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Big East Tournament - Providence Friars face St. John's Red Storm: NCAA basketball odds preview and stats

Providence FriarsSt. John's Red Storm
20-11March 13, 2014, 03:30 | Madison Square Garden20-11

The St. John's Red Storm hope to be lousy hosts on Thursday as the Providence Friars pay a visit to Madison Square Garden on the college basketball betting menu.

The Friars will try to spoil to the party on Thursday; they are 15-14-1 ATS against the number this season, while the Red Storm are 13-16 ATS. Providence is 18-12 on the totals; St. John's is 12-15-2.View Providence Friars vs St. John's Red Storm Odds and Stats.

If you were backing the visitors in this one, the Friars were listed as 5.5-point underdogs earlier in the day at Bovada.

The Red Storm sit at No. 53 in the current college hoops power poll here at Odds Shark, while the Friars sit at No. 144 on the same chart.

Last time out for Providence, they were an 88-73 loser as they battled Creighton on the road. They failed to cover in the match as a 11.5-point underdog. Bryce Cotton scored 23 points in a futile effort to lead the Friars to a win (they lost 88-73 to Creighton at CenturyLink Center on Saturday).

St. John's won its last outing, a 91-90 result against Marquette on March 8. They covered in that game as a 3-point underdog. Jakarr Sampson scored 20 points leading the Red Storm to a 91-90 victory over Marquette at Bradley Center on Saturday.

How They Match Up:
Scoring and defensive stats point to some edges in this matchup. The game features St. John's's No. 102-ranked scoring average of 72.61 PPG, against a Friars defense rated No. 125 and allowing 69.61 PPG. The Red Storm FG% has averaged 44.95% to date this season, more than the Friars shooters have managed so far (42.49% per game).

A few Friars at Red Storm trends to consider:
Providence is 4-2 ATS in its last 6 games
Providence is 4-2 SU in its last 6 games
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Providence's last 5 games
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Providence's last 6 games on the road
St. John's is 9-3 ATS in its last 12 games
St. John's is 8-2 SU in its last 10 games
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of St. John's's last 5 games
St. John's is 4-2 ATS in its last 6 games at home