Hall Pirates, 78-62. Seton Hall’s 0.352 free throw rate was their largest strength over Georgetown, who had a mark of 0.129. The Pirates’ mark was above their season average of 0.230, while the Hoyas’ was below their season average of 0.279. With 20 points on 7-for-20 shooting, Mac McClung was the game’s leading scorer.
After splitting two games last season, this will be the first matchup of the year between these two teams. In the most recent contest, the Hoyas won 89-78. Georgetown did an excellent job of making free throws (16-19; 84.2 percent). St. John’s, on the other hand, had a much better turnover percentage (9.7 vs. 20.8).
There could be plenty of transition offense in this showdown that features two of the country’s more fast-paced teams. Georgetown ranks 43rd in possessions per game (73.4) and St. John’s is 24th (74.6).
St. John’s Red Storm at Georgetown Hoyas Betting Pick
College Basketball Pick: ATS Winner – St. John’s, O/U – Over
Georgetown ranks 37th in rebounds per game (40.4) while St. John’s ranks 260th in rebounds allowed per game (39.9).
The Red Storm rank third in steals per game (10.5) while the Hoyas rank 180th in steals allowed per game (8.1).
St. John’s averages 14.4 assists per game, which ranks 84th in the country. Georgetown ranks 196th in assists allowed per game (14.7).
The Hoyas average 4.7 blocks per game, which ranks 35th in the NCAA. The Red Storm rank 102nd in blocks allowed per game (3.4).
St. John’s ranks 215th in three pointers attempted per game (19.4) while Georgetown ranks 253rd (17.9).
The Red Storm’s average margin of victory in their last five games has been 6.4, down from 10.6 for the season.
During their last five games, the Hoyas have scored an average of 76.4 points per game (2.7 below their season average) and allowed an average of 68.0 points per game (4.6 below their season average).