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#7951 St. John's vs.
#7952 Villanova
Tuesday, February 23, 2021 at 9:00pm EST
Written by Bosun Akinpelu

The St. John’s Red Storm will be trying to pull off the upset when they face the Villanova Wildcats on Tuesday night. The Red Storm are coming off an 88-83 loss to DePaul as 11-point favorites. The Wildcats are coming off a 68-60 win over UConn as 7.5-point favorites.

Villanova is 7-3 in its last 10 games against St. John’s.

Red Storm Going For Series Sweep

The Red Storm defeated the then third-ranked Wildcats convincingly in their first meeting, getting a 70-59 win over their rivals. They will be trying to get the series sweep and knock the Wildcats from the top of the Big East standings when they play on Tuesday.

St. John’s is one of the better offensive teams in the country, averaging 80.1 points per game. They finished with 83 points in their last game, making 33.8 percent of their field goals and 36.4 percent of their three-pointers.

Julian Champagnie led the way for St. John’s with 29 points and seven rebounds. Isaih Moore finished with 16 points and six rebounds, while Dylan Addae-Wusu added 13 points and four rebounds for the Red Storm.

St. John’s hasn’t been as good defensively, giving up 77.2 points per game. They gave up 88 points in their last game and will need a significantly better effort if they want to get the win.

Wildcats Going For Second Consecutive Win

The Wildcats bounced back from their loss to Creighton with a win over UConn in their last game. They will try to keep the momentum going with a win over the Red Storm, which will give them their third win in their last four games.

Villanova has played well offensively, averaging 77.9 points per game. They finished with 68 points in their last game, making 41.5 percent of their field goals and 22.7 percent of their three-pointers.

Collin Gillespie led the way for Villanova with 20 points and six rebounds. Jeremiah Robinson-Earl finished with 17 points and 11 rebounds, while Justin Moore added 11 points and six rebounds for the Wildcats.

Villanova has also played well defensively, giving up 68.2 points per game. They gave up 60 points in their last game and will need a similar effort if they want to win this game.

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The Red Storm handed the Wildcats their first conference loss of the season, so expect the Wildcats to have payback on their minds. The Red Storm have a very good offense, but they haven’t been as sharp on the road. They have also been careless with the ball in recent games, averaging 12.3 turnovers per game in their last three games. They are facing a defense that doesn’t give up a lot of points at home and has been forcing a lot of turnovers in recent games, averaging 7.3 steals per game in their last three games, so expect the Red Storm to struggle offensively in this game. The Wildcats do a great job offensively at home, where they are averaging over 80 points per game. Even though the Red Storm did a great job defensively in their first meeting, they struggle defensively on the road and will have a hard time slowing down the Wildcats. With the Wildcats winning seven of the last 10 games between the two teams, Villanova is the best bet here.

Prediction: Villanova Wildcats -11.5

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The Red Storm are averaging 80.1 points per game and 76.5 points per game on the road. They are facing a defense that is giving up 65.4 points per game at home and will be held under their average in this game. The Wildcats are averaging 77.9 points per game and 82 points per game at home. However, they like to play at a slow pace and are ranked 301st in the country, with the team averaging 68.2 possessions per game. Even though they are facing a team that is giving up 78.2 points per game on the road, they won’t score enough points to push the score over the total. The Red Storm and Wildcats have played under the total in their last five meetings.

Prediction: Under 155
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