St. John’s will head to West Virginia for a road matchup in a Big East-Big 12 Battle. This is an interesting game for both schools early in the season preparing for the upcoming conference schedule, but St. John’s is favored in NCAA basketball spreads.
In the Red Storm’s last game, they went up against Holy Cross, winning big 91-45 for their second straight victory, both going over 90 points. The Mountaineers also got a crucial win against Bellarmine, winning 62-58 after losing two straight.
St. John’s: Impressive Offense
This is a big season for St. John’s, the first year that new head coach Rick Pitino is in charge. The 4-2 start has been solid with understandable losses to Michigan and Dayton. Most of the success from the team has come on the offensive end of the court, which is why NCAA basketball betting lines are siding with the Red Storm for this game.
The Red Storm are averaging 79.8 points, the fifth most in the Big East. These stats include a win over North Texas in which the team only scored 53 points. Other than that one poor offensive game, St. John’s has been great offensively, with three games already this season over 90 points, including the last two.
The offense has been headlined by Joel Soriano, who leads the team in points (16.2) and rebounds (10.3) per game. He has been a dominant force and is one of three consistent starters averaging double-digit scoring. Daniss Jenkins and Jordan Dingle are the others. Jenkins is also leading the team in assists per game at 5.8.
In the win over Holy Cross, St. John’s did not have to pull out all the stops to come out on top. None of the starters played more than 24 minutes, but Soriano still finished with 16 points and six rebounds. RJ Luis had a big game off the bench, scoring 14 points, something to potentially pay attention to in college basketball lines.
West Virginia Must Play Strong Defense
While St. John’s has been putting up some big scoring numbers, West Virginia has done the exact opposite. The Mountaineers have been relying on their defense to get wins, which has not exactly worked all the time, leading to a 3-3 record.
Defense has been the best way for West Virginia to win games, which is something important for college basketball betting. West Virginia has hit the under in five games, making that a pretty reliable option. The Mountaineers allow 62.2 points per game, the sixth lowest in the Big 12.
West Virginia averages only 62.7 points per game, the lowest in the Big 12, constantly making it hard for it to win games. In the two losses leading up to the win over Bellarmine, the Mountaineers scored 58 and 54 points.
Even with the offense not being great, to the point of drastically shifting college basketball odds, West Virginia still has two players averaging over 15 points. Quinn Slazinski leads the team with 16.3 points per game while Jesse Edwards averages 15.8 with 10.7 rebounds. In the win over Bellarmine, the two combined for 33 points.
St. John’s vs West Virginia Game Information
- Game: St. John’s (4-2) vs West Virginia (3-3)
- Location: WVU Coliseum, Morgantown, WV
- Day/Time: Friday, Dec. 1, 7:00 p.m. ET
- St. John’s vs West Virginia Live Stream: TBS.com
St. John’s vs West Virginia Betting Lines
St. John’s vs West Virginia Best Bet
Both teams play a different style of basketball, which makes this game intriguing for college basketball picks. This game can be boiled down to if St. John’s offense can outwork West Virginia’s defense.
In this game, it should. St. John’s is coming off a big victory, with the offense hot and ready to face a strong West Virginia defense. But neither team will put up enough points to hit the over.
College Basketball Best Bet: Under 144 (Ev)
Questions Of The Day
Which player do you think is poised to score the most 3-pointers?
St. John’s has by far the better offense of these two teams, which gives them a scoring advantage, and it should make more threes.
Which player could top rank for the most points?
Joel Soriano is leading the St. John’s offense, which is much more efficient than West Virginia’s, making him the potential highest scorer in the game.