St. John's vs Marquette Prediction College Basketball Picks 2/10/24

Marquette (17-5) vs St. John's (14-9)

Game Info: Saturday, February 10, 2024 at 6:00 pm (Fiserv Forum)

Betting Odds: Marquette -7.5 - Over/Under: 153 Click Here for the Latest Odds

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The St. John’s Red Storm will travel to Milwaukee to take on the Marquette Golden Eagles in Big East play this Saturday from the Fiserv Forum on FS1. Marquette comes in as 7.5-point home favorites, with the total sitting at 153. Stay tuned for our St. John’s vs Marquette Prediction. 

St. John’s Red Storm Preview

St. John’s moved to 14-9 after defeating DePaul, 85-57. The Red Storm capitalized on the proverbial bye week, as they destroyed the Blue Demons at home, and they’ll look to bring some of that energy to Milwaukee this Saturday. St. John’s is scoring 77.0 points per game, on 44.3% shooting, while allowing 70.4 ppg, and they’re currently 8th in the Big East with a 6-6 record in conference play. The Red Storm are 7-3 over their last ten games, and they’ve gone 2-4 on the road this season. 

St. John’s Team Profile

  • Rick Pitino’s team plays at a solid pace, averaging 71.5 possessions per game (157th), but they’ve only knocked down 32.6% of their three-point shots (248th). 
  • Veteran big man Joel Soriano remains at the heart of the St. John’s lineup, and he leads the team in scoring (16.1) and rebounding (9.7). 
  • Iona transfer Daniss Jenkins poured in a game-high 25 points in the Xavier defeat, and he’s averaging 13.9 ppg and a team-leading 5.6 apg. 
  • Former Harvard forward Chris Ledlum double-doubled in the narrow loss to Marquette, and he’s up to 9.5 ppg and 7.4 rpg.  

 

Marquette Golden Eagles Preview

Marquette improved to 17-5 after defeating Georgetown in Washington DC, 91-57. The Golden Eagles blitzed the Hoyas for 40 minutes en route to their seventh straight win, and they’ll look to keep rolling here against the Hoyas. Marquette is scoring 78.5 points per game, on 47.6% shooting, while allowing 67.1 ppg, and they’re currently second in the Big East with a 8-3 record in league play. The Golden Eagles are 7-3 over their last ten games, and they’ve gone 10-1 in Marquette his season.  

Marquette Team Profile

  • Shaka Smart’s squad leans on their defense and moves at a methodical pace, averaging 71.7 possessions per game (157th), and they’ll look to improve from beyond the arc, as they shoot just 31.5% (283rd). 
  • Junior guard Cam Jones came thru with 20-point performances in the win over Villanova and Butler, and he now leads Marquette in scoring (15.1).  
  • Senior guard Tyler Kolek has posted back-to-back double-doubles, and he leads the Big East in assists (6.9), while scoring 14.3 ppg and grabbing 5.2 rpg.   
  • Third-year forward Oso Ighodaro has scored 17 points or more in three of the previous four games, and he leads the Golden Eagles in rebounding (6.8), while scoring 13.9 ppg.

St. John’s vs Marquette Trends

  • SJU is 12-11 against the spread, with a 11-11-1 O/U record
  • MARQ is 12-9-1 ATS, with a 8-14 over/under record.

St. John’s vs Marquette Prediction

Outside of DePaul, the Big East has delivered on their end, with the depth of the conference being put on display nightly, as there have been close calls and upsets often within the slate. St. John’s shaky form prevents me from loving them in this underdog spot, but you know Rick Pitino is going to have this team ready to fight after falling to the Golden Eagles by one point at Madison Square Garden, and there’s a chance that reflects on the scoreboard. Marquette’s in the hunt for a second straight league crown and they’ve been sharp at home this season, so while I wouldn’t test Shaka Smart’s team too much on their floor, I like rolling with the Over for this Big East matchup.

Corey’s Pick SJU/MARQ To Go OVER

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