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NCAA Basketball betting line favors Red Storm over Scarlet Knights

Rutgers Scarlet KnightsSt. John's Red Storm
Jan 9, 7:00 PM | Madison Square Garden

Rutgers Scarlet Knights vs St. John's Red Storm Odds


Many eyes in the college basketball world will be on Madison Square Garden Wednesday as host St. John's looks to handle the Rutgers Scarlet Knights in NCAA hoops action.

The Red Storm are 9-5 so far on the season, and 4-5 ATS vs. the number. The Scarlet Knights, meanwhile, are 10-3 and 6-4 ATS. OVER/UNDER bettors have seen St. John's go 4-3-1 and the Scarlet Knights go 5-2 on the totals.

View Rutgers vs St Johns Odds and Stats.

Betting Line:
The Red Storm were listed as 3-point favorites at most sportsbooks tracked by Odds Shark earlier in the day. It opened first at BetOnline, where the total was expected shortly.

Power Rankings / Prediction:
According to new college basketball power rankings here, it's the No. 98-ranked Red Storm and the No. 115-rated Scarlet Knights in this matchup. Computer formulas aimed at predicting NCAAB scores point to a 74-72 win for the Scarlet Knights on Wednesday.

How They Match Up:
When it comes to rebounds, the visiting Scarlet Knights rank No. 137 in NCAA Division 1 with 36.2 per game. That compares with St. John's’s No. 133 ranking in that category. The story is different when it comes to three-point shooting where St. John's is college basketball's No. 325-ranked team at 4.1 per game, while the Scarlet Knights rate No. 305 with 4.6 per game.

Comparing how these foes stack up statistically, Rutgers owns the country's No. 213-rated mark, allowing 72.6 points per game on the highway. St. John's, on the other hand, rates No. 209 in scoring at home.

Last time out for Rutgers, they were a 67-62 winner as they battled Pittsburgh at home. They covered in the match as a 7.5-point underdog. Eli Carter scored 23 points leading the Scarlet Knights to a 67-62 victory over Pittsburgh at Louis Brown Athletic Center on Saturday.

St. John's was a 53-52 winner in their most recent outing on the road against Cincinnati. They covered the 13.5-point spread as underdogs. St. John's earned a 53-52 victory over Cincinnati on Saturday, getting 16 points from Jakarr Sampson at Fifth Third Arena.

Rutgers Scarlet Knights Trends:
When playing on Wednesday are 4-6
Before playing Cincinnati are 2-8
After playing Pittsburgh are 0-10
After a win are 7-3

St. John's Red Storm Trends:
When playing on Wednesday are 8-2
Before playing Georgetown are 3-7
After playing Cincinnati are 4-6
After a win are 6-4

A few Scarlet Knights at Red Storm trends to consider:
Rutgers is 4-2 SU in its last 6 games on the road
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Rutgers's last 6 games when playing on the road against St. John's
Rutgers is 6-13 SU in its last 19 games on the road
Rutgers is 1-10 SU in its last 11 games when playing on the road against St. John's
St. John's is 10-1 SU in its last 11 games when playing at home against Rutgers
St. John's is 6-1 SU in its last 7 games at home
St. John's is 15-4 SU in its last 19 games when playing Rutgers
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of St. John's last 7 games when playing Rutgers

Next up:
Rutgers home to Cincinnati, Saturday, January 12
St. John's home to Georgetown, Saturday, January 12