College Basketball Picks: Connecticut vs St. John’s Picks

Written by Matt Franklin   
Thursday, 10 February 2011 14:39

ESPN will feature two basketball betting games on Thursday night that will feature top 25 teams as the #9 Connecticut Huskies travel to take on the St. John’s Red Storm with a scheduled tip off time of 7:00pm EST. Following the Big East match-up in college basketball picks between UConn vs St. John’s, ESPN will also feature a Big Ten match-up between Illinois vs #25 Minnesota at 9:00pm EST. Both games can be seen live on ESPN, online at ESPN3.com or on ESPN Mobile TV while Alabama vs #24 Vanderbilt will also play at 9:00pm EST on ESPN2.

Online sportsbooks have opened with the Huskies as a 1.5-point favorite in college basketball odds vs the Red Storm for Thursday’s game. Bookmakers also favor Connecticut -125 on the money line vs St. John’s +105 for the game on ESPN basketball. UConn comes into Thursday’s game after bouncing back from two straight losses to defeat the Seton Hall Pirates 61-59 last Saturday. Although the Huskies won the game by 2-points, they failed to cover the spread in college basketball picks as 3-point favorites to go 10-6 ATS for the season. UConn has the betting trends in their favor after defeating four top 12 squads this season and hold a 4-1 record when playing on the road vs St. John’s.

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That being said, the Red Storm has also taken down three top 15 teams at Madison Square Garden this season and 10-3 when playing at home. However, St. John’s will need to overcome a 59-66 loss at UCLA last Saturday after having two straight wins vs Duke and Rutgers. St. John’s lost by 7-points to the Bruins and also failed to cover the spread as 3-point favorites in college basketball odds to drop to 8-13 ATS for the season. With a win vs Connecticut tonight, St. John’s could put themselves in position to reach the March Madness tournament for the first time since 2002. The key to a Red Storm victory as underdogs in basketball betting odds will rely on free throw shooting as St. John’s has gone 11-2 when they are at the line more than 21-times in a game.

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Last Updated on Thursday, 10 February 2011 15:35
 

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