St John's at Creighton - 3/12/20 College Basketball Picks and Prediction

St John's at Creighton - 3/12/20 College Basketball Picks and Prediction Photo by Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

St. John's (17-15) at Creighton (24-7)

College Basketball: Thursday, March 12, 2020 at 12:00 pm (Madison Square Garden)

The Line: Creighton -5.5 -- Over/Under: 151 Click Here for the Latest Odds

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The St. John’s Red Storm (17-15, 5-13 CONF) and the Creighton Blue Jays (24-7, 13-5 CONF) will meet on Thursday, March 12th for the Big East Conference Tournament Quarterfinal game. The game will be played at Madison Square Garden in New York, NY, and it will be scheduled for a 12:00 PM ET start time. 

St. John’s defeated Georgetown in shocking fashion in the 1st Round of the Big East tourney on Wednesday. St. John’s was down 42-33 at halftime, and they trailed by 11 points with less than half of the second half remaining, but that did not stop them from coming back. St. John’s beat Georgetown 75-62 and stunned everyone watching, including me. Creighton has not played a game in the conference tourney yet, as they earned a bye from the 1st Round. 

*** Stats for St. John’s are from before the Georgetown game. 

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St. John’s scores 74.6 points per game on 41.0 percent field goal shooting this season. St. John's' leading scorer is G LJ Figueroa, who scores 14.3 points per game. The leading rebounder for St. John's is G Julian Champagnie, who earns 6.5 rebounds per game. St. John's allows 71.9 points per game to the opposition, therefore they have a +2.7 scoring differential so far this season. St. John's also earns 38.4 rebounds, 14.7 assists, 4.1 blocks, and 9.8 steals per game as a team. 

Creighton scores 78.3 points per game on 47.1 percent field goal shooting this season. Creighton's leading scorer is G Ty-Shon Alexander, who scores 16.9 points per game. The leading rebounder for Creighton is F Damien Jefferson, who earns 5.5 rebounds per game. Creighton allows 69.7 points per game to the opposition, thus they have a +8.6 scoring differential so far this season. Creighton also earns 34.8 rebounds, 15.8 assists, 2.5 blocks, and 6.5 steals per game as a team. 

St. John's is 18-12-2 against the spread this season and 5-5 against the spread in their last ten games. St. John's is also 3-1 against the spread at neutral site locations so far this season. Creighton is 18-10-2 against the spread this season and 8-2 against the spread in their last ten games. Creighton is also 1-1 against the spread at neutral site locations so far this season. 

The line has not been released for this game yet, therefore I will make my final score prediction and update this article in the morning. Let us all remember that St. John's just beat Creighton by 20 not too long ago. St. John's will keep this game close for a good chunk of time, but I still think Creighton will come out victorious by a solid margin. Creighton wins 80-73. 

UPDATE: Based on my final score, it will be a tight one for the cover, but I will take Creighton -5.5. 

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