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St. John's Red Storm vs. Butler Bulldogs Pick-Odds-Prediction 2/18/14

Butler Bulldogs (12-13) at St. John's Red Storm (17-9)

College Basketball: Tuesday, February 18, 2014 at 9:00 pm (Madison Square Garden)

The Line: St. John's Red Storm -8.5 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds

TV: Fox Sports One

The Butler Bulldogs look to get a rare win as they travel to the garden to face the surging St. John’s Red Storm at 9PM on Fox Sports One.

Butler has had a week off after their loss to Creighton last season.  The Bulldogs did a good job of shutting down the potent Creighton attack but the Bulldogs continue to suffer from poor point guard play and an overall thin roster.  The loss moved Butler below .500 at 12-13 for the season.  Kellen Dunham led Butler with 16 points and Alex Barlow added 13 but the Bulldogs were poor from the field -- finishing with just 37% shooting and 71% from the line.  The Bulldogs, usually one of the more efficient teams in the country, now rank in the 200s in most all offensive statistical categories.

St. John's Red Storm vs. Butler Bulldogs Pick-Odds-Prediction 2/18/14

St. John’s roll continued this past weekend as they destroyed a Georgetown team that has been hot of late 82-60.  The Red Storm jumped out of the gate quick in this one as they built a 15-0 lead and never looked back.  St. John’s defense was on full display once again as they held the solid Georgetown downtown shooting attack to just 3-13 shooting.  The Red Storm got some solid offensive output for the first time during their streak as they got 24 points from both Rysheed Jordan and D’Angelo Harrison.  The duo dominated Georgetown’s star backcourt tandem and Jakarr Sampson added 12 as well.  The Red Storm turned the ball over just 8 times for the game and racked up a rock solid 17 team assists.  The win was #5 in a row in conference play and pushed the Red Storm to 7-6 overall in the big east.

This is a strong play as the Red Storm are the hottest team in the league and Butler is easily tied with DePaul for the cellar leader.  St. John’s should get out to a hot start in this one -- I like Jordan to continue his strong play and Harrison to go for his usual 20+ as the Red Storm make it six in a row with the win and cover at home.

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St. John's -8.5

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