DePaul Blue Demons (9-5) vs St. John's Red Storm (14-2)Date : 01/12/2019
Time : 6:00 PM
Location : Carnesecca Arena
Pick, Prediction, & Preview:
DePaul Blue Demons vs St. John's Red Storm
The St. John’s Red Storm are set to return home to the Carnesecca Arena after playing 2 consecutive games on the road and they will play host to the DePaul Blue Demons in a Big East clash, the opening tipoff is set for 6:00 PM. St. John’s has been one of the top teams in the conference during the early portion of the season while DePaul has started Big East play 1-2.
DePaul Blue Demons's Latest Performance :
DePaul has been the laughing stock of the Big East ever since they joined the confernece and reasonably so as they have not made the NCAA Tournament since the 2003-2004 season, but it may be time to start taking the Blue Demons serious as they are vastly improved this year. DePaul was able to obtain their 1st conference win this past weekend as they beat a good Seton Hall team at home 75-74. Leading the way for the Blue Demons was senior guard Max Strus as he recorded 21 points and 5 assists in the win, Strus has been stellar for Dave Leitao and company as he averages 18.8 PPG and 7.2 RPG. The 2nd leading scorer for the Blue Demons is senior Eli Cain but he was unable to get much generated against Seton Hall as he only dropped 6 points in 28 minutes of playing time, Cain averages 13.7 PPG. The forwards of DePaul have been a huge reason behind the team’s success during the early portion of the season and we saw that on display against Seton Hall. Sophomore forward Jaylen Butz and Paul Reed put together the same stat lines as they recorded 12 points and 9 rebounds which is indicative of their season as Reed averages 8.9 PPG and 7.1 RPG while Butz averages 8.3 PPG and 6.1 RPG. Joining the sophomore duo in the frontcourt is senior Femi Olujobi who is 1 of 3 Blue Demons to record at least 10+ PPG as he has averaged 10.3.
St. John's Red Storm's Latest Performance :
Chris Mullin may have flipped the page in his short tenure as he has not yet had a winning season since he joined St. John’s back in 2015, and given the state of the Big East they might have a chance to win the conference. St. John’s started conference play 2-0 but they acquired their first loss in their latest outing against the Villanova Wildcats 76-71. Junior guard Shamori Ponds has made himself into an NBA prospect and we saw why against Villanova as he recorded 23 points and 6 assists. Ponds was a top recruit when he came out of high school and he has lived up to those expectations for Mullin especially this year as he averages 20.6 PPG and 6 RPG. The strong guard play doesn’t stop at Ponds either as Justin Simon and L.J. Figueroa have been solid all season long. Simon is the 5th leading scorer for the Red Storm but he has developed an all-around game as he averages 10.4 PPG, 5.3 RPG, and 3.6 APG, Simon was able to record 13 points, 9 assists, and 6 rebounds against the Wildcats. The Red Storm don’t really play any forwards as the tallest guy that gets minutes is 6’6 but L.J. Figueroa has been a rebounding machine for Mullin and company as he averages 14.3 PPG and 6.9 RPG. Auburn transfer Mustapha Heron was unable to get much going for St. John’s as he was only held to 8 points which is well below his 15.1 PPG he averages on the season.
How DePaul Blue Demons & St. John's Red Storm Matchup.
Vegas Odds, Offshore Odds, & Odds ATS:
DePaul is 7-6-1 ATS, 1-1-1 ATS on the road.
St. John’s is 7-7-1 ATS, 3-4 ATS at home.
In-Depth Analysis of each team:
St. John’s ranks 24th in the nation in team scoring as they score an average of 83.9 PPG while DePaul ranks 111th as they score an average of 76.7 PPG.
DePaul ranks 145th in the nation in team defense as they hold opponents to an average of 70.1 PPG while St. John’s ranks 200th as they hold opponents to an average of 72.1 PPG
Against The Spread Selection: St. John's Red Storm
My reason for the pick :
St. John’s is one of my favorite teams to watch in college basketball as they have some sensational guards and play a fast pace game. Shamori Ponds has been as good as a story as anyone in college basketball and given his current trend I don’t see the Blue Demons stopping him. The one area that DePaul can really hurt the Red Storm is down low as they play up to 3 guys at a time who are at least 6’6 while St. John’s doesn’t have anyone over that height. St. John’s is currently scoring at will as they rank inside the top 25 and given the fact that they are playing on their home court they should have no problem scoring in front of their own fans. St. John’s continues to roll in the Big East with a win here.
Betting trends for DePaul Blue Demons:
- DePaul is 1-4-1 ATS with 4+ days off this season.
Betting trends for St. John's Red Storm:
- St. John’s is 3-0-1 ATS in Big East matchups this season.