It will be a battle between Big East opponents when the DePaul Blue Demons (13-6, 1-5 Big East) welcome the St. John’s Red Storm (12-8, 1-6 Big East) to Wintrust Arena. The game begins at 2 p.m. ET on Saturday, January 25, 2020.
St. John’s Red Storm at DePaul Blue Demons Betting Prediction
The last time the Red Storm played, they were defeated by the Marquette Golden Eagles, 82-68. One of Marquette’s largest strengths was getting to the charity stripe. They had 33 free throw attempts, while St. John’s had just nine. Mustapha Heron was St. John’s’ high scorer with 18 points on 7-for-13 shooting.
The Blue Demons were beaten by the Creighton Bluejays in their last outing, 83-68. Getting to the free throw line was one of Creighton’s biggest strengths. They had 31 free throw attempts, while DePaul had 21. With 22 points on 10-for-18 shooting, Paul Reed was the top scorer from either team.
This could end up being a sloppy game for the DePaul offense. DePaul ranks 275th in the country in ball protection (turnover percentage of 20.8 percent), while the pesky defense of St. John’s forces the 23rd-most turnovers in the NCAA (24.2 percent).
This will be the second game of the season between these two teams. In the first, Rasheem Dunn scored a game-high 19 points and the Red Storm defeated the Blue Demons 74-67. He also put up eight rebounds and five assists. St. John’s had a much better turnover percentage (9.8 vs. 23.5). DePaul, meanwhile, had a much better offensive rebounding percentage (29.0 vs. 20.0).
St. John’s Red Storm at DePaul Blue Demons Free Pick
Free Prediction: ATS Winner – St. John’s, O/U – Under
DePaul averages 38.3 rebounds per game, which ranks 70th in the nation. St. John’s ranks 261st in rebounds allowed per game (41.0).
The Red Storm rank fourth in steals per game (10.7) while the Blue Demons rank 186th in steals allowed per game (7.7).
DePaul ranks ninth in blocks per game (5.8) while St. John’s ranks 151st in blocks allowed per game (4.5).
The Blue Demons average 14.5 assists per game, which ranks 69th in the country. The Red Storm rank 165th in assists allowed per game (13.3).
St. John’s ranks 211th in three pointers attempted per game (19.9) while DePaul ranks 246th (18.6).
The Red Storm have been outscored by an average of 7.2 points in their last five games. For the season, St. John’s has defeated opponents by an average of 6.1 points.
During their last five games, the Blue Demons have scored an average of 70.8 points per game (4.1 below their season average) and allowed an average of 73.6 points per game (5.5 above their season average).