TOM STRYKER’S FREE COLLEGE BASKETBALL SELECTION SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 17TH
#527 VILLANOVA (-) over St. Johns at 5 PM EST
After suffering a heart-breaking one-point loss at Marquette, Villanova bounced back with a solid effort at home against Providence on Wednesday night. Off that 85-67 straight up win and cover, the Wildcats will head to the Big Apple in the first of three consecutive road games and take care of business against the Red Storm.
A quick look at the History Book shows that head coach Jay Wright’s troops have played very well on the road in this series posting a proud 16-8 SU and 16-6-2 ATS record. In their last 12 at Madison Square Garden, ‘Nova has inked a fabulous 12-0 SU and 7-3-2 ATS mark. Also, when hitting the hardwood off a double-digit straight up win, the ‘Cats carry a phenomenal 35-6 SU and 28-13 ATS record in their last 41 games including a stunning 25-4 SU and 22-7 ATS in this run matched up against a foe that enters off a straight up win.
Technically speaking, this is a difficult wagering spot for St. John’s. When hosting a conference foe that enters with four or more days of rest, the Red Storm have recorded a weak 67-90-3 ATS record. In this role running the floor off a straight up win, St. John’s has hit rock bottom notching a terrible 21-40-1 ATS mark including a woeful 14-32-1 ATS provided both teams arrive off a conference game. With all three of those parameters live and the Red Storm facing a foe that carries a team won/loss percentage greater than .720, this angle falls to a woeful 3-14-1 ATS.
The Wildcats enjoy playing away from the comforts of home and Coach Wright will have his kids focused and ready for the start of this three-game roadtrip. Take Villanova. Thanks and best of luck, Tom.
The ball didn’t bounce Stryker’s way on the court yesterday as he posted an 0-2-1 or 0-3 ATS mark (5* was on Purdue at -12 or -12.5) and he looks to get back on track with one 3* Best Bet on Sunday. Two solid angles support this selection and these handicapping gems boast elite marks of 74-33 ATS and 23-7 ATS. Grab Tom’s CBB Ultimate Conference Wager for $25.