St. John’s takes on Villanova in action in the second round of the last Big East Tournament in Madison Square Garden. Get college basketball odds from Oddsmaker sportsbook.
St. John’s (16-14, 8-10) has definitely stepped down in talent and production from a year ago but still managed to win eight conference games. Coming down the stretch the Red Storm lost their last four and only really have three quality wins in the conference (Cincinnati, Notre Dame, Connecticut). In their only matchup with Villanova, the Wildcats outlasted them and won by 12 in overtime.
Despite not being as successful as previous Villanova (19-12, 10-8) squads, they were competitive in almost all of their games and knocked off a bunch of top-tier teams on their home floor. Towards the end of the year, it was almost commonplace when the Wildcats beat top-5 ranked Georgetown by double digits. Other big home victories came against Louisville, Syracuse and Marquette. With that said, ‘Nova dropped games that they probably shouldn’t have lost against Seton Hall and then twice to Providence. The guard play of Villanova has been their staple for the past couple seasons and is no different this year behind Ryan Arcidiacono and Darrun Hilliard.
When it comes to playing against the spread, Villanova has been a terrific team to beat on in most occasions this season. Overall, the Wildcats are 18-9-1 and are 12-6 in conference games. Coming off of victories, Villanova is an astounding 11-5 and a perfect 6-0-1 when playing with more than four days off. St. John’s is 12-13 ATS but 7-5 after a loss. In conference games, St. John’s is a solid 10-8 ATS.
For me, Villanova is just too good for the Red Storm and really has a legitimate chance to get to the semi-finals as the 7-seed. They have shown they can do some damage against quality teams and I think Jay Wright will have these guys ready to go, as a coach who has definitely earned his stripes come tournament time. Just see his Final Four run in 2009 so take the Wildcats but first get sports odds.