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Marquette vs. St. John's - 1/9/16 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

St. John's Red Storm (7-9) at Marquette Golden Eagles (11-4)

College Basketball: Saturday, January 9, 2016 at 2:00 pm (Bradley Center)

The Line: Marquette Golden Eagles -12 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds

TV: Fox Sports Networks

The St. John’s Red Storm will travel to the BMO Harris Bradley Center to take on the Marquette Golden Eagles this Saturday afternoon in College Basketball action.

The St. John’s Red Storm lost their 6th straight game and dropped to 7-9 (0-3 Big East) on the season after being defeated by the 10th ranked Xavier Musketeers, 74-66, this past Wednesday. St. John’s was down by a 33-26 margin at halftime but hung tough with Xavier in the 2nd half and was down just 1-point with a few minutes but allowed Xavier to go on a 9-2 run to finish off the game. St. John’s struggled offensively in the loss shooting just 33.8% from the field and 24.1% (7-29) from beyond the arc. The Red Storm allowed the Musketeers to shoot 48.0% from the field and was outrebounded by Xavier by a 41-38 margin. Leading the way for St. John’s was Ron Mvouika who had 19 points, 5 rebounds, and an assist. On the season, the Red Storm have been led by Federico Mussini (13.1 ppg, 2.9 rpg, 2.5 apg), Durand Johnson (11.6 ppg, 4.6 rpg, 1.6 apg, 1.3 spg), and Yankuba Sima (8.4 ppg, 6.8 rpg, 3.1 bpg). Offensively, St. John’s is averaging 66.8 ppg on 40.8% shooting from the field and 31.4% shooting from beyond the arc. The Red Storm average 5.9 three-pointers per game and have an assist/turnover ratio of 0.86. Defensively, St. John’s is allowing their opponents to average 71.9 ppg on 42.5% shooting from the field. The Red Storm average 6.1 blocks per game and have a turnover margin of -1.3.

Marquette vs. St. John's - 1/9/16 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Marquette Golden Eagles improved to 11-4 (1-2 Big East) on the season after upsetting the 8th ranked Providence Friars on the road, 65-64, this past Tuesday. Marquette was able to get out to a 30-24 halftime lead after a strong defensive 1st half and was able to hold on in the closing seconds as star freshman, Henry Ellenson was able to block Kris Dunn’s attempt to win it at the buzzer. Marquette shot 51.2% from the field however, did struggle from beyond the arc hitting just 18.2% (2-11) of their three-pointers. The Golden Eagles held the Friars to 37.7% shooting from the field and 22.2% (4-18) from beyond the arc. Leading the way for Marquette was Henry Ellenson who had a double-double with 13 points, 10 rebounds, 3 steals, 4 blocks, and an assist. On the season, the Golden Eagles have been led by Henry Ellenson (16.0 ppg, 9.9 rpg, 2.3 apg), Luke Fischer (13.6 ppg, 8.1 rpg, 2.0 bpg), and Duane Wilson (12.8 ppg, 3.1 rpg, 2.7 apg, 1.3 spg). Offensively, Marquette is averaging 77.6 ppg on 46.3% shooting from the field and 33.8% shooting from beyond the arc. The Golden Eagles average 6.2 three-pointers per game and have an assist/turnover ratio of 1.15. Defensively, Marquette is allowing their opponents to average 70.5 ppg on 39.5% shooting from the field. The Golden Eagles average 5.1 blocks per game and 8.9 steals per game.

The Red Storm are 11-3 ATS in their last 14 Saturday games however, just 1-8-1 ATS in their last 10 games following a ATS win. The Golden Eagles are 17-35-1 ATS in their last 53 games vs. Big East opponents and 0-4 ATS in their last 4 home games.

St. John’s showed a great effort at Xavier earlier this week but this will be a long season for Chris Mullen and the Red Storm as St. John’s looks as if they will have trouble finding offense throughout the season. Marquette picked up a surprising victory at Providence which prevented them opening Big East play with an 0-3 conference record. This line will be a little higher then it would’ve been last week due to the Golden Eagles recent victory, and although I think Marquette will come out strong in this game and the twin towers of Henry Ellenson and Luke Fischer, I think St. John's will be able to keep the Golden Eagles within this large spread. Take St. John's and the points. 

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St. John's Red Storm +12

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