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NCAA Basketball Game Preview - Red Storm underdogs vs Wildcats at St. John's

Villanova WildcatsSt. John's Red Storm
14-1January 11, 2014, 01:00 | Madison Square Garden9-5

Madison Square Garden will host St. John's Red Storm vs. Villanova Wildcats action on Saturday as both teams try to pay off for bettors in NCAA basketball betting action.

The Red Storm sit at 9-5 (3-9 ATS) on the season. By comparison, the Wildcats are currently 14-1 (10-3 ATS). Looking to wager on the totals? St. John's is 6-6 OU, and Villanova is 9-4 OU.

View Villanova Wildcats vs St. John's Red Storm Odds and Stats.

St. John's opened as 4.5-point underdogs in this college basketball tilt over at 5Dimes but the number may be on the move. Watch for the opening total as well at BetOnline.

This game matches up the No. 72 (Red Storm) and the No. 6 (Wildcats) teams in the league, according to our current NCAAB power rank.

Last time out for Villanova, they were an 83-67 winner as they battled Seton Hall on the road. They covered in the match as an 8.5-point favorite. Darrun Hilliard II scored 19 points leading the Wildcats to an 83-67 victory over Seton Hall at Prudential Center on Wednesday.

St. John's lost its last outing, a 77-60 result against Georgetown on January 4. They failed to cover in that game as a 7.5-point underdog. Max Hooper scored 13 points in a futile effort to lead the Red Storm to a win (they lost 77-60 to Georgetown at Verizon Center on Saturday).

How They Match Up:
When it comes to rebounds, the visiting Wildcats rank No. 53 in NCAA Division 1 with 38.67 per game. That compares with St. John's’s No. 98 ranking in that category. The story is different when it comes to three-point shooting where St. John's is college basketball's No. 227-ranked team at 4.86 per game, while the Wildcats rate No. 7 with 9.13 per game.

A few Wildcats at Red Storm trends to consider:
Villanova is 9-2 ATS in its last 11 games
Villanova is 14-1 SU in its last 15 games
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Villanova's last 5 games
Villanova is 5-2 ATS in its last 7 games on the road
St. John's is 1-5 ATS in its last 6 games
St. John's is 9-4 SU in its last 13 games
St. John's is 5-1 SU in its last 6 games at home
St. John's is 1-6 ATS in its last 7 games when playing Villanova

Next up:
Villanova home to DePaul, Saturday, January 18th
St. John's at DePaul, Tuesday, January 14th