Villanova Wildcats vs. St. John's Red Storm Point Spread Pick
Point spread: Villanova -4.5
The No. 8 Villanova Wildcats will look to continue their early undefeated run through the Big East with a trip to Madison Square Garden this Saturday afternoon to face the Red Storm of St. John's. Tip-off is scheduled for 1 p.m. (ET) and the game will be broadcast on FOX Sports 1.
Villanova vs. St. John's Game Overview
The Wildcats are coming off an 83-67 romp over Seton Hall this past Wednesday as eight-point road underdogs to improve to 14-1 straight-up on the year with a profitable 10-3 record against the spread. They are now 3-0 in Big East play with prior victories over Butler and Providence. The total went OVER the 141-point closing line against the Pirates and it has now gone OVER in their last five outings.
Villanova is averaging 81.3 points and shooting 46.2 percent from the field led by JayVaughn Pinkston's 16.1 points a game. He is hitting 52 percent of his shots from the floor and pulling down 5.1 rebounds a game. James Bell and Darrun Hilliard II are each scoring over 14 points a game with Bell leading the team in rebounds (5.8) and Hilliard adding 3.1 assists. Josh Hart is the team's biggest scoring threat from outside with a 46.2 shooting percentage from three point range. He is averaging 9.7 points a game.
St. John's went 9-3 SU in the nonconference portion of its schedule with losses to Wisconsin, Penn State and No. 2 Syracuse, but it is off to a rough start in the Big East with a 70-60 loss to Marquette as a 4.5-point road underdog in its conference opener followed by a 77-60 loss to Georgetown this past Saturday as a 7.5-point underdog on the road. The Red Storm have failed to cover in their last four games to fall to 4-8 ATS overall. The total has stayed UNDER in three of their last five games.
D'Angelo Harrison is St. John's leading scorer with 18.5 points a game, but he has had his issues with consistency when it comes shooting the ball with a field goal percentage of 39.6. The Red Storm are averaging 73 points a game while shooting 44.5 percent from the field and 34 percent from three-point range. The only other player scoring in double figures is Jakarr Sampson with 12 points a game. He also leads the team in rebounds with 6.6.
Villanova vs. St. John's Betting Trends
The Wildcats are 5-2 ATS in their last seven games conference games and 20-6 ATS in their last 26 games following a SU win. The total has gone OVER in their last five games on the road.
The Red Storm are 1-4 ATS in their last five games against a team from the Big East and 0-4 ATS in their last four games against a team with a SU winning record. The total has stayed UNDER in five of their last seven conference games.
Head-to-head in this matchup, the favorite is 6-1 ATS in the last seven meetings and the total has gone OVER in five of the last six games. Villanova has won the last three meetings both SU and ATS.
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The Wildcats are on a role and while it is always a risk to lay points on the road in a conference matchup, the current gap in both talent and form is just too wide to pass up a play on Villanova in this game.