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Football is over. It’s time to lock in and focus on college basketball. We are blessed with an epic matchup tonight between St. John’s and DePaul. Who wins this Big East battle? I’ve got you covered.
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DePaul vs. St. John's Prediction: Can the Blue Demons Win This Big East Matchup

The Red Storm is coming off their best win of the season, defeating Providence on their home court. After a great start to the season, St. John’s has been very inconsistent. They often play up and down to their competition, capable of beating and losing to anyone. This will cause problems as they head to Chicago, Illinois to face Big East basement dweller DePaul.

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DePaul vs. St. John's Start Time, Where to Watch, Odds

  • Date: Tuesday, February 14, 2023
  • Start Time: 9:00 pm ET
  • Where to Watch: FS1

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DePaul vs. St. John's Prediction

The Blue Demons are 3-11 in conference play and really struggle on the road. At home, DePaul is 7-5 this season. If St. John’s doesn’t take DePaul seriously and is looking ahead to this weekend’s game against Creighton, the Blue Demons will win this game. Senior guard Umoja Gibson has been great since transferring from Oklahoma, averaging over 16 ppg. Shooting over 40% from behind the arch, Gibson will be the one leading DePaul to victory.

The Red Storm sits 204th in the nation at defending the three-pointer, a stat that’s cost them immensely this season. Coach Stubblefield will make sure to run the offense through their star guard, giving him plenty of shots in this contest. Senior Javan Johnson will continue to find success inside the perimeter and take advantage of the Red Storm’s poorly rated defense (150th-ranked defense in the country).

We’ve already seen DePaul knock off some formidable opponents this season. They beat 16th-ranked Xavier at home a few weeks ago, along with Villanova a week prior. DePaul will be the hungrier team on their home court tonight, and effort matters just as much as skill in college basketball.

It’s not surprising to see the public hammering St. John’s after their big win. It is surprising to see Vegas only giving DePaul a point on the spread against a much better team. This might be the “trap line” of the night. Vegas isn’t in the business of losing money, and by their calculations, this game may be closer than the public eye expects. What makes this spread even weirder is that these teams already played this season.

St. John's stomped on DePaul, beating them by 20 points. You’re telling me the Red Storm is only 1.5 points better on the road than DePaul today, after how that first game went down? I speak for everyone when I say this line is fishy, and I want in on the Blue Demons at home seeking revenge.

This is a huge letdown spot for the Red Storm, and with a huge game looming on Saturday against Creighton, they may not be focused enough on DePaul tonight. The betting splits in this one are perfect: less than 40% of bets are on DePaul to cover, but almost 60% of the handle is on DePaul. Big bets are backing the Blue Demons tonight and I’ll be right there with ‘em.

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