Julian Champagne and St. John’s Red Storm wrapped up the Big East season at home at Carnesecca Arena when they host Xavier Musketeers at 6:30 p.m. EST.
Both teams were trending in the wrong direction ahead of Sunday’s Pick. The Musketeers have lost four straight games, including an 86-73 home loss to St.John’s on February 16 when Champagnie led all scorers with 27 points.
Meanwhile, Red Storm have now lost twice in a row after two straight wins, including a tough loss to DePaul in Chicago 99-94.
While Xavier was placed in the predicted 9th seed in the NCAA Tournament, St.John’s was outside looking in. Can a home win and a few more put them in a potentially big spot?
Here are the latest odds at WynnBET Sportsbook.
Earlier today, BetSided’s Joe Summers tweeted about how he supported Champagnie and the Storm tonight and detailed some compelling reasons why. St.John’s had a dominant performance in their final game, Xavier showed an inability to not only win but also cover, and Champagnie should play explosively at home in his last home game.
However, the short odds frighten me, as St. John’s absolutely feels like the right game, leading me to believe that the bettors at WynnBET may know something we don’t.
Instead, I’ll be leaning upwards at 154.5. Yes, that’s a very high number, given St. KenPom adjusted number of attack effectiveness against Red Storm (47 vs 66 overall).
The real reason I liked the last one wasn’t about St. John, it’s about Xavier.
The Musketeers have hit basically any type of defense in their last five matches. Via Analysis of CBB, their defensive ratings during that time ranked in the #1 percentile of all college basketball. Yes. It’s brutal.
Between Champagnie looking to show off, both teams playing fast and Xavier still knowing they’re a team that plays without a win, I like the pace expected for tonight to pass.
PICK: OVER 154.5 (-110)
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