Bet St. John's -7.5 vs. St. Mary's for NCAA Basketball Picks

Jeff Grant

Friday, December 19, 2014 2:50 PM UTC

Friday, Dec. 19, 2014 2:50 PM UTC

St. John’s senior class is living up to its potential in the early going this season, which makes it a top college basketball pick versus Saint Mary’s Friday night.

A Disappointing Result
Saint Mary’s will look to turn the page after dropping a 73-71 decision to Northern Arizona as 14-point favorites Tuesday, which is important to consider when looking over the NCAA basketball odds, as it marked the first time in 12 years that the school lost consecutive non-conference games at home.

The Gaels have split their two previous meetings against the Red Storm, as the host has proven victorious in each of those contests, including a 76-71 triumph for tonight’s visitor in the last occurrence on Nov. 15, 2010.

Over the last two-plus seasons, the program is 4-8 SU and 5-7 ATS as underdogs, with the UNDER going 9-3 in that situation.


Quite a Margin
Seven of St John’s eight wins have come by a double-digit margin, which can’t be ignored when making your NCAA basketball picks, as it comes off a 74-53 victory over Fordham as 16-point neutral-site favorites Sunday.

The Red Storm have compiled a perfect 5-0 record when playing inside Carnesecca Arena this season, with those wins coming by an average margin of 16.0 points.

It’s important to point out that the squad is 5-0 SU and 3-2 ATS as home favorites of 6.5 to 9 points at this venue since the start of the 2012-12 campaign.


Where’s Waldo(w)?
The Gaels have one of the top front court players in the country, as senior forward Brad Waldow is averaging 21.1 points and 10.1 rebounds—made possible by posting five double-doubles through eight games.

Waldow was a first team all-WCC honoree last season and was selected to the preseason squad this year by league coaches, as he prepares to face off against Red Storm big man Chris Obekpa, who happens to be the nation’s active career leader in blocks.


All Class
Red Storm head coach Steve Lavin has been very pleased by the four-year progression of his seniors, as Phil Greene IV, D’Angelo Harrison and Sir’Dominic Pointer combining to average 41.6 points per game.

Harrison is the main player to handicap, as he’s earned Big East Player of the Week honors in consecutive weeks, while ranking second among active Division I players with 1,778 points.


I’m going to recommend that readers back the Red Storm as one of their sports picks, as they’ve gone 10-4-1 ATS in their last 15 games versus teams with a winning record.

NCAA Basketball Pick: St. John’s Red Storm -7.5 at Bookmaker

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