- UConn is a four-point road favorite over St. John’s on Sunday
- The game will be played at Madison Square Garden in New York
- A look at matchup and odds can be found below with a pick
#24 Connecticut will try to get back on the winning track when it visits St. John’s in a Big East game at 12:00 p.m. ET Sunday at Madison Square Garden in New York.
UConn (16-7/7-5 Big East/3-4 road) lost for the third time in its last four games Friday when it dropped a 74-68 decision at Xavier. St. John’s (13-10/5-7 Big East/10-5 home) had its two-game winning streak end by losing to Villanova 75-69 on Tuesday at the Garden.
UConn vs St. John’s Odds
|Connecticut||-182||-4 (-110)||Over 150.5 (-110)|
|St. John’s||+150||+4 (-110)||Under 150.5 (-110)|
Odds as of February 12th at FanDuel.
UConn is a four-point favorite in a game that will be televised by Fox and has an implied win probability of 64.54% as a -182 moneyline favorite.
UConn Betting Outlook
UConn has been the losing side against the spread in four of its last five games, dropping its season record to 11-12, including 3-4 in road games.
Senior guard R.J. Cole led UConn with 22 points against Xavier. It was his seventh 20-point game of the season and third in the last five game.
— NCAA Buzzer Beaters & Game Winners (@NCAABuzzerBters) February 5, 2022
However, Cole couldn’t rally the Huskies from a 47-37 deficit with 13:39 left. UConn got within three points twice in the final two minutes, but Xavier held on.
Cole is averaging 16.3 points, 4.4 assists and 3.7 rebounds a game. He is fourth in the Big East in assists and fifth in scoring.
Senior Tyrese Martin added 18 points to raise his season average to 13.7. He is also pulling down 6.6 rebounds a game. Sophomore forward Adama Sanogo scored in double figures for the ninth time in 10 games by finishing with 11 points.
Sanogo is having an outstanding season with averages of 15.2 points, 8.3 rebounds and 2.0 blocked shots while shooting 52.9% from the floor. He is second in the conference in rebounding and field goal percentage.
Adama Sanogo with the steal…Adama Sanogo with the bucket! AND 1! pic.twitter.com/RP5MZPTDSK
— Bballmali (@bballmali) February 5, 2022
Cole and Sanogo played a combined 18 minutes in the first half because of foul trouble.
UConn shot just 38.3%, making 23 of its 60 field goal attempts.
St. John’s Betting Outlook
St. John’s is 10-12-1 ATS in 2021-22, including a weak 4-10-1 mark at home. However, the Red Storm is 4-1-1 in its last six games against the number after pushing as a six-point underdog against Villanova.
Senior forward Aaron Wheeler poured in a career-high 31 points – 14 more than he had ever scored in a college game – but it wasn’t enough to help St. John’s win. Wheeler made 6 of 10 shots from three-point range.
Aaron Wheeler should be a lottery pick pic.twitter.com/0J0mYQa5Ha
— Barstool St. John’s (@SJUBarstool) February 9, 2022
Like UConn, St. John’s couldn’t pull off a big comeback win. The Red Storm trailed 66-46 with just under four minutes to go but cut the deficit to 72-69 with 35 seconds remaining before being fended off by Villanova.
Wheeler has a 9.6 scoring average. However, the Purdue transfer has been in double figures in 10 of the last 11 games after doing so only once in the first 11 games.
St. John’s played without sophomore point guard Posh Alexander, who injured his ankle in the previous game against Butler. He sat on the bench in a walking boot Tuesday and is questionable for Sunday.
Alexander is averaging 14.9 points, 5.2 assists, 4.6 rebounds and 2.5 steals.
Junior wing Julian Champagnie had 12 points but shot just 4 of 15 while hampered by hip and finger injuries. At 18.5 points a game, Champagnie is second in the conference in scoring, while also averaging 6.6 rebounds and 1.8 steals.
Solid out from Julian Champagnie against Georgetown. Put up 27 points (9-20 FG, 6-12 3PT) while displaying his tough shotmaking (off-the-dribble and off-movement) pic.twitter.com/fZckUT83Ul
— Zach Milner (@ZachMilner13) February 7, 2022
Stef Smith added 11 points in his first double-digit scoring game since Dec. 9. Fellow senior guard Montez Mathis made just 1 of 14 field goal attempts and finished with two points.
St. John’s shot 32.0% (24 of 75), including 27.3% (9 of 33) from three-point range. The Red Storm did force 16 turnovers while committing nine.
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UConn vs St. John’s Prediction
Connecticut beat St. John’s 86-76 on Jan. 12 at home after losing four of its previous five games against the Red Storm.
Sanogo had a huge game for the Huskies with 26 points, 18 rebounds and six blocks while Cole contributed 19 points and eight assists. St. John’s was led by Champagnie’s 27 points.
UConn looked like a legit threat to win the Big East two weeks ago but is not struggling. Go with St. John’s and the point at MSG.
- The Pick: St. John’s +4 (-110)
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