The St. John’s Red Storm (13-11, 5-8 Big East) and Xavier Musketeers (17-7, 7-6) clash Wednesday for a Big East showdown in Cincinnati. Tip-off at Cintas Center is slated for 6:30 p.m. ET. Below, we look at the St. John’s vs. Xavier odds and lines, and make our expert college basketball picks, predictions and bets.
St. John’s plays at a lightning-fast tempo and is the Big East’s top-scoring team with 78.5 points per game. However, SJU has struggled in the mostly up-tempo Big East, with just five wins in 13 circuit contests.
The Red Storm is just 4-8 over their last 12 and have shot a paltry 40.6% from the field over that stretch.
The Musketeers are coming over a 74-68 win over UConn Friday. Xavier is a solid group at both ends of the floor and is usually good for a handful of stealth points in a differential at the free-throw line.
XU is 12-3 SU at home this season, but the Musketeers are just 1-6 ATS over their last seven on home hardwood.
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St. John’s at Xavier odds, spread and lines
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Money line: St. John’s +290 (bet $100 to win $290) | Xavier -380 (bet $380 to win $100)
Against the spread (ATS): St. John’s +7.5 (-105) | Xavier -7.5 (-120)
Over/Under (O/U): 149.5 (O: -112 | U: -108)
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St. John’s at Xavier odds, lines, picks and predictions
Xavier 83, St. John’s 71
A Xavier -350 tag would offer value for bettors with enough bankroll to leverage the outlay, but PASS on the current price.
Against the spread
The favorite is 4-0-1 ATS in the last five meetings between SJU and XU.
Xavier is marginally better at both ends of the floor. Add in expected edges in rebounding and free-throw attempt frequency, and the Musketeers become a solid play in this one. Both teams come in a little banged up, but the effect should be more pronounced on the Red Storm’s production.
TAKE XAVIER -7.5 (-120).
The Big East compares as a fast-tempo conference, but one with teams that play solid defense. Both fives in this match-up sport analytics that point to their offenses having more to give.
BACK THE OVER 149.5 (-112).
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