NCAA Basketball Picks & Odds: Xavier vs. Saint Johns Predictions

Brandon Hurley breaks down two picks for Tuesday's NCAAB slate
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Tue, February 16, 6:58 AM EST

Xavier Musketeers vs. Saint Johns Red Storm

Xavier heads to Queens Tuesday night in search of a road win after suffering a tough loss to Uconn. The Johnnies are coming off a bad loss to a brutal Butler team. St Johns has been playing good basketball at home. Julian Champagnie is averaging 19.7 points and will make sure he gets his Tuesday night. This guy can score in bunches. Champagnie gets a ton of help from G Posh Alexander, who averages 11 points. Mike Anderson is going to send some pressure and look to stay hot at home. Back the Johnnies in a big time home game.

The Pick: St Johns -2 @ -105

St. Francis New York vs. Farleigh Dickinson

The mid major play of the day is the 7-11 (9-9 ATS) Fairleigh Dickinson Knights -3.5 at home against the 5-8 (6-7 ATS) St. Francis New York Terriers. The FDU Knights have won 4 of their last 6 games while St Francis NY has won 1 of their last 6 games.

FDU Knights rank 186th on offense and 346th on defense per KenPom. St. Francis NY ranks 257th on offense and 338th on defense. A key stat for me is FDU’s shooting. FDU made 16 threes in their last game going 16 for 27 from downtown. FDU ranks 19th in 3 point shooting % while St. Francis NY ranks 316th defending the 3. FDU ranks 83rd in Effective FG % while St. Francis NY ranks 258th defending.

Also, there is a narrative angle backing the FDU Knights in this contest. One of FDU’s best players, Elyjah Williams, is 11 points away from the 1,000 career points milestone. He is fresh off a 27 point and 13 rebound performance in their loss on Saturday. Also, FDU’s head coach is sitting on 99 career wins at FDU. Look for this FDU bunch to be fired up and dialed in Tuesday night. Take the FDU Knights -3.5. Best of luck!

The Pick: Farleigh Dickinson -3.5 @-110

NCAAB Expert Picks

St Johns -2 @ -105 (Click to bet)

Farleigh Dickinson -3.5 @ -110 (Click to bet)

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