The DePaul Blue Demons will host the St. John’s Red Storm in a Big East clash Saturday afternoon from the Wintrust Arena. The Red Storm were tagged with an 82-68 road loss at Marquette on Tuesday night, and the Blue Demons dropped an 83-68 home decision to Creighton in their latest bout. St. John's recorded a 74-67 home win against DePaul earlier this month.
St. John's Plummets to Last Place in Big East
The St. John’s Red Storm enter this one in last place in the entire Big East with a 1-6 record. They have not been able to find their shooting touch in conference play and rank near the bottom of DI in many offensive categories. The Red Storm have now lost three straight games. They were eight-point dogs in an 82-68 road loss to Marquette on Tuesday night.
LJ Figueroa has struggled with his accuracy in Big East play but is starting to improve, and scored 16 points on 7 for 13 shooting in Saturday’s loss to Seton Hall. The junior guard has eclipsed 20 points four times this season and is now logging 14.6 PPG on 37% shooting. Mustapha Heron has drained six three’s in his last two games. The senior guard owns a solid 38% clip from beyond the arc and he enters this one with an average of 14 PPG. Rasheem Dunn went 4 for 15 for 12 points in Tuesday’s defeat. The junior guard was playing well prior to his latest effort, and he is currently posting 11.9 PPG.
The Red Storm are positioned 79th in the country in Ken Pomeroy’s college basketball ratings and are 0-4 on the road. St. John’s is averaging 75.4 points, ranking them 89th in DI. They are holding opponents to 69.2 points, placing them in 188th overall.
DePaul Falls to Creighton after Defeating Butler
The DePaul Blue Demons will be eager to return to the court. They were two-point favorites in an ugly 83-68 home loss to Creighton on Wednesday to dip to 1-5 in Big East play. DePaul was outstanding in the non-conference portion of their schedule which included a win against Texas Tech but have not looked the same in Big East action.
Watch for Paul Reed who is hot, sinking over 20 points in two straight games. The junior forward has racked up 13 double-doubles on the season, and he features an average of 16.3 PPG and 11.3 RPG. Charlier Moore is on a rough 6 for 28 stretch from the field in his last two games. The junior guard continues to earn a ton of assists and he is averaging 15.9 points and a team-leading 6.8 assists per game. Jalen Coleman-Lands is thriving from three-point range where he now features a 34.7% efficiency. The senior guard is averaging 11.6 PPG.
The Blue Demons are ranked 62nd overall in Ken Pomeroy’s college basketball ratings, and stand at 11-4 on their home floor. DePaul is averaging a solid 74.9 points on the season, ranking them 94th in DI. They are holding opponents to 68.1 points, placing them 154th in the country.
The St. John's Red Storm are:
- 2-7-1 ATS in their last 10 road games.
- 1-5 ATS in their last 6 games as a road underdog between 0.5 and 6.5 points.
The top supporting trends found on donbest.com are: The DePaul Blue Demons are:
- 5-2 ATS in their last 7 Saturday games.
- 10-4 ATS in their last 14 games following a double-digit home loss.