Marquette Golden Eagles vs. St. John's Red Storm - 3/4/15 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
St. John's Red Storm (20-9) at Marquette Golden Eagles (11-17)
College Basketball: Wednesday, March 4, 2015 at 9:00 pm (Bradley Center)
The Line: Marquette Golden Eagles +1 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
TV: Fox Sports 1
The St. John's Red Storm will travel to the BMO Harris Bradley Center to take on the Marquette Golden Eagles this Wednesday night in College Basketball action.
The St. John's Red Storm improved to 20-9 (9-7 Big East) on the season after defeating the Georgetown Hoyas, 81-70, this past Saturday. St. John's shot 45.6% from the field and 50.0% (8-16) from beyond the arc in the victory. Leading the way for the Red Storm was Phil Greene IV who had 26 points, 7 rebounds, and 2 assists. St. John's is ranked 31st in the RPI Standings and has played the 35th ranked SOS. On the season, the Red Storm have been led by D'Angelo Harrison (17.8 ppg, 5.5 rpg, 2.0 apg) and Sir'Dominic Pointer (14.0 ppg, 7.6 rpg, 2.9 apg). St. John's is averaging 72.0 ppg (ranked 68th) on 44.8% shooting (ranked 101st). The Red Storm is shooting 35.3% from beyond the arc (ranked 92nd) and commits just 10.5 turnovers per game (ranked 21st). St. John's is holding their opponents to an average of 66.7 ppg (ranked 179th) on 40.1% shooting (ranked 62nd). The Red Storm is averaging 6.7 bpg (ranked 5th) and have a turnover margin of 3.0 (ranked 22nd).
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The Marquette Golden Eagles dropped to 11-17 (3-13 Big East) on the season after being defeated by the Providence Friars, 77-66, this past Sunday. Marquette shot 44.6% from the field and 37.0% (10-27) from beyond the arc in the loss. Leading the way for the Golden Eagles was Matt Carlino who had 21 points, 5 rebounds, and 6 assists. Marquette is ranked 24th in the RPI Standings and has played the 7th ranked SOS. On the season, the Golden Eagles have been led by Matt Carlino (14.6 ppg, 3.5 rpg, 3.5 apg) and Duane Wilson (12.6 ppg, 2.4 rpg, 2.1 apg). Marquette is averaging 66.0 ppg (ranked 206th) on 44.1% shooting (ranked 133rd). The Golden Eagles are averaging 6.4 three-pointers per game (ranked 176th) and have an assist/turnover ratio of 1.22 (ranked 59th). Marquette is holding their opponents to an average of 67.5 ppg (ranked 206th) on 42.9% shooting (ranked 175th). The Golden Eagles average 7.8 spg (ranked 35th) and have a rebound margin of -5.5 (ranked 332nd).
The Red Storm are 3-1-1 ATS in their last 5 games overall however, just 1-4 ATS in their last 5 road games. The Golden Eagles are 0-6 ATS in their last 6 home games and 0-5 ATS in their last 5 games overall.
St. John's is making a big push towards an at-large bid into March Madness as they've now won three straight and 6 of their last 7. Marquette has really struggled against the Big East and has now lost 11 of their last 12 games. St John's has generally struggled on the road, however they did recently get a big win at Xavier. Marquette is heavily dependent on their guards Matt Carlino and Duane Wilson as they have little size inside as shown by how Providence outrebounded them by a 45-25 margin in their recent loss. I'm pretty high on St. John's as of right now, especially as they showed in their last game that they can win when D'Angelo Harrison struggles (Career Low 1 point vs. Georgetown) and as they protect the ball well, I think they'll be able to walk out of Marquette with enough of a victory to cover this small spread. Take St. John's to cover.