St. John’s vs Villanova 2020 College Basketball Game Preview & Betting Odds

Written by on February 26, 2020

Once this weekend draw to a close, we will head into the final week of the college basketball regular season. For teams on the bubble, the time to make a move is running out, although for some of those teams, a great showing in the conference tournament might just move the needle enough to get them into the March Madness bracket. For those who have already clinched a spot, it’s now about finishing the season as strong as possible and trying to build some momentum for the craziness that is just around the corner. Getting on that winning streak is easier said than done, though, especially with so many teams scrambling for spots in the late going. The Villanova Wildcats appear to be getting hot at the right time, but they have a potential slip-up game coming on Wednesday night when they welcome in the St. John’s Red Storm. It’s one that you would expect the #12 Wildcats to win, but stranger things have happened this season. Villanova is favored by 13 points on home court, with the point total for this one set at 146. Let’s see how the College Basketball odds will be for the St. John’s vs Villanova.

St. John’s vs Villanova 2020 College Basketball Game Preview & Betting Odds

Why bet on the St. John’s Red Storm

It’s amazing how often we see the conference schedule kill the season of a number of teams. That has certainly been the case for the St. John’s Red Storm, who have gone 11-2 in non-conference play and just 3-11 versus teams from the Big East. Both of their games this week are going to come against ranked conference opponents, so it looks as though things might be about to go from bad to worse for the Red Storm. They certainly had no joy against Villanova at home earlier this season, going down 79-59 in that one. That means that they are now just 2-8 SU in their last 10 meetings with the Wildcats, while also just 1-4 SU in their last 5 games overall. St. John’s are 1-5 ATS in their last 6 games, but they have covered in 4 of their last 5 versus Villanova.

Offense
  • Total Score: 74.74
  • Field Goal %: 40.71
  • Three Point %: 30.73
  • Free Throw %: 70.95
  • Total Rebounds: 39.44

Defense

  • Total Score: 71.22
  • Field Goal %: 41.04
  • Three Point %: 31.74
  • Free Throw %: 67.17
  • Total Rebounds: 41.07

Why bet on the Villanova Wildcats

The Villanova Wildcats basically lost their shot at winning the Big East regular season title after their recent loss to the Seton Hall Pirates. While that was certainly a disappointing defeat, the fans and coaching staff of the Wildcats have to be pleased at how well they reacted after that defeat, reeling off 4 straight wins to take their season record to 21-6, which leaves them as the #12 ranked team in the nation. Playing at home has proven to be a very nice advantage for Villanova, as they are on a run where they have won 18 of their last 20 there, which includes an 11-2 SU home record this season. They have not been a great bet against the spread on home court this year, though, going 6-7 ATS in those games.

Team Stats

Offense
  • Total Score: 73.89
  • Field Goal %: 44.14
  • Three Point %: 36.41
  • Free Throw %: 77.8
  • Total Rebounds: 36.04

Defense

  • Total Score: 66.44
  • Field Goal %: 43.47
  • Three Point %: 31.68
  • Free Throw %: 69.75
  • Total Rebounds: 34.48

St. John’s vs Villanova Betting Trends

  • St. John’s are 1-5 ATS in their last 6 games.
  • The total has gone UNDER in 11 of St. John’s’ last 16 games.
  • St. John’s are 1-5 SU in their last 6 games.
  • St. John’s are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games against Villanova.
  • The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Villanova’s last 5 games.
  • Villanova are 16-4 SU in their last 20 games.
  • The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Villanova’s last 5 games against St. John’s.
  • Villanova are 18-2 SU in their last 20 games at home.

St. John’s vs Villanova Expert Pick and Final Score Prediction

The Villanova Wildcats appear to have gotten some of their swagger back after breaking out of a 3-game losing skid, so you would certainly like them to come up with a lopsided win in this one. I am on them to win and cover the spread here.

St. John’s Red Storm 62 Villanova Wildcats 85

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