Bowling Green vs St. John’s Preview and Prediction
Bowling Green vs St. John’s Preview
Where: Carnesecca Arena
When: Friday, November 9, 6:30 PM
TV: FS2 | FoxSports Go (Rich Ackerman & Jim Spanarkel)
Last meeting: St. John’s and Bowling Green last met in 1994; St. John’s won, 77-64.
In what is a Legend’s Classic campus game, Bowling Green heads to Queens, NY to battle the St. John’s Red Storm. Both teams come in undefeated after their season openers, BGSU beat Tiffin 91-52 and St. John’s dismantled Loyola-MD 76-55.
Bowling Green has started out fast the last four seasons under head coach Michael Huger, even owning a 16-10 record last season before the wheels fell off losing their final six games. With a young squad last year, the team returns four starters and are slowly becoming one of the more experienced ball clubs in the MAC.
BGSU returns guards Dylan Frye and Justin Turner, but most importantly, big man Demajeo Wiggins, a 6’10”, 240 pound center.
Wiggins dominated against Div. II Tiffin posting a double-double (12 points, 10 rebounds). The senior averaged a double-double last season and was named to the Preseason All-MAC first team–impressive for a player who didn’t start on his high school basketball team until he was a senior.
Frye (#5) and Turner (#10) played heavy minutes last season, and both are scoring threats from outside the arc , hitting 36% and 39%, respectively, last season. Frye assumes point guard responsibilities, but both are solid passers with low turnover rates.
Ultimately, BGSU will need to stop one man in order to have a chance to win this game.
That man is Shamorie Ponds.
The first St. John’s student-athlete to earned BIG EAST Preseason Player of the Year honors since Malik Sealy in 1991, Shamorie Ponds lived up to the hype in the first game of his junior campaign on Tuesday night. The Brooklyn native tallied 20 points on 9-of-15 shooting in addition to dishing out a team-high four assists. A member of preseason watch lists for the Wooden Award, Naismith Trophy and Bob Cousy Award, Ponds is just three points away from cracking the top 30 on the program’s all-time scoring list. In 64 career games, Ponds has now scored 20 or more points on 28 occasions.
Tuesday also marked the much-anticipated Red Storm debut of Auburn transfer Mustapha Heron. Donning red and white for the first time in competitive action, Heron displayed some of the talent that made him an All-SEC selection a season ago. The Waterbury, Conn., native tallied 15 points and seven rebounds, converting on five of his 10 tries from the floor, including a perfect 2-of-2 showing from three-point range.
Friday’s game will be the sixth all-time matchup between the Red Storm and the Falcons in a series that dates back to 1944. Bowling Green owns a 3-2 all-time advantage against the Johnnies and last came to Queens for the 1994 Lapchick Tournament. Felipe Lopez scored a game-high 22 points for the Red Storm in that outing, a 77-64 victory.
LINE: -20.5 St. John’s
The line was a little surprising, not that Bowling Green is a dominant force this year, but they have the size to be able to matchup well against the Red Storm. No one will be able to slow Ponds down and I do believe St. John’s will move to 2-0–but if I’m betting on this game, I’m taking BGSU with the points.
St. John’s 88 Bowling Green 73