St. John's vs Connecticut Prediction College Basketball Picks 3/15/24

Connecticut (29-3) vs St. John's (20-12)

Game Info: Friday, March 15, 2024 at 5:30 pm (Madison Square Garden)

Betting Odds: Connecticut -9.5 -- Over/Under: 145.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds

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The Connecticut Huskies and the St. John’s Red Storm will meet in the semifinals of the Big East Tournament this Friday in New York City from Madison Square Garden on FS1. UConn enters as 9.5-point favorites, with the total hovering 145.5. Stay tuned for our St. John’s vs Connecticut Prediction. 

St. John’s Preview: Can the Red Storm Pull This Off?

St. John’s fell to 20-12 after defeating Seton Hall in the Quarterfinals, 91-72. The Red Storm defended their home floor well at MSG versus the Pirates, and they’ll attempt to pull the biggest upset in school history this Friday. St. John’s is scoring 77.0 points per game, on 44.3% shooting, while allowing 70.9 ppg, and they’re 7-3 over their previous ten games. 

St. John’s Team Profile

  • Rick Pitino’s team plays at a solid pace, averaging 71.5 possessions per game (157th), but they’ve only knocked down 32.6% of their three-point shots.
  • Veteran big man Joel Soriano remains at the heart of the St. John’s lineup, and he leads the team in scoring (16.1) and rebounding (9.7). 
  • Iona transfer Daniss Jenkins poured in a game-high 25 points in the Xavier defeat, and he’s averaging 13.9 ppg and a team-leading 5.6 apg. 
  • Former Harvard forward Chris Ledlum double-doubled in the narrow loss to Marquette, and he’s up to 9.5 ppg and 7.4 rpg.  

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Connecticut Preview: Will the Huskies Prevent the Upset?

UConn climbed to 29-3 after defeating Xavier in the Quarterfinals, 74-67. The Huskies turned things up on the Musketeers after the break, and they’ll look to avoid slipping here against the Red Storm. held off a late rally from the Golden Eagles, and they’ll look to complete another sweep here in Providence. Connecticut is scoring 81.4 points per game, on 49.5% shooting, while allowing 72.7 ppg, and and they’re 7-3 over their previous ten games. 

UConn Team Profile

  • Dan Hurley’s team uses a pass-heavy approach, averaging 68.0 possessions per game (302nd), and they’ve knocked down 36.5% of their three-point attempts.
  • Veteran guard Tristen Newton posted a double-double in the January 31st win over Providence, and he leads Connecticut in scoring (15.1), rebounding (7.1) and assists (5.9).
  • Rutgers transfer Cam Spencer hit five threes in the Marquette victory, and he’s second on the team at 14.9 ppg and 3.3 apg. 
  • Sophomore forward Alex Karaban led the way with 23 points versus Marquette, and he’s up to 14.2 ppg and 5.1 rpg. 
  • Bristol native Donovan Clingan posted a 19-point double-double in the Seton Hall victory, and he’s averaging 12.4 ppg and 6.9 rpg.

St. John’s vs UConn Trends

  • St. John’s leads the current series, 36-33, but UConn has won four of the last five meetings.  
  • SJU is 15-16 against the spread, with a 16-14-1 O/U record
  • CONN is 20-11 ATS, with a 16-15 over/under record.

St. John’s vs UConn Prediction

I want this moment so bad for Rick Pitino and St. John’s, as they’ve been thru a lot together in year one, but they’ve slowly come around over this last month of action. Tackling UConn will be no easy feat, but if the Red Storm capitalize on their home floor and keep this game close, they’ll have a chance to make use of the generous margin. The Over is an option here in case UConn’s comes out with one of “those” performances, but let’s roll the dice and spot St. John’s the points this Friday.

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