Butler Bulldogs vs. St. John's Red Storm - 2/3/15 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
St. John's Red Storm (14-7) at Butler Bulldogs (16-6)
College Basketball: Tuesday, February 3, 2015 at 7:00 pm (Hinkle Fieldhouse)
The Line: Butler Bulldogs -6.5 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
TV: Fox Sports 1
The St. John’s Red Storm will travel to Hinkle Fieldhouse to take on the Butler Bulldogs this Tuesday night in College Basketball action.
The St. John’s Red Storm improved to 14-7 (3-5 Big East) on the season after defeating the Providence Friars 75-66 this past Saturday. St. John’s shot 47.4% from the field and held Providence to 18.8% (3-16) shooting from beyond the arc in the victory. Leading the way for the Red Storm was Sir’Dominic Pointer who had 20 points, 7 rebounds, and 5 assists. St. John’s is ranked 43rd in the RPI Standings and has played the 27th ranked SOS. On the season, the Red Storm have been led by D’Angelo Harrison (18.9 ppg, 5.5 rpg, 1.7 apg) and Rysheed Jordan (13.4 ppg, 3.5 rpg, 2.7 apg). Offensively, St. John’s is averaging 71.2 ppg (ranked 92nd) on 44.4% shooting (ranked 127th). The Red Storm average 10.5 turnovers per game (ranked 16th) and have an assist/turnover ratio of 1.2 (ranked 66th). Defensively, St. John’s is allowing their opponents to average 64.6 ppg (ranked 139th) on 39.2% shooting (ranked 42nd). The Red Storm average 6.8 bpg (ranked 3rd) and 8.5 spg (ranked 16th).
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The 22nd ranked Butler Bulldogs won their 3rd straight game and improved to 16-6 (6-3 Big East) on the season after defeating the Marquette Golden Eagles 72-68 in overtime this past Saturday. Butler shot 94.4% (17-18) from the free-throw line and outrebounded Marquette by a 47-33 margin in the victory. Leading the way for the Bulldogs was Andrew Chrabascz who had 30 points and 8 rebounds. Butler is ranked 17th in the RPI Standings and has played the 14th ranked SOS. On the season, the Bulldogs have been led by Kellen Dunham (16.1 ppg, 2.6 rpg) and Roosevelt Jones (12.7 ppg, 5.8 rpg, 3.8 apg). Offensively, Butler is averaging 70.7 ppg (ranked 98th) on 43.4% shooting (ranked 181st). The Bulldogs average 10.9 turnovers per game (ranked 29th) and have a turnover margin of 2.6 (ranked 33rd). Defensively, Butler is holding their opponents to an average 60.5 ppg (ranked 47th) on 40.9% shooting (ranked 96th). The Bulldogs average 37.36 total rpg (ranked 53rd) and have a rebound margin of 5.5 (ranked 34th).
The Red Storm are 14-6-1 ATS in their last 21 games following a S.U. win however, just 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games overall. The Bulldogs are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 games following a S.U. win and 8-3 ATS in their last 11 home games.
Saint John’s had an impressive win at home against a tough Providence team, however, playing on the road is always a challenge for the Red Storm. Butler has proven that they are a top team in the country, and I think will give Saint John’s trouble at Hinkle Fieldhouse. I think Kellen Dunham and Roosevelt Jones will lead Butler to a big victory at home. Take Butler to cover.