Big East college basketball action continues on Monday when the #9 Georgetown Hoyas (12-2) face the St. John’s Red Storm (9-3) on ESPN2 live from Madison Square Garden in New York with tip-off time scheduled for 7:00pm EST. Following the game, Stanford vs Virginia Tech will kick-off on ESPN at 8:30pm EST in the 2011 Orange Bowl. Online sportsbooks have opened with Georgetown as a 2.5-point favorite in college basketball picks vs St. John’s for the Big East conference showdown. Sportsbooks also favor the Hoyas -145 in money line college basketball odds vs the Red Storm +125 for Monday night’s game on ESPN2.
It has been quite a first year for head coach Steve Lavin who has brought the best start in conference play to the Red Storm since the 1999 season. St. John’s is 2-0 in the Big East and will look to go 3-0 tonight vs a Hoyas team that has gone 1-1 in conference action before facing conference foe Notre Dame on Saturday. The Red Storm has won four straight games in college basketball picks heading into Monday’s match-up including a 67-65 win at Providence on New Year’s Day. St. John’s barely pulled off the straight up win by 2-points and covered the spread as 1-point favorites to go 5-6 ATS in college basketball odds for the season.
Georgetown was on a tear at the beginning of the season with eight consecutive victories but lost to Temple 65-68 and Notre Dame 55-69 to find themselves in the top 10 but just barely. Heading into college basketball picks as slight favorites vs St. John’s, the Hoyas are coming off a 86-75 home win vs DePaul on January 1st. Georgetown won straight up by 11-points but didn’t come close to covering the spread as 22-point favorites to go 8-4 ATS in college basketball odds this season. Although Georgetown is the home team and favored by sportsbooks, the Hoyas are only 3-6 ATS and 3-8 straight up when playing on the road vs the Red Storm.
College Basketball Picks: St. John’s Red Storm +2.5