Creighton Bluejays vs. St. John's Red Storm - 1/28/14
St. John's Red Storm (12-8) at Creighton Bluejays (17-3)
College Basketball: Tuesday, January 28, 2014 at 9:02 pm (CenturyLink Center)
The Line: Creighton Bluejays -14½ -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
There will be an underrated matchup Tuesday night when St. Johns travels to Creighton. The Bluejays continue to roll with their 17-3 record and 7-1 Big East record, while the Red Storm have surprisingly won three straight and are currently 12-8 on the year.
Creighton is a scary matchup for any team. We’re talking about an offense that is shooting 49.3 percent from the field and 43.2 percent from downtown. In its last five games, it’s actually shooting an insane 52.7 percent from the field. If guys are getting wide open looks from beyond the arc, you can simply forget about it. The Bluejays are an offensive juggernaut and nearly impossible to beat when they’re making 10 or 11 threes per game.
St. Johns was on a horrible five-game losing streak before it somehow won its last three. That includes an impressive win on the road against Butler. The Red Storm don’t have nearly the offensive firepower as Creighton, but they are shooting a cool 44.4 percent from the field and have one of the better players in the Big East in D’Angelo Harrison. The junior guard is averaging 17.8 points per game and 4.3 rebounds.
The line is somewhat surprising to me. Sure, Creighton should win this game with ease, but 15 points is asking for a bit much. St. Johns is starting to generate a little confidence and is playing terrific defense, holding teams to less than 41 percent shooting in its last five games. It’s also the best blocking team in the country with an average of 8.4 per contest. This is a physical team that could bother a finesse Creighton the same way San Diego State did.
The Bluejays don’t have to worry about losing their first home game of the year, but don’t be surprised if the Red Storm keep it closer than expected.
St. Johns isn’t going to just roll over in this matchup on national television.