St. Johns Redman (2-0) vs Rutgers Scarlett Knights (2-0)Date : 11/16/2018
Time : 7:00 pm EST
Location : Rutgers Athletic Center, Piscataway, New Jersey
Pick, Prediction, & Preview:
St. Johns Redman vs Rutgers Scarlett Knights
The St. Johns Redman will travel to Rutgers Athletic Center in Piscataway, New Jersey, to battle the Scarlett Knights of Rutgers on Friday night at 7 pm EST. The Redman are coming off an 84-80 home win over Bowling Green as the Falcons fought hard in the first half to maintain a slim lead at the break; However, St. Johns battle back in the second half due to Shamorie Ponds (21 points) and Mustafa Heron (26 points, 6 rebounds) leading the way. The win kept the Redman undefeated on this young season, however, Rutgers also remained undefeated with a 95-66 home win over the Drexel Dragons on November 11th as they pulled away in the second half after securing a seven-point halftime lead en route to the victory.
St. Johns Redman's Latest Performance :
St. John’s was outshot from the floor as well as from the three-point arc while also be outrebounded by the Bowling Green Falcons, yet were able to come up with the slim 84-80 victory in their last outing as they were helped by 26 points from Mustapha Heron along with 21 from Ponds who remain the tip of the spear for their offense this year. Their problems have been on the defensive end to where they are allowing teams to shoot 40% from three-point range while also connecting on 43% of their shots per outing. They were met with a severe wake up call versus the Falcons and will attempt to shore up these vulnerabilities versus a Rutgers team that has a balanced attack along with potential two stars in Baker and Omoruyl.
Rutgers Scarlett Knights's Latest Performance :
Rutgers picked up their second win of the season over the Drexel Dragons due to five players scoring in double digits with Geo Baker and Eugene Omoruyl scoring 20 and 24 points, respectively, along with them winning the rebounding battle by a 40-26 margin. And while they were awful from the free throw line is missing 11 of 26 attempts, they shot over 50% from both the field, overall, as well as from the three-point arc in their contest.
Their defense allowed Drexel to shoot 42% from the field, however, the ability of the Scarlett knights to keep them off the boards proved to be valuable to the win itself. They now look to battle a St. Johns team that does not rebound very well yet scores 80 points per game.
How St. Johns Redman & Rutgers Scarlett Knights Matchup.
Vegas Odds, Offshore Odds, & Odds ATS:
St. Johns is 0-2 ATS while the OU is 1-0
Rutgers is 2-0 ATS while the OU is 2-0
In-Depth Analysis of each team:
This will be an exciting matchup as both Rutgers and St. John’s would like to continue their success early this season while also shoring up vulnerabilities on both sides of the ball. Of course, both teams will want to push the ball, thus meaning that this game could very well be an up and own affair to where the offenses will dictate. Nonetheless, expect the leaders to step up as Ponds will be ready for the challenge that Baker and Omoruyl will bring.
Against The Spread Selection: Pick: Rutgers Scarlett Knights
My reason for the pick :
I like Rutgers in what will be an in interesting game, as stated. Both teams possess scorers that can change the complexity of a game, however, look for the home team to have a more productive night on both sides of the floor as the Scarlett knights will pull out a slim victory in the end. Besides, winning has been a team effort for Rutgers thus far, which can certainly be a great thing moving forward.
Totals Selection: Pick: Over
My reason for the prediction :
I will back the over in this contest as both defenses for this game is continuing to figure things out at his early point in the season. With that being said, look for each to give up some easy jumpers to their opponent in this matchup, thus allowing two offensive teams to gain confidence and preceded to light the scoreboard up early and often.
Betting trends for St. Johns Redman:
- The Redman are 3-5 ATS in the last eight games
- The Over is 6-3 in Reedmen’s last nine games
Betting trends for Rutgers Scarlett Knights:
- The Scarlett Knights are 5-0 ATS in last five games
- The over is 4-0 in Scarlett Knights last four games