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St. John's vs. Butler - 1/3/15 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Butler Bulldogs (10-4) at St. John's Red Storm (11-2)

College Basketball: Saturday, January 3, 2015 at 4:00 pm (Carnesecca Arena)

The Line: St. John's Red Storm -5 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds

TV: CBS Sports Network

The Butler Bulldogs and St. John’s Red Storm square off Saturday afternoon at the Carnesecca Arena.

The Butler Bulldogs have split their last six games and are playing their fourth true road game. On the season, Butler is averaging 70.1 points on 44.5 percent shooting and is allowing 56.9 points on 40.1 percent shooting. Kellen Dunham is averaging 16.1 points on 45.4 percent shooting and Roosevelt Jones is averaging 11 points and 4.1 assists. Kameron Woods is grabbing 8.8 rebounds and Andrew Chrabascz is shooting 48.2 percent from the field. The Butler Bulldogs are a quality defensive team that’s allowing teams to shoot 27.8 percent from deep and has allowed 57 or less points in seven of their last eight games. Offensively, Butler is shooting 65.3 percent from the free throw line and 33.9 percent from beyond the arc. Butler is 1-2 SU on the road this season.

St. John's vs. Butler - 1/3/15 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

The St. John’s Red Storm have won seven of their last eight and hope to bounce back from a loss to Seton Hall. On the season, St. John’s is averaging 71.4 points on 44.5 percent shooting and is allowing 59.7 points on 37.1 percent shooting. D'Angelo Harrison is averaging 19.5 points and 6.3 rebounds while Rysheed Jordan is averaging 14 points and 2.9 assists. Sir'Dominic Pointer is grabbing 7.5 rebounds and Phil Greene IV is shooting 37.7 percent from the field. The St. John’s Red Storm are producing nearly 39 rebounds and seven blocks per game, which makes them tough to beat on a nightly basis. Offensively, St. John’s is shooting 68 percent from the line and 31 percent from beyond the arc. Defensively, St. John’s has allowed 57 or less points in seven of its last eight games.

The Bulldogs are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 vs. Big East and 1-4 ATS in their last 5 Saturday games. The Red Storm are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 vs. Big East and 5-2 ATS in their last 7 games overall. 

St. John's physical style of play will be the difference in the game, as Butler doesn't see teams like this every day. Look for the Red Storm to get the job done here and cover the reasonable number. 

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St. John's Red Storm -5

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