St. John’s basketball today: St. John’s vs. Florida State Injuries, Prediction

St. John's basketball guard Posh Alexander (Wendell Cruz-USA TODAY Sports)
St. John's basketball guard Posh Alexander (Wendell Cruz-USA TODAY Sports) /

The St. John’s basketball non-conference schedule wraps up in the Sunshine State. 

Many have complained about the St. John’s basketball non-conference schedule, and rightly so.

It ranks 350th in the country out of 363 programs, according to KenPom, and in its lone major matchup on the road against Iowa State the Red Storm (10-1, 1-0 Big East) quickly fell behind 17-2 and could never recover in its lone loss of the season.

However, one game that could not be criticized was the planned trip to South Florida to face a Florida State team that was looking to respond after missing the NCAA Tournament in 2022 and picked to finish fifth in the ACC Preseason Poll.

The Seminoles (3-9, 1-1 ACC) were awful to begin the season, losing its first four games, due to a rash of injuries and suspensions that Leonard Hamilton’s team has still not been able to recover from.

Kentucky transfer Cam’Ron Fletcher and Brown transfer Jaylan Gainey are both out for the season due to knee injuries while 7-foot freshman center Baba Miller was suspended for the first 16 games of the season due to impermissible travel benefits.

Florida State picked up its first victory of the season against Mercer, before losing its next five matchups, but has won two consecutive games against Louisville and the University of South Carolina Upstate.

St. John’s has not played in a week and the last time the Johnnies took the floor it put together an uninspiring victory against New Hampshire.

Saturday’s game feels eerily similar to last season’s matchup against Pittsburgh for the Red Storm when a poor Panthers team pulled off the upset against a short handed St. John’s team which basically ended the Johnnies hopes of reaching the NCAA Tournament.

St. John’s Injury Report vs. Florida State

O’Mar Stanley (toe) and Montez Mathis (ankle) did not play against New Hampshire put both are trending towards being available for Saturday’s game against Florida State.

The Seminoles will still be without Cam’Ron Fletcher, Jaylan Gainey, and Baba Miller against the Red Storm.

St. John’s vs. Florida State Odds: Spread, Over/Under & Betting Pick

WynnBET’s college basketball odds listed St. John’s as a 10.5-point favorite against Florida State but the link quickly shrunk to the Red Storm being a 6-point favorite against the Seminoles.

The over/under is listed at 152.

Despite its poor record, Florida State has been playing much better as of late with a ten point loss to then No. 5 Purdue, in which the Seminoles led in the second half, and only fell on the road against then No. 3 Virginia by five points.

This is a game St. John’s cannot lose if it wants to reach the NCAA Tournament and enter the full slate of Big East games on a positive note with a brutal schedule before the new calendar year.

We will take St. John’s to win the game outright but Florida State will cover the 6-point spread as the total will go under the number listed.

Make your pick now on WynnBET.

What Channel is the St. John’s Basketball Game On?

The game is slated to start at approximately 2:30 p.m. E.T. and will be broadcasted on Bally Sports and its regional networks. For those in the New York area, the game can be seen on MSG Network.

St. John’s vs. Florida State Live Stream

Saturday’s St. John’s basketball game can be streamed live on Fubo TV.

St. John’s Basketball Next Game and Schedule:

  • Wednesday, December 21 at. Villanova (6:30p.m. ET)
  • Wednesday, December 28 vs. Xavier (9:00p.m. ET)
  • Saturday, December 31 at. Seton Hall (12:00p.m. ET)