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The Arizona State Sun Devils will be looking for their 23rd win of the season when they head to University of Dayton Arena to take on the St. John’s Red Storm. Arizona State enters this game with a 22-10 record after losing to Oregon in its last game. Meanwhile, St. John’s is 21-12 as it lost to Marquette in its last game. Now, both teams will be looking for another win this Wednesday.
Arizona State Wins Three Of Its Last Four
This season, Arizona State hoped to not only return to the big dance, but to actually make it into the field of 64 where it can potentially make some noise in March. So far this season, the team has underachieved a bit as it won 22 of its first 32 games including a win against a ranked Kansas team. However, the team was in a First Four game last season and is in it again for the second straight season so the team has been almost exactly the same as last year’s. On the bright side, the team enters this tournament in good form as it has won three of its last four games despite dropping a game in the conference tournament to Oregon.
The Arizona State Sun Devils are led by freshman guard Luguentz Dort who has been unbelievable in his brief college career thus far. Dort entered college as a five-star prospect hand he shocked some experts when he chose to go to Arizona State instead of schools like Michigan State. However, that move appears to have been paying off as he has been lighting it up for the Sun Devils. He is currently averaging a team-leading 16.1 points per game. However, he has been rather inefficient as he is only shooting 40.3% from the floor and 31.5% from the three point line. Arizona State has a ton of weapons on the roster but Dort is, by far, the most talented player on the roster.
Coach Hurley believes that starting guard Remy Martin will be ready for action in this game despite suffering a groin injury in the team’s last game against Oregon.
“He’s had a few days and he’s got after it in treatment. And we had our meat-and-potatoes practice this morning, and he was moving great and he was in every drill. So we anticipate he’ll be ready to go tomorrow,” Hurley said.
St. John’s Sneaks Into The NCAA Tournament
This season, St. John’s was expected to build upon last year behind some veteran leadership and to become a lot more competitive in the Big East. So far this season, the team has achieved that goal as it is currently 21-12 and even managed to make it into the NCAA tournament for the first time since 2015. However, the team has been awful down the stretch as it has lost four of its last five games including a loss to Marquette in the team’s last game. In that game, St. John’s offense played terribly as it only scored 54 points on less than 33% from the floor. However, the team did just enough to get into the dance and this team does have pieces to make some noise in March if all the pieces begin clicking once again.
The St. John’s Red Storm are led by junior guard Shamorie Ponds who has looked great so far this season. Last season, Ponds averaged 21.6 points per game along with 4.7 assists. So far this season, he has played well once again as he leads the team in points per game and assists per game. Ponds is currently averaging 19.5 points per game along with 5.2 assists as he has embraced the leadership role on this team. In my opinion, Ponds is one of the most underrated players in the entire country, and he will look to put on a show in the NCAA tournament.
St. John’s forward Marvin Clark II believes that his previous experience in the NCAA tournament will have a major impact on the team’s success because it allows the team to know what to expect.
“I think that experience helps us a ton being, this being my third time being in the tournament throughout my career. Every game, it’s a whole new season, but every game it’s your last game. And you really should be overcome with energy. It should never be a point where you’re tired or focused or worried about being tired,” Clark II said.
- Red Storm are 0-5 ATS in their last 5 NCAA Tournament games.
- Red Storm are 1-5 ATS in their last 6 vs. Pacific-12.
- Red Storm are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games overall.
- Sun Devils are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 games following a straight up loss.
- Sun Devils are 5-1 ATS in their last 6 games following an ATS loss.
- Sun Devils are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 Wednesday games.
The Bottom Line What to bet on this game.
Full-Game Side Bet
Overall, Arizona State is a really solid team and is significantly more consistent than St. John’s. These teams are also headed in opposite directions as Arizona State finished the regular season on a relative high note while St. John’s struggled so badly down the stretch that it almost missed the tournament. Both teams’ offenses will likely give each other fits but I think that Arizona State will blow this game open in the second half as the Sun Devils cover this spread.
Prediction: Arizona State -1.5
Full-Game Total Pick
Both teams have the ability to score a lot of points and I think that their respective defenses are below average. I expect both teams to come out swinging in this one and to try getting out in transition for easy buckets on offense. I personally think that this total is high for a good reason as both teams have the ability to score at least 80 points by themselves. As a result, I recommend the over in this one.
Prediction: Over 154