Butler at St. John's: 1/12/21 College Basketball Picks and Prediction

Butler at St. John's: 1/12/21 College Basketball Picks and Prediction Photo by Thomas J. Russo-USA TODAY Sports

St. John's Red Storm (6-6) vs Butler Bulldogs (3-6)

Game Info: Tuesday, January 12, 2021 at 7:00 pm (Carnesecca Arena)

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The Butler Bulldogs will travel to Carnesecca Arena to take on the St. John’s Red Storm this Tuesday night in College Basketball action.

The Butler Bulldogs dropped to 3-6 on the season after being defeated by the UConn Huskies, 72-60, this past Saturday. Butler had trouble getting anything going on the offensive end against UConn and could not fight back after UConn took a 54-36 lead with 11:03 left in regulation. Butler shot 46.7% from the field and 33.3% from beyond the arc while UConn shot 43.1% from the field and 47.6% from beyond the arc. Butler was outrebounded by UConn by a 30-27 margin and lost the turnover battle by a 15-12 margin in the loss. Leading the way for the Bulldogs was Bryce Nze who had 18 points, 6 rebounds, 1 assist, 1 block, & 1 steal.

On the season, Butler is averaging 63.7 ppg on 42.3% shooting from the field. The Bulldogs are averaging 7.1 three-pointers per game on 36.0% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, Butler has been led by Aaron Thompson (14.3 ppg, 2.5 rpg, 4.5 apg, 1.3 spg), Jair Bolden (13.0 ppg, 4.1 rpg, 1.2 apg), Chuck Harris (11.1 ppg, 2.6 rpg, 2.6 apg), & Bryce Nze (9.9 ppg, 6.7 rpg, 1.9 apg).

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Defensively, Butler is allowing their opponents to average 69.0 ppg on 46.9% shooting from the field. The Bulldogs have a rebound margin of -1.0 and a turnover margin of 0.9.

The St. John’s Red Strom lost their 2nd straight game and dropped to 6-6 on the season after being defeated by the 7th ranked Creighton Bluejays, 97-79, this past Saturday. St. John’s had no answers defensively against the high-powered Creighton offense and could not fight back after going into halftime trailing by a 56-39 margin. St. John’s shot 46.5% from the field and 38.1% from beyond the arc while Creighton shot 54.4% from the field and 44.4% from beyond the arc. St. John’s outrebounded Creighton by a 38-36 and lost the turnover battle by a 13-11 margin in the loss. Leading the way for the Red Storm was Julian Champagnie who had a double-double with 33 points, 10 rebounds, 2 assists, 2 block, & 3 steals.

On the season, St. John’s is averaging 80.5 ppg on 45.4% shooting from the field. The Red Storm are averaging 6.6 three-pointers per game on 33.5% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, St. John’s has been led by Julian Champagnie (21.0 ppg, 7.9 rpg, 2.0 apg, 1.7 spg, 1.1 bpg), Greg Williams Jr. (11.8 ppg, 2.8 rpg, 2.8 apg, 2.1 spg), Vince Cole (10.5 ppg, 2.6 rpg, 1.0 apg), & Posh Alexander (9.3 ppg, 3.5 rpg, 4.4 apg, 2.2 spg).

Defensively, St. John’s is allowing their opponents to average 80.8 ppg on 48.4% shooting from the field. The Red Storm have a rebound margin of -0.8 and a turnover margin of 4.2.

The Bulldogs are 3-1-1 ATS in their last 5 games following a double-digit loss at home. The Red Storm are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games vs. a team with a winning % below .400 and just 1-6 ATS in their last 7 games overall.

Butler isn’t the same team we’ve seen in recent years as their offense has really struggled, however, I don’t think the offense is going to be as much of an issue in this game as St. John’s comes into this matchup ranked just 319th in scoring defense & 326th in defensive FG%. Butler hasn’t been great on the road this season, however, I think they are the better team in this one and as I think this game comes down to the last possession, I'm gong to want to have Butler and the points. Good Luck!

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