The Villanova Wildcats travel to Carnesecca Arena as they take on the St. John's Red Storm in a Big East matchup on Friday night. Villanova owns a 9-10 record and snapped its three-game losing streak last time out. On Jan. 16, the Wildcats beat Georgetown 77-73. St. John's is currently 13-6 on the year and has won two straight. The Red Storm upset No. 15 UConn 85-74 last Sunday.
Tipoff from the Carnesecca Arena in New York is set for 7 p.m. ET. Caesars Sportsbook lists the the Red Storm as 3.5-point favorites in the latest Villanova vs. St. John's odds, while the over/under for total points scored is 150. Before making any St. John's vs. Villanova picks, be sure to check out the college basketball predictions and betting advice from the SportsLine Projection Model.
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Now, the model has set its sights on Villanova vs. St. John's and just locked in its picks and CBB predictions. You can visit SportsLine now to see the model's picks. Here are the college basketball odds and betting lines for St. John's vs. Villanova:
- Villanova vs. St. John's spread: Red Storm -3.5
- Villanova vs. St. John's over/under 150 points
- Villanova vs. St. John's money line: Red Storm -180, Wildcats +152
- SJU: Over is 4-1 in Red Storm's last five overall
- NOVA: Over is 13-3 in Wildcats' last 16 road games vs. a team with a winning home record
- Villanova vs. St. John's picks: See picks at SportsLine
Why St. John's can cover
Senior center Joel Soriano is a legitimate anchor in the paint. Soriano has been a bruising force down low who consistently gains position for boards and easy looks at the rim. The New York native has a soft touch and owns solid post moves. Soriano is third in the nation in rebounds (12.1) while ranking fourth in the Big East in scoring (16.5). He's tallied five straight double-doubles. In his last outing, Soriano finished with 19 points and 13 rebounds.
Junior guard Andre Curbelo provides the Red Storm with a shifty and agile playmaker in the backcourt. Curbelo has elite quickness and plays with great anticipation when scanning the floor. The Puerto Rico native ranks sixth in the conference in assists (5) to go along with 10 points per game. He's dished out at least six assists in four of his last seven matchups.
Why Villanova can cover
Junior forward Eric Dixon is a downhill scorer who has terrific power down low. Dixon knows how to create space from defenders to pair with his smooth mid-range jumper. He ranks sixth in the Big East in points (16.3) while leading the team in rebounds (6.4). The Pennsylvania native has dropped 20-plus in two of his past three matchups. Dixon tallied a double-double with 22 points and 10 boards on Jan. 10.
Senior forward Brandon Slater plays with plenty of energy. Slater is constantly cutting to the basket and plays superb defense on the other end. He's putting up 10.9 points and 5.2 rebounds per game. Slater dropped 15 points and five rebounds in his last matchup.
How to make St. John's vs. Villanova picks
SportsLine's model is leaning Over on the total, projecting 151 combined points. It also says one side of the spread hits well over 50% of the time. You can only get the model's pick at SportsLine.
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