St. John’s Red Storm vs. Cincinnati Bearcats

The St. John’s Red Storm and the Cincinnati Bearcats meet on Wednesday in a Big East college basketball action.  The Bearcats are -3.5 point favorites over the Red Storm with an over/under point total set at 132.5.

The St. John’s Red Storm are suffering through a disappointing season as Steve Lavin’s health problems have seemingly deflated their confidence. St. John’s is 4-7 in Big East play, 8-5 at home this season, and in a four way tie for 10th place in the conference. D’Angelo Harrison is averaging 16.7 points, Maurice Harkless is averaging 16.2 points and 8.7 rebounds, and God’sgift Achiuwa is averaging 10.4 points and 6.3 rebounds. As a team St. John’s is averaging 67.7 points and they are shooting 42.9 percent while defensively they are allowing 70 points and their opponents are shooting 42.9 percent. St. John’s is looking at a lost season but with a strong finish they have a chance to make the NIT and with their young core the future looks bright.

The Cincinnati Bearcats ended their three game losing streak last time out with a home win against DePaul and now Mick Cronin’s team looks to make it two in a row. Cincinnati is 6-4 in Big games, 5-3 on the road this season, and in a three way tie for fifth place in the conference standings. Sean Kilpatrick is averaging 15.4 points and 4.8 rebounds, Dion Dixon is averaging 13.7 points, Yancy Gates is averaging 12.6 points and 9.2 rebounds, and Cashmere Wright is averaging 10.7 points and 4.8 assists. As a team Cincinnati is averaging 69.4 points and they are shooting 42.1 percent while defensively they are allowing 60.4 points and their opponents shoot 41.5 percent. Cincinnati plays a style that can knock teams off their game which makes them dangerous in the NCAA Tournament.

St. John’s is 2-5 against the spread following a game which they didn’t cover, 4-1 against the spread following a double digit home loss, and 1-4 against the spread in their last five home games. Cincinnati is 5-1 against the spread in their last six road games, 8-3 against the spread following a game which they didn’t cover, and 8-0 against the spread in their last eight Wednesday games. The underdog has covered four in a row in this series.

Cincinnati is favored on the road here and while laying points on the road isn’t usually a great idea in the Big East, betting St. John’s has been a worse idea.

Pick

Cincinnati Bearcats -3.5 St. John’s Red Storm

February 8, 2012 by : Posted in College Basketball, March Madness, Sportsbook No Comments

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