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St. Johns Cincinnati Betting Predictions – Struggling Red Storm Goes On The Road

Posted by Washington Tucker on 1/3/2013 5:52:59 PM

The Saint John's Red Storm are working through a very difficult season. They will try to find some inspiration and magic when they go to Cincinnati to take on the Bearcats.

St. John's Red Storm @ Cincinnati Bearcats – Saturday, January 5
Betting line: No line

Why St. John's Will Win

It's likely that mma betting experts who follow college basketball on the side are aware of the inconsistency of the Cincinnati Bearcats. Though unbeaten as of Christmas Day, the Bearcats are not yet a truly elite team. They have their share of strengths, but they also own a fair amount of weaknesses. On Dec. 27, the Bearcats lost at home to New Mexico, scoring only 54 points and wasting a great defensive effort. Cincinnati lost when guard Sean Kilpatrick's game-winning 15-foot shot attempt was blocked by New Mexico's Alex Kirk just before the final horn. The Bearcats, once ranked eighth but now out of the top 10, will need to tweak their low-post offense if they want to remain in the top tier of the Big East over the next few months. This team can struggle to score, enduring prolonged scoring droughts, so for a Saint John's team that is not extremely flinty at the defensive end of the floor, Cincinnati could be the perfect opponent, a get-well tonic of sorts.

The Red Storm, playing a team that is inconsistent offensively, could pull off the upset if their best player can go off and produce one of his best games of the season. D'Angelo Harrison, a 6-3 sophomore guard, is averaging – yes, averaging – over 22 points per game, dazzling the Big East with his athleticism and skill. If Harrison can put this team on his back and throw down 30 points, the rest of the Red Storm won't have to feel overly burdened against Cincinnati's imposing defense. Moreover, if Harrison is hitting shots left and right, Cincinnati will likely have to provide help defense. The Red Storm can then rotate the ball out of double-teams against Harrison and find other open men for good shots.

Why Cincinnati Will Win

When college basketball betting students assess this tilt, they'll contend that while college football betting players often fixate on high-profile games, it's the everyday rhythm of the season that needs to be accounted for when making a betting pick. Yes, Cincinnati did lose that high-profile game at home against New Mexico. Yes, this team needs to get better at the offensive end of the floor. However, when viewed in full, Cincinnati is a far better team than Saint John's is. The Bearcats did shrug off the New Mexico loss, winning at Pittsburgh this past Monday in a defensive grinder. Saint John's, for its part, lost to a not-very-good Villanova squad this past Wednesday. The Johnnies sorely miss former assistant coach (and last year's interim coach due to boss Steve Lavin's health problems) Mike Dunlap, who is now the head coach of the NBA's Charlotte Bobcats. Cincinnati has been more consistent all season. Don't let one loss to New Mexico transform your view of the Bearcats.

Who Will Win

Cincinnati is too physical and active for Saint John's. The Bearcats should be able to wear down the Red Storm at both ends of the floor and pull away in the final 10 minutes.

College Basketball Betting Pick: Cincinnati

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