Creighton Bluejays vs. St. John's Red Storm - College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
St. John's Red Storm (13-6) at Creighton Bluejays (9-12)
College Basketball: Wednesday, January 28, 2015 at 9:01 pm (CenturyLink Center)
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The St. John’s Red Storm will travel to the Century Link Center (Omaha) to take on the Creighton Bluejays this Wednesday night.
The St. John’s Red Storm dropped to 13-6 (2-4 Big East) after being defeated by the 5th ranked Duke Blue Devils 77-68 this past Sunday. St. John’s allowed Duke to shoot 48.1% from the field and was outrebounded by the Blue Devils by a 44-29 margin. Leading the way for the Red Storm was Sir’Dominic Pointer who had a double-double with 21 points, 10 rebounds, and 4 assists. St. John’s is ranked 42nd in the RPI Standings and has played the 21st ranked SOS. On the season, the Red Storm have been led by D’Angelo Harrison (19.1 ppg, 5.6 rpg, 1.8 apg) and Rysheed Jordan (13.9 ppg, 3.6 rpg, 2.8 apg, 2.1 spg). Offensively, St. John’s is averaging 70.9 ppg (ranked 97th) on 44.4% shooting (ranked 124th). The Red Storm are averaging only 10.6 turnovers per game and have an assist/turnover ratio of 1.15 (ranked 86th). Defensively, St. John’s is holding their opponents to average 63.9 ppg (ranked 125th) on 39.0% shooting (ranked 39th). The Red Storm average 6.7 bpg (ranked 5th) and 8.8 spg (ranked 11th).
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The Creighton Bluejays lost their 9th straight game and dropped to 9-12 (0-8 Big East) on the season after being defeated by the 4th ranked Villanova Wildcats 71-50 this past Sunday. Creighton struggled offensively as they shot only 37.3% from the field and 19.0% (4-21) from beyond the arc in the loss. Leading the way for the Bluejays was James Milliken who had 13 points and 6 rebounds. Creighton is ranked 131st in the RPI Standings and has played the 54th ranked SOS. On the season the Bluejays have been led by Austin Chatman (10.9 ppg, 3.9 rpg, 4.0 apg) and Isaiah Zierden (9.5 ppg, 2.3 rpg, 1.5 apg). Offensively, Creighton is averaging 67.0 ppg (ranked 192nd) on 41.5% shooting (ranked 263rd). The Bluejays average 8.0 three-pointers per game (ranked 42nd) and have an assist/turnover ratio of 1.11 (ranked 97th). Defensively, Creighton is allowing their opponents to average 65.7 ppg (ranked 166th) on 42.8% shooting (ranked 190th). The Bluejays average only 2.1 bpg (ranked 317th) and 4.2 spg (ranked 335th).
The Red Storm are 9-4-1 ATS in their last 14 road games however, just 1-6 ATS in their last 7 games overall. The Bluejays are 7-1 ATS in their last 8 home games vs. a team with a winning road record however, the Bluejays are 0-5 ATS in their last 5 home games.
St. John’s played Duke tough and although they are not nearly the same team on the road as they are at home, I think they are the more talented team in this one. Saint John’s is about to start a real important stretch if they are going to make the NCAA tournament and can’t afford to drop one against Creighton away. I think Saint John’s takes advantage of a weak Creighton defensive and wins this one by at least 5. Take St. John’s to cover.