UConn vs St. John's (NY) Prediction, Odds & Best Bet for January 15 (Huskies Earn Valuable Big East Victory)

Larry Rupp
UConn vs St. John's prediction, odds and betting insights for NCAA college basketball regular season game.
UConn vs St. John's prediction, odds and betting insights for NCAA college basketball regular season game. / AP Photos/Jessica Hill
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UConn vs St. John's (NY) Game Info

  • 2022-23 NCAA Basketball Regular Season Game
  • No. 6 UConn (15-3, 4-3 Big East) vs. St. John's (NY) (12-6, 2-5 Big East)
  • Date: Sunday, January 15, 2023
  • Time: 12:00 PM ET
  • Venue: XL Center -- Hartford, Connecticut

The 2022-23 college basketball season continues on Sunday with a thrilling matchup between the St. John's Red Storm and No. 6 UConn Huskies. St. John's snapped a five-game losing streak with a 77-61 win over Butler on Tuesday. Joel Soriano posted a great double-double (20 points & 10 rebounds).

Meanwhile, UConn couldn't keep up in an 82-76 loss to Marquette on Wednesday. Donovan Clingan logged a double-double off the bench (20 points & 10 rebounds), but the team shot just 27.3% from long range. The Huskies have lost three of their last four games after winning their first 15 games.

UConn vs St. John's (NY) Odds & Spread

UConn enters this contest as heavy home favorites on the moneyline and spread per FanDuel Sportsbook's odds. This 12 p.m. ET clash also features an over/under of 150.5 points, which is above average compared to Sunday's projected totals.

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UConn vs St. John's (NY) Betting Trends

  • UConn is 12-6-0 against the spread this season.
  • As 13.5-point favorites or more, the Huskies are 5-2 against the spread.
  • Out of 18 UConn's games so far this year, 11 have hit the over.
  • St. John's (NY) has eight wins in 17 games against the spread this year.
  • St. John's (NY) has seen eight of its 17 games go over the point total.
UConn Rank UConn AVG St. John's (NY) AVG St. John's (NY) Rank
31st 80.0 Points Scored 78.9 42nd
30th 62.6 Points Allowed 72.3 256th
43rd 35.7 Rebounds 37.2 10th
45th 10.7 Off. Rebounds 11.4 19th
25th 9.3 3pt Made 6.2 296th
10th 17.9 Assists 15.8 41st
96th 11.5 Turnovers 13.4 276th

UConn vs St. John's (NY) Prediction & Pick

UConn is in an undeniable slump right now. The Huskies average 80.0 points per game on the year (T-No. 19 in NCAA), but have been held to under 75 points in five of their last six games. They have also averaged 20.0 personal fouls over their last three games, totaling 77 free throws for their opponents.

The good news is that Sunday presents a bounce-back opportunity. St. John's allows a whopping 77.1 points per away game and also gives up 8.2 offensive rebounds per game. Expect the Huskies to take advantage of a few second-chance possessions and run up the score in the second half.

UConn is riding a 15-game home winning streak and I don't see that ending on Sunday afternoon.

Final Score Prediction: UConn: 79 | St. John's: 69

UConn vs St. John's (NY) Best Bet

I like the Huskies to win here, but I find it difficult to trust head coach Dan Hurley's team to cover a massive 13.5-point spread. UConn is only 1-5 against the spread (ATS) in its last six games and hasn't won a game more than 13 points since December 17. The Red Storm should not be underestimated.

St. John's is 4-1 ATS in its last five games in January and an impressive 6-0-1 ATS in its last seven games against UConn. The Red Storm have even won four of those seven games outright, so they have the talent to keep the score close. Fade the Huskies until they return to their early season form.

Bet: St. John's Red Storm +13.5 (-110)

Larry Rupp is not a FanDuel employee. In addition to providing DFS gameplay advice, Larry Rupp also participates in DFS contests on FanDuel using his personal account, username phillyfan424. While the strategies and player selections recommended in his articles are his personal views, he may deploy different strategies and player selections when entering contests with his personal account. The views expressed in their articles are the author's alone and do not necessarily reflect the views of FanDuel. 

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