It will be a battle between Big East opponents when the Providence Friars (10-7, 3-1 Big East) welcome the St. John’s Red Storm (12-5, 1-3 Big East) to the Dunkin’ Donuts Center. The game gets underway at 8:30 p.m. ET on Wednesday, January 15, 2020.
St. John’s Red Storm vs. Providence Friars Betting Prediction
The Red Storm will be hoping for similar success after topping the DePaul Blue Demons in their last contest, 74-67. St. John’s forced the Blue Demons into a turnover percentage of 23.5 (above their season average of 17.3). DePaul, meanwhile, held the Red Storm to an offensive rebounding percentage of 20.0 (below their season average of 34.1). St. John’s rallied around Rasheem Dunn, who was the top scorer from either team with 19 points on 7-for-13 shooting.
In the Friars’ last matchup, they were beaten by the No. 6 Butler Bulldogs, 70-58. Butler made six of their 12 three pointers (50.0 percent), while Providence was 6-25 (24.0 percent). With 21 points on 8-for-18 shooting, Alpha Diallo was the game’s leading scorer.
After the Friars won both meetings against the Red Storm last season, these teams will clash for the first time this year. In the last game, Providence won 78-59. The Friars knocked down 27 of their 37 free throws (73.0 percent) and had a much better offensive rebounding percentage (27.8 vs. 20.9).
Providence might struggle to find the bottom of the net as they square off against one of the nation’s best defenses. St. John’s ranks 51st in defensive efficiency while the Friars rank 203rd in offensive efficiency. Furthermore, the Red Storm rank 23rd in turnover percentage (16.3 percent), while the Friars rank 45th in opponents’ turnover percentage (23.3 percent).
St. John’s at Providence Pick
Pick: ATS Winner – St. John’s, O/U – Over
Providence averages 38.7 rebounds per game, which ranks 56th in the nation. St. John’s ranks 262nd in rebounds allowed per game (40.3).
The Friars rank 25th in assists per game (16.4) while the Red Storm rank 170th in assists allowed per game (13.6).
Providence ranks 90th in three pointers allowed per game (20.5) while St. John’s ranks 233rd (24.9).
The Red Storm average 10.6 steals per game, which ranks fifth in the NCAA. The Friars rank 125th in steals allowed per game (6.9).
St. John’s ranks 41st in blocks per game (4.5) while Providence ranks 123rd in blocks allowed per game (3.8).
The Red Storm have been outscored by an average of 4.2 points in their last five games. For the season, St. John’s has defeated opponents by an average of 8.5 points.
During their last five games, the Friars have scored an average of 70.2 points per game (1.9 below their season average) and allowed an average of 64.6 points per game (1.8 below their season average).