NCAA Tournament: Arizona State vs. St. John’s fearless prediction and game preview.
Date: Wednesday, March 20
Game Time: 8:10 pm ET
Venue: University of Dayton Arena, Dayton, OH
All You Really Need To Know About Arizona State (22-10)
(Pac-12), NCAA NET Rank: 63. West 11-seed
Hot late in the season, the Sun Devils won six of their last seven games before losing to Oregon in a fun battle in the Pac-12 Tournament. This is a young, rising team with a whole lot of promise and potential for next year under head coach Bobby Hurley. Anything that happens in the tournament is gravy.
ASU is outstanding on the boards, especially on the offensive side, and it’s a strong and clutch team onto free throw line. Best of all, the scoring punch is there to keep up with anyone. Luguentz Dort leads a deep group with four players averaging 11 points or more.
All You Really Need To Know About St. John’s (21-12)
(Big East), NCAA NET Rank: 73. West 11-seed
It was a rough finishing kick for the Red Storm, losing five of their last seven and getting destroyed by Marquette in the Big East Tournament. Even so, they managed to find their way in despite being on the bubble as much as a team can possibly be.
There’s a whole lot of depth and balanced scoring, but there’s not enough size and not enough consistency. They come up with a whole lot of steals and create a whole lot of pressure, but mostly they’re good from three and they don’t give the ball away. However, they don’t do much of anything on the boards.
What’s Going To Happen
The Red Storm defensive pressure will give Arizona State a whole slew of problems, but they’ll get roasted on the boards. The Sun Devils will be far better from the free throw line down the stretch. St. John’s – coming into the game sputtering – will lose on the inside and won’t be able to hit enough threes to get by.
Fearless Prediction & Line
Arizona State 77, St. John’s 72
Line: Arizona State -1, o/u: 153
ATS Confidence: 4
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