The “2022 Vivid Seats Empire Classic” delivered two of the most exciting college basketball games on the slate yesterday… and we fully expect that trend to continue for tonight’s championship title bout.
The Syracuse Orange (3-1) went back and forth with the Richmond Spiders in an absolute thriller that featured 16 lead changes and saw the Orange ultimately prevailing by three in overtime. Meanwhile, the undefeated St. John’s Red Storm (5-0) took it down to the wire against the Temple Owls but closed the game on an 8-0 run to make its way to Tuesday’s Empire Classic Championship game.
So, how do we see these two New York squads matching up?
Syracuse is a solid team, but the rebounding struggles against Richmond last night are concerning because that’s a massive area of strength for a St. John’s squad that averages well over 40+ rebounds per game. We expect the Red Storm’s size, physicality, and scoring ability in the paint to be the deciding factors in this matchup.
Prediction: We are backing the St. John’s Red Storm to stay undefeated, but will lay the juice on the moneyline (-155) at BetOnline.