St. John's Red Storm Team Review - NCAA Basketball Betting

St. John's Red Storm NCAA Basketball Betting

St. Johns Red Storm College Basketball Betting

St. John’s generated plenty of headlines when it hired Rick Pitino one year ago. Pitino still has plenty of cache with fans and gamblers from his days at Kentucky and Louisville. But anyone who thought Pitino would be an immediate fix was mistaken. In fact, during the dog days of February, Pitino said he was not enjoying himself and had to apologize to his team regarding negative public comments. From that point, St. John’s showed improvement. Still, Pitino will have to work hard at improving the talent base after the postseason.

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St. John’s Red Storm Team Review

Overall, the St. John’s Red Storm are 19-12 straight up, 14-16 against the spread, and 14-15-1 over/under the total. St. John’s has national metrics of 69th for scoring offense, 148th for field goal percentage, 203rd for 3-point field goal percentage, 202nd for free throw percentage, and 35th for offensive rebounding. While defensively, St. John’s is 151st for scoring defense, 123rd for field goal percentage permitted, 239th for 3-point field goal percentage allowed, and 114th for defensive rebounding.

Late on, St. John’s has covered five of its previous six games. St. John’s has gone over the total in five of its last seven outings. First among St. John’s scorers is G Daniss Jenkins, with 14.9 points and 5.4 assists per game. C Joel Soriano adds 13.8 points and 9.5 rebounds per game.

St. John’s elected not to participate in the postseason after getting passed over for the NCAA Tournament. It was a disappointing end to Rick Pitino’s first season.

Tristen Newton totaled 25 points, nine assists, and six rebounds as No. 2 UConn constantly answered comeback attempts by St. John's in the second half and advanced to the championship game of the Big East tournament with a 95-90 win.

The top-seeded Huskies won their sixth straight and advanced to their first title game since returning to the Big East after losing three straight semifinal games by a combined eight points.

In the semifinals for the first time since 2000, fifth-seeded St. John's was seemingly safe for its first NCAA Tournament bid since 2019. The Red Storm entered the contest with a NET rating of 32, and since the NCAA started using the metric in 2019, the highest-rated team to miss out was NC State in 2019 at 33. Yet, in the end, they were passed over.

Daniss Jenkins scored 27 points for the Red Storm, who shot 45.1 percent. Jordan Dingle added 19, but Chris Ledlum and Joel Soriano were a combined 5-of-16 from the floor and scored six apiece.

Rick Pitino was easily the biggest get for St. John’s this season, and the roster and overall excitement around the program proves it. Pitino is one of the best head coaches not only in the NCAA today but all-time in college basketball history. St. John’s had a tough go in the competitive Big East this season, and even though they may not be in the top 3 of the conference, they were in the top third of that league this year.

The St. John’s Red Storm is a completely new team and was expected to be a force to be reckoned with in the postseason. Rick Pitino has transformed this roster and had the Red Storm ready to play some of their best basketball when it matters most. Their new roster and roster revamp were the key to this.

Pitino essentially got rid of ten players and brought in ten players. The only question for teams like this is, will they be able to gel quickly enough to get to wins? Pitino teams are known to start fast, and with all this talent, it was hard to see them not playing good basketball in March after a full season of learning Pitino’s ways. Yet it was not enough.

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