The college basketball regular season is heading into the homestretch, with the battle for the #1 ranking in the nation as strong as ever. The Villanova Wildcats have been occupying the top spot for the Big East Conference for quite some time now, but they have a few teams sitting just behind them waiting for a slip-up that would open the door to the #1 spot. The problem for the chasing pack is that Villanova has looked like a team on a mission since taking their lone loss this season. While the smart bet would appear to be on the Wildcats staying strong and focused all the way to the end of the regular season, there are some potential banana peels along the way. A few days, ago, we may not have looked at their Wednesday night tilt with the St. John’s Red Storm as being one of those games, but this is a team that is coming off a huge win over Duke. Can the Red Storm find a way to pull back to back upsets, or will Villanova continue to roll?

St. John’s Red Storm Vs Villanova Wildcats NCAA Basketball Odds & Game Info

What: St. John’s Red Storm vs Villanova Wildcats
When: Wednesday, Feb. 7, 2018
Time: 7:00 p.m. ET
Where: Wells Fargo Center Philadelphia
TV: CBS Sports Network
NCAAB Odds: Villanova -18

Why bet on the St. John’s Red Storm

St. John’s are coming off one of the biggest upsets of the season, a stunning 81-77 win over the Duke Blue Devils, but this game against the #1 Wildcats represents a bit of a return to reality. Big East Conference play has proven to be a bit of a nightmare for St. John’s, as they are at the bottom of the standings, winless in all 11 games that they have played. While they have been losing, they have not been truly awful, and have in fact been very competitive in the biggest games they have played. During their 11-game losing streak in conference play, the Red Storm have played 4 games against ranked opponents, losing those games by an average of less than 6 PPG. That should serve as a warning to the top teams in college basketball that St. John’s are not an easy out. The Red Storm are 10-12 ATS this season and 8-14 O/U.

Why bet on the Villanova Wildcats

This has been a rough season for all the top teams in the nation, but Villanova has managed to avoid the tough losses that the others have taken. Yes, the Wildcats lost to an unranked Butler Bulldogs team to start Big East Conference play but have since bounced back to win 9 straight games, taking them to the top of the conference, as well as to the top of the national rankings. Villanova continues to be one of the most explosive teams in college basketball, averaging over 88 PPG, which is part of what is making them so tough to take down. The Wildcats already have a win over the Red Storm this season, taking them down in a 78-71 win on the road in a game that was a good deal closer than a lot of people expected. Expect Villanova to be a little more prepared for a tough fight in this one. Villanova is 16-7 ATS and 15-8 O/U this season.Villanova Wildcats Odds & Game Info

Expert Pick and Final Score Prediction

Villanova has been winning in some style of late, and their close game against St. John’s last time out will have them ready to go in this one. I see a comfortable win for the Wildcats.

Predicted Score: St. John’s Red Storm 67 Villanova Wildcats 87

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