St. John's vs. Marquette - 3/7/20 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
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Marquette Golden Eagles (18-11) at St. John's Red Storm (15-15)
College Basketball: Saturday, March 7, 2020 at 12:00 pm (Carnesecca Arena)
The Line: St. John's Red Storm +1 -- Over/Under: 152.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds
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The Marquette Golden Eagles (18-11, 8-9 Big East) travel to New York, NY to take on the St. John’s Red Storm (15-15, 4-13 Big East) in a Big East battle at Carnesecca Arena. The last time these teams met on January 21, Marquette defeated St. John’s 82-68 as a 7 ½-point home favorite.
Marquette is 4-6 straight up and 5-5 against the spread in their last 10 games. Marquette is 2-6 straight up and 4-4 against the spread in conference road games this season. On the road, Marquette has scored 72.8 points per game and allowed 77.9 points per game to opponents, and the Golden Eagles have shot 40.4% from the field, 38.1% from 3 and 75.4% from the free-throw line in those games.
Marquette has lost 5 of its last 6 games, and the Golden Eagles were beaten by DePaul 68-69 as a 5 ½-point road favorite in their last game. Marquette is ranked 29th by KenPom, with the 17th ranked offense and 68th ranked defense in the country. Marquette is led by Senior guard Markus Howard, who averages 27.6 points, 3.5 rebounds and 3.3 assists per game.
St. John’s is 3-7 straight up and 4-6 against the spread in their last 10 games. St, John’s is 3-5 straight up and 5-3 against the spread in conference home games this season. At home, St. John’s has scored 77.3 points per game and surrendered 68.9 points per game to opponents, and the Red Storm have shot 42.5% from the field, 32.9% from 3 and 69.4% from the free-throw line in those games.
St. John’s has lost 4 of its last 5 games, and the Red Storm were beaten by Butler 55-77 as a 9-point road underdog in their last game. St. John’s is ranked 74th by KenPom, with the 112th ranked offense and 61st ranked defense in the nation. St. John’s is led by Junior guard LJ Figueroa, who averages 14.3 points, 4.6 rebounds and 2.1 assists per game, and Senior guard Mustapha Heron, who averages 13.8 points, 2.4 rebounds and 1.6 assists per game.
Marquette is 6-4 straight up and 4-6 against the spread in their last 10 games against St. John’s, and the over is 6-4 during that stretch. The over is 5-5 in the last 10 games for Marquette and the under is 6-4 in the last 10 for St. John’s.
Both of these teams have had weak finishes to their seasons, but I tend to go with home underdogs on Senior Day if I think they’ve got a good shot at winning outright. Give me the free point and the Red Storm.