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NCAA Basketball betting line favors Red Storm over Musketeers

Xavier MusketeersSt. John's Red Storm
18-9February 25, 2014, 07:00 | Madison Square Garden18-10

The St. John's Red Storm will try to pay off for their supporters on Tuesday when they play host to the Xavier Musketeers at Madison Square Garden in NCAA basketball action.

The Red Storm bring a 18-10 record (12-14 ATS) to this tilt against the 18-9 Musketeers, who are 15-10 ATS. OVER/UNDER bettors have witnessed St. John's go 11-13-2 so far and the Musketeers go 12-13.

View Xavier Musketeers vs St. John's Red Storm Odds and Stats.

The Musketeers were listed as 6-point underdogs at many online sportsbooks, including Sportsbook.ag.

According to new college basketball power rankings here, it's the No. 30-ranked Red Storm and the No. 219-rated Musketeers in this matchup.

Last time out for Xavier, they were a 74-52 loser as they battled Georgetown on the road. They failed to cover in the match as a 2-point underdog. Xavier was run off the court by the Hoyas on Saturday as Georgetown routed them 74-52 at Verizon Center.

St. John's was a 57-54 loser in their most recent outing on the road against Villanova. They covered the 8.5-point spread as underdogs. St. John's suffered a 57-54 loss against Villanova on Saturday, getting 15 points from D'Angelo Harrison in a losing effort at Villanova Pavilion.

How They Match Up:
The game also pits St. John's's No. 112-ranked offense, averaging 72.68 PPG, against a Musketeers defense that ranks No. 83 at 67.44 PPG. The Red Storm field goal percentage has averaged 44.87% so far, less than the Musketeers marksmen have achieved on the year, 47.64% per game.

A few Musketeers at Red Storm trends to consider:
Xavier is 2-6 ATS in its last 8 games
Xavier is 13-6 SU in its last 19 games
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Xavier's last 7 games
Xavier is 8-4 ATS in its last 12 games on the road
St. John's is 8-1 ATS in its last 9 games
St. John's is 6-1 SU in its last 7 games
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of St. John's's last 5 games
St. John's is 5-1 ATS in its last 6 games at home

Next up:
Xavier home to Creighton, Saturday, March 1st
St. John's at DePaul, Sunday, March 2nd