St. John's vs. Kansas Prediction: Can St. John’s Stick Around in the Big East-Big 12 Battle?

St. Johns Red Storm vs. Kansas Jayhawks prediction and pick for Friday's college basketball matchup. Jason Radowitz gives his pick for tonight's showdown.
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Fri, December 3, 9:11 AM EST | 4 min read
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St. John's vs. Kansas Prediction: Can St. John's Stick Around in the Big East-Big 12 Battle?

The Big Ten/ACC Challenge was fun. Now we get the Big East against the Big 12. The Kansas Jayhawks will take the trip to take on the St. John’s Red Storm at the UBS Arena. It’s a semi-home game for the Red Storm, but the reality is, with the game being in New York, it’s ultimately a home game for St. John’s.

The Red Storm have just one loss on the year, on the road, against Indiana, losing 76-74. So while there have been some games where St. John’s has struggled early, they’ve been good enough.

Meanwhile, Kansas is one of the best teams in the country, and although the Jayhawks took a neutral site loss to Dayton, they were able to recover two days later with a massive 96-83 win over Iona. Here are our picks and predictions for the Kansas Jayhawks vs. St. John’s basketball game for Friday, December 3.

St. Johns vs. Kansas Start Time, Where to Watch, and Odds

Date: Friday, December 3, 2021

Game Time: 7:00 p.m. ET

Where To Watch: FS1

Click Here For St. Johns vs Kansas Odds

St. Johns vs. Kansas Injury Report

Kansas: Out: G Kyle Cuffe Jr. (Redshirt)

St. John’s: Questionable: G Rafael Pinzon (Finger)

St. Johns vs. Kansas Prediction

The Kansas Jayhawks look like one of the best teams in the nation. Sure, the Jayhawks had a hiccup against Dayton, but I thought they rebounded nicely against a quality Iona team coached by one of the best to ever do it.

Kansas is shooting a 57.6 percent effective field goal percentage while turning the ball over just 14.2 percent of the time. The Jayhawks should be able to dominate the offensive glass and are scoring 58.8 percent of their shots inside the arc this season. On top of that, the Jayhawks are shooting 36.6 percent from deep. However, Kansas really doesn’t get most of their buckets from beyond the arc.

With the St. John’s Red Storm struggling to defend the three, watch out for Kansas and their deep ball shooting. Kansas has one of the best players in all of college basketball in Ochai Agbaji. He’s averaging 22.5 points per game on 55.3 percent from the field.

Defensively, Kansas isn’t as great, but they’ve put up average numbers against some really good teams this season. With St. John’s turning the ball over 20.6 percent of the time, there’s a good chance that Kansas earns a turnover every five possessions in this one.

However, St. John’s has also dominated inside, shooting 60.5 percent from inside the arc on the year. Kansas has struggled to defend inside, allowing teams to shoot 51.1 percent. There’s reason to believe that this fast-paced Red Storm offense could succeed offensively against Kansas. St. John’s has also earned 34.3 percent offensive rebounds on the season and could absolutely get second chance opportunities against a Kansas team that doesn’t have their usual height compared to recent years.

I believe St. John’s increases the pace of play and like both offenses to have consistent success in this game. I’ll grab the over.

St. Johns vs. Kansas Pick

Jason Radowitz
@Jason_Radowitz

Jason grew up an avid sports fan. His passion for sports writing grew in high school and he developed a blog that was strictly for New York Sports. From his work, you will quickly realize that he loves looking at games from an analytical and numbers perspective and hopes to provide you with that same perspective in his articles.

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