Free NCAAB Picks - St. John's Red Storm vs Georgetown Hoyas

Joe Catalano

Monday, January 9, 2017 6:46 PM UTC

Monday, Jan. 9, 2017 6:46 PM UTC

No matter what their records are, the St. John's Red Storm and Georgetown Hoyas are two teams that are notorious rivals. Both of these teams will be up for this game in the "Batlle of the .500's", but only one team will come out with the "W".

  St. John's Red Storm vs Georgetown Hoyas


Taking On All Comers

One thing that I give St. John's head coach Chris Mullin credit for is his willingness to take on the top teams in the nation as he know's this will be the only way to improve his basketball squad and possibly attract some recruits.

The Red Storm have faced 4 AP Top 25 teams and have a win over Butler in the process. This is a very streaky St. John's team as they once lost 5 straight games, came back with 3 straight wins, but have recently lost to 2 top 25 teams in Xavier and Creighton. Point being, this is a team that's not as bad as their record indicates and are very good value as the underdog against Georgetown and Georgetown is on a 4 game losing streak and are just 4-10 ATS this season.


Young Talent

One other aspect to the St. John's team that they can hang their hat on is that they have two of the better freshman in the country leading their team in Marcus LoVett and Shamorie Ponds.

Both players have been playing especially well as of late and won't go into any matchup without a fight. LoVett is coming off of a huge 32 point,5 rebound performance in the 97-82 loss to Xavier in which he shot 10 of 14 from the field, including 4 of 7 from beyond the arc for a team-high 32 points. He lead's the Red Storm in scoring at 18.1 points per game and look for LoVett to come up big on Monday against a Georgetown defense that won't have the answer in containing him.

As for Ponds, he's right behind LoVett averaging 17.9 points. 5.4 rebounds, and 3.3 assists per game. This is a young man that will fight in the trenches at just 6 foot 1, 170 pounds. He too is coming off of a big game against Xavier in which he shot 50% from the field and finished the game with 21 points, 7 rebounds, and 5 assists. The future looks bright for this 1-2 combination and I see them as the "key to covering" against the Hoyas.

The big question in this game will be the play of Georgetown senior, Rodney Pryor. He's been a consistent go-to guy throughout his collegiate career at Georgetown.That said, he's coming off of a game against Butler in which he was held scoreless. Georgetown need's a bounce back performance from Pryor or St. John's will win this game outright.

 Free NCAAB Pick: St. John's Red Storm +6.5Best Line Offered: at 5Dimes

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