St. John’s Red Storm vs. Notre Dame Fighting Irish
The St. John’s Red Storm and the Notre Dame Fighting Irish face off in Big East college basketball action on Saturday afternoon. The Fighting Irish are -6.5 point favorites over the red Storm with an over/under point total set at 129.5.
The St. John’s Red Storm are trying to finish the season strong but it has been a disappointing year for Steve Lavin’s team as they aren’t going to finish above .500. SJU is 5-10 in the Big East, 10-6 at home this season, in 11th place in the conference standings, and 0-7 against teams ranked in the top 25. D’Angelo Harrison is averaging 17.1 points, Maurice Harkless is averaging 15.6 points and 8.7 rebounds, and God’sgift Achiuwa is averaging 9.3 points and 5.6 rebounds. As a team the Red Storm is averaging 67.2 points and they are shooting 42.1 percent while defensively they are allowing 71 points and their opponents are shooting 43.9 percent. St. John’s has won their last two games in a row and this is their final home game of the season though the conference tourney is in their backyard.
The Notre Dame Fighting Irish are finishing the season with a full head of steam as Mike Brey’s team has won nine games in a row and are surging up the national rankings. ND is 12-3 in the Big East, 15-1 at home this season, and they are tied for second place in the conference. Jerian Grant is averaging 13.1 points and 4.9 assists, Eric Atkins is averaging 13 points and 4.0 rebounds, and Jack Cooley is averaging 12.2 points and 9.2 rebounds. As a team Notre Dame is averaging 68.3 points and they are shooting 44 percent while defensively they are allowing 61.6 points and their opponents are shooting 40.4 percent. The Fighting Irish still have a chance to win the conference but they are going to need some help.
St. John’s is 3-9 against the spread following a win, 3-8 against the spread following a cover, and 6-2 against the spread in their last eight games against Notre Dame. Notre Dame is 8-1 against the spread in their last nine games overall, 21-8 against the spread in their last 29 Big East games, and 4-0 against the spread in their last four road games. The home team has covered four of the last five games in this series.
I am going with the over 129.5 in this game and feel quite comfortable with that pick.