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Big East meets Metro Atlantic today as the St. John’s Storm host Saint Peter’s in a Tuesday night east coast affair.
Both teams enter today’s contest on winning runs. Saint Peter’s has won two straight after Saturday’s 67-59 victory over St. Francis. Meanwhile, the Red Storm have taken their last two since falling 80-67 opposite Arizona State. St. John’s made an at-large NCAA Tournament bid last season, losing 74-65 vs. the Sun Devils. The Storm welcome new coach Mike Anderson after program icon Chris Mullin resigned for personal reasons. Former Seton Hall Pirate standout Shaheen Holloway begins his second year as Saint Peter’s head coach. The Peacocks finished 10-22 last year.
St. John’s enters today’s contest as a -20 point favorite.
Holloway looks to take step forward in season threeSaint Peter’s begins a new year under Holloway while replacing many faces from 2018-19’s roster. Gone are leading scorers Davauhnte Turner and Samuel Idowu. Now, freshman Doug Edert’s 13.0 ppg leads a group averaging just 64.6 ppg. Though, the Peacocks’ output has gained an uptick over the past three games as Holloway’s men average 77.3 ppg during that span. Saint Peter’s latest win came via defensive muscle and featured Edert’s 18 points, along with seven teammates contributing four-plus tallies. Of course, as earlier mentioned the Peackcocks downed St. Francis 67-59 over the weekend.
Defensively, Saint Peter’s allows 68.8 ppg, but last season’s 68.6 points allowed landed the Peacocks among the top 100 division one schools in terms of limiting opposing offenses. However, tonight, opposite big-league competition, Saint Peter’s will struggle on both ends.
Mike Anderson era underway at St. John’sChris Mullins’ sudden departure topped an offseason filled with high turnover for competitive St. John’s. Although, Mike Anderson, who has taken three teams to the NCAA Tournament, has stepped in and not missed a beat. Over 18 seasons, Anderson’s amassed 375 wins, nine NCAA Tournament appearances and two conference titles. Perhaps the most interesting Anderson fact is that he’s never had a losing season while patrolling NCAA sidelines.
Off to a 6-2 start, Anderson’s primary weapons are Mustapha Heron and LJ Figueroa. Those two are flanked by double-figure scorers Julian Champagne, Rasheem Dunn and a healthy supporting cast. During their recent 86-63 win vs. Wagner ten Red Storm players checked the scoring column. Offensively, St. John’s averages 81.4 ppg and allow 67 ppg. That two-way quality will be too much for Saint Peter’s.
- Red Storm are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 games vs. a team with a losing straight up record.
- Red Storm are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 Tuesday games.
- Red Storm are 9-4 ATS in their last 13 home games.
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- Peacocks are 6-13 ATS in their last 19 non-conference games.
The Bottom Line What to bet on this game.
Full-Game Side Bet
While Saint Peter’s has played well of late, the Red Storm are a few competitive notches above the Peacocks. Home court also helps St. John’s cause of covering tonight’s lofty spread. Behind a strong opening, Heron and Figueroa will have the contest gift wrapped by halftime for the Storm’s second and third wave to apply heat. Look for St. John’s to cover and look good doing it as the Peacocks find themselves overwhelmed. Red Storm are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 games vs. a team with a losing straight up record.
Prediction: St. John’s
Full-Game Total Pick
I’ll take the Over 133 here as St. John’s’ offense is quick-strike and fairly deep. Consider that all eight of the Red Storms’ 2019 outings have gone over, sometime well over, tonight’s total. I don’t expect the Peacocks to pose competitive threat, but they should add enough offense to help push the total Over in a contest where St. John’s scores at will. Over is 7-0 in Peacocks last seven games following an ATS win.