DePaul at St. John's: 2/20/21 College Basketball Picks and Prediction

DePaul at St. John's: 2/20/21 College Basketball Picks and Prediction Photo by Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports

St. John's Red Storm (14-8) vs DePaul Blue Demons (3-10)

Game Info: Saturday, February 20, 2021 at 7:30 pm (Carnesecca Arena)

Betting Odds: St. John's Red Storm -12.5 -- Over/Under: 147.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds

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The DePaul Blue Demons will travel to Carnesecca Arena to take on the St. John’s Red Storm this Saturday night in College Basketball action.

The DePaul Blue Demons lost their 5th straight game and dropped to 3-10 on the season after being defeated by the Seton Hall Pirates, 60-52, this past Wednesday. DePaul had no answers on the offensive end against Seton Hall and could not fight back after the Pirates took a 53-48 lead with 5:07 left in regulation. DePaul shot 37.7% from the field and 27.3% from beyond the arc while Seton Hall shot 37.3% from the field & 30.8% from beyond the arc. DePaul outrebounded Seton Hall by a 45-36 margin, however, lost the turnover battle by a 20-12 margin in the loss. Leading the way for the Blue Demons was Pauly Paulicap who had a double-double with 15 points, 10 rebounds, 1 block, & 1 steal.

On the season, DePaul is averaging 65.2 ppg on 41.1% shooting from the field. The Blue Demons are averaging 5.5 three-pointers per game on 31.4% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, DePaul has been led by Charlie Moore (13.7 ppg, 3.1 rpg, 4.1 apg, 1.0 spg), Javon Freeman-Liberty (13.4 ppg, 5.3 rpg, 2.9 apg, 1.7 spg), Romeo Weems (7.8 ppg, 5.1 rpg, 1.3 spg), & Pauly Paulicap (7.1 ppg, 5.8 rpg, 1.2 bpg). Both Charlie Moore (Knee) & Javon Freeman-Liberty (Undisclosed) are questionable for this matchup.

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Defensively, DePaul is allowing their opponents to average 69.7 ppg on 41.7% shooting from the field. The Blue Demons have a rebound margin of 1.6 and a turnover margin of -1.2.

The St. John’s Red Storm improved to 14-8 on the season after defeating the Xavier Musketeers, 93-84, this past Tuesday. St. John’s was lights out on the offensive end against Xavier and had a sizable lead throughout the 2nd half after going into halftime with a 46-38 lead. St. John’s shot 51.5% from the field and 37.9% from beyond the arc while Xavier shot 41.1% from the field and 27.5% from beyond the arc. St. John’s outrebounded Xavier by a 42-37 margin and committed 11 turnovers in the victory. Leading the way for the Red Storm was Julian Champagnie who had 21 points, 5 rebounds, 1 assist, & 1 steal.

On the season, St. John’s is averaging 80.0 ppg on 45.8% shooting from the field. The Red Storm are averaging 7.5 three-pointers per game on 35.9% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, St. John’s has been led by Julian Champagnie (19.8 ppg, 7.3 rpg, 1.4 apg, 1.4 spg, 1.2 bpg), Posh Alexander (11.7 ppg, 3.6 rpg, 4.5 apg, 2.6 spg), Greg Williams Jr. (9.6 ppg, 1.9 rpg, 2.3 apg, 1.5 spg), & Rasheem Dunn (8.9 ppg, 2.7 rpg, 3.9 apg, 1.4 spg).

Defensively, St. John’s is allowing their opponents to average 76.7 ppg on 46.1% shooting from the field. The Red Storm have a rebound margin of -1.9 and a turnover margin of 4.0.

The Blue Demons are 3-7 ATS in their last 10 road games vs. a team with a winning home record and 0-4 ATS in their last 4 games following a ATS win. The Red Storm are 9-1 ATS in their last 10 games overall and 6-1 ATS in their last 7 games following a straight up win.

DePaul has really struggled offensively this season as the Blue Demons rank just 299th in scoring offense, 297th in FG%, & 309th in three-pointers made per game and it is going to be hard to trust DePaul in this one to be able to do much on the offensive end, especially if they are missing their top two scorers in Charlie Moore & Javon Freeman-Liberty. St. John’s has won 7 of their last 8 games and between the fact that their 31st ranked scoring offense should find success on their home court and that I think the Red Storm will be able to force some turnovers as they rank 7th in steals per game, I think St. John’s pulls away in the 2nd half and covers this double-digit spread. Good Luck!

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