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St. John's favored by -4 against Providence on Thursday

Providence FriarsSt. John's Red Storm
11-5January 16, 2014, 07:00 | Carnesecca Arena9-7

Many eyes in the college basketball world will be on Carnesecca Arena Thursday as host St. John's looks to handle the Providence Friars in NCAA hoops action.

This season, the Red Storm are 9-7 overall and 3-11 ATS, while the Friars are 11-5 and 6-8-1 ATS. As for the totals, St. John's boasts a 8-6 on the OU, and Providence is 6-9.

View Providence Friars vs St. John's Red Storm Odds and Stats.

On the opening NCAA basketball line for this matchup, St. John's sat as -4-point favorites over at 5Dimes. Also, check out the current total, which often goes up first at online sportsbook BetOnline.

The Power Rankings at Odds Shark show No. 101-rated Providence taking on the No. 86-rated Red Storm in this contest.

Last time out for Providence, they were a 70-52 winner as they battled Georgetown at home. They covered in the match as a 1-point underdog. Providence got 21 points from Kadeem Batts en route to a 70-52 victory over Georgetown on Wednesday at Dunkin Donuts Center.

St. John's lost its last outing, a 77-75 result against DePaul on January 14. They failed to cover in that game as a 3.5-point favorite. The Red Storm endured a 77-75 loss at the hands of the Blue Demons on Tuesday, despite a 24-point effort from D'Angelo Harrison at Allstate Arena.

How They Match Up:
Rebounding is always a key handicapping consideration and Friars is ranked No. 114 in NCAA hoops at 36.69 per game. Contrast that with St. John's’s No. 97 mark in the paint. When it comes to three-point shooting, St. John's is the No. 224-ranked team in the country at 4.81 per game, while Providence rates No. 161 at 5.75 per game.

A few Friars at Red Storm trends to consider:
Providence is 11-5 SU in its last 16 games
Providence is 1-4-1 ATS in its last 6 games on the road
Providence is 7-18 SU in its last 25 games on the road
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Providence's last 6 games on the road
St. John's is 0-5 ATS in its last 5 games
St. John's is 1-4 SU in its last 5 games
The total has gone OVER in 4 of St. John's's last 6 games
St. John's is 1-4 ATS in its last 5 games at home

Next up:
Providence home to Creighton, Saturday, January 18th
St. John's at Dartmouth, Saturday, January 18th