St. John's Red Storm vs Tulane Green Wave - NCAAB Expert Picks

Joe Catalano

Friday, December 2, 2016 6:30 PM UTC

Friday, Dec. 2, 2016 6:30 PM UTC

The St. John's Red Storm who are on a 5 game losing streak need a win in the worst way and Chris Mullin and his squad look to find it in the southeast where they match up against a Tulane Green Wave team that has won just once this season. Is this their big chance to pick up the "W"?

St. John's Red Storm (2-5) vs Tulane Green Wave (1-6)Mullin On the Hotseat?

Thus far, Chris Mullin's tenure as head coach of the St. John's Red Storm has been a rocky one. The Red Storm won their first 2 games of the season and have since suffered 5 consecutive losses and they definitely need "an easy one" to regain their confidence.

As for Mullin's job, it's secure, but this isn't what he had expected. On the bright side for St. John's they've managed to be competitive in every ball game this season including their 73-62 loss to nationally ranked Michigan State. Look for the Red Storn to regain a bit of confidence tonight as this team is not as bad as their record indicates.

Marcus LoVett

St. John's is led by freshman guard, Marcus LoVett, who has played exceptionally well in his first year as a collegiate player. LoVett is averaging 18.9 points, 4.4 rebounds, and 3.7 assists per game. A good barometer of his play was his 20 point performance against Michigan State. This is a player that's not afraid to shoot the basketball and will become an improved player in time.

In the meanwhile, St. John's needs his production along with freshman Shamorie Ponds (15.3 points, 6.1 rebounds). Ponds is somewhat similar to that of LoVett where his shot selection is concerned, but this is a 6 foot 1 guy averaging over 6 rebounds per game. This is quite impressive and an indication of the energy that Ponds brings to this ball club. I look for both players to play well against a much inferior squad in Tulane.

As for the Green Wave, they got a taste of top-ranked competition in their season opener against North Carolina and didn't fare well there and haven't recovered.since.

Senior guard, Cameron Reynolds, who has had a strong start to the season, is coming off of his worst performance of the season against New Orleans. Reynolds was just 3 for 13 from the field for 7 points. Tulane relies on Reynolds' 16 points and 6 rebounds per game and for the Green Wave to have any chance of being competitive, Cameron Reynolds must put his last performance behind him.

This is St. John's opportunity for a victory and look for them to seize it against weak competition.

 Free NCAA Basketball Pick: St. John's Red Storm -4 1/2Best Line Offered: at 5Dimes

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