Can the 9th-ranked St. John’s Red Storm put a dark cloud over the 8th-ranked and 2.5-point favorite San Diego State Aztecs in their March Madness round of 64 betting tilt tonight from the Time Warner Cable Arena in Charlotte, North Carolina?
St. John’s can shoot the ball with the best of them thanks to their pair of NBA-caliber guards in D’Angelo Harrison (17.5 points, 5.4 rebounds) and Sir’Dominic Pointer (13.5 points, 7.6 rebounds). The Red Storm have four players, Rysheed Jordan and Phil Greene IV are the others, who average more than 13 points a game. If this game is in the 70s, it favors the Johnnies. They are 14-2 in such contests.
The Aztecs will have to use their experience to handle the Red Storm. Their three fifth-year seniors — J.J. O’Brien, Dwayne Polee II and Aqeel Quinn will be the edge they need to win today. O’Brien averages 10.1 points and 5.2 rebounds, Polee 7.6 points and 2.5 rebounds and Quinn 11.1 points and 2.8 rebounds. SDSU will have to use their defense to win this tilt. The Aztecs held 21 opponents at or below 40% field-goal shooting.
St. John’s Red Storm Vs San Diego State Aztecs Odds & Final Score Prediction
Matchup: (9) St. John’s Red Storm vs (8) San Diego State Aztecs
Date: Mar. 20, 2015
Start Time: 9:40 p.m. ET
Location: Charlotte, North Carolina
Stadium: Time Warner Cable Arena
TV Info: CBS
Radio: St John’s Vs San Diego State
Point Spread: Aztecs -2.5
Game Total: 120
St. John’s Projected March Madness Starting Lineup:
- G D’Angelo Harrison, 6-4, Sr., 17.8 ppg, 5.5 rpg
- G Phil Greene IV, 6-2, Sr., 13.3 ppg, 3.2 rpg
- F Sir’Dominic Pointer, 6-6, Sr., 13.7 ppg, 7.6 rpg, 3 apg
- F Rysheed Jordan, 6-4, So., 14.1 ppg, 3.7 rpg
- F Chris Obekpa, 6-10, Fr., 5.9 ppg, 6.9 rpg
- Coach: Steve Lavin (fifth season)
San Diego State Projected March Madness Starting Lineup:
- G Ageel Quinn, 6-3, Sr., 11.0 ppg, 2.8 rpg
- G Trey Kell, 6-4, Fr., 6.2 ppg, 2.9 rpg
- F Winston Shepard, 6-8, Jr., 11.1 ppg, 5.1 rpg
- F J.J. O’Brien, 6-7, Sr., 9.9 ppg, 5.3 rpg
- F Skylar Spencer, 6-10, Jr., 3.7 ppg, 5.1 rpg
- Coach: Steve Fisher (16th season)
The Red Storm enter to this game with two losses in a row against. The first against Villanova in their last regular season game and finally against Providence in the Big East tournament. St. John’s has a 21-11 record this season, 13-13-2 against the spread and 5-8 against teams that are in the 2015 March Madness.
Led by senior guard D’Angelo Harrison (17.5 PPG, 5.4 RPG, 1.9 APG) and sophomore guard Rysheed Jordan (14.3 PPG, 3.7 RPG, 3.1 APG), the Red Storm average 71.2 points per game (78th), 12.6 assists per game (176th), shooting 44.1% from the field. Their defense allows 67.4 points per game (198th), and grabs 35.4 rebounds per game (120th).
“San Diego State prefers an up-tempo style of play, similar to ours,” the St. John’s coach Steve Lavin said. “My quick snapshot, before we start doing our film work, is that it will be an up-tempo affair.”
The Aztecs lost to the Wyoming Cowboys in the Mountain West championship game. They finished the season 26-8, 14-18 against the spread and 4-5 against teams invited to the Big Dance. San Diego State is led by junior forward Winston Shepard (11.1 PPG, 5.3 RPG, 1.9 APG) and senior guard Aqeel Quinn (11.1 PPG, 2.8 RPG, 1.5 APG), and the team scores 61.8 PPG (305th), shooting 41.9% from the field (263rd), and recording 10.6 assists per game (304th). Their defense average 53.2 points per game against (3rd) while grabbing 35.2 rebounds per game (131st).
“I know they’re athletic,” Aztecs coach Steve Fisher said about St. John’s. “They will play hard. They have some very good wins in the Big East, and they will be a formidable opponent.”
The Red Storm are 4-9 ATS in their last 13 games following a SU loss, 0-5-1 ATS in their last 6 Friday games, 0-4 ATS in their last 4 NCAA Tournament games, but 7-2 ATS in their last 9 games as an underdog of 0.5-6.5 points and 3-1-1 ATS in their last 5 neutral site games.
The Aztecs are 2-6 ATS in their last 8 games following a SU loss, 2-5 ATS in their last 7 games as a favorite, 2-5 ATS in their last 7 games overall, 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games vs. a team with a winning SU record, but 6-0 ATS in their last 6 Friday games and 6-2 ATS in their last 8 neutral site games.