Butler vs. St. John's - 3/4/20 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Butler vs. St. John's  - 3/4/20 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction Photo by Jamie Rhodes-USA TODAY Sports

St. John's Red Storm (15-14) at Butler Bulldogs (20-9)

College Basketball: Wednesday, March 4, 2020 at 7:00 pm (Hinkle Fieldhouse)

The Line: Butler Bulldogs -8.5 -- Over/Under: 138

TV: CBSSN

The St. John’s Red Storm and the Butler Bulldogs meet in Big East conference college basketball action from the Hinkle Fieldhouse on Wednesday night.

The St. John’s Red Storm will try to catch Georgetown, sitting a game back of the Hoyas at 4-12 in conference play after a 91-71 win over Creighton last time out. LJ Figueroa leads the Red Storm in scoring with 14.4 PPG while Mustapha Heron has 13.8 PPG in 21 games and Rasheem Dunn has 12.8 PPG and a team-high 3.6 APG this season. Julian Champagnie also has 9.2 PPG and a team-high 6.3 RPG for the Red Storm this season. As a team, St. John’s is averaging 74.8 points on 41% shooting from the field, 31.7% from 3-point range and 70.8% from the foul line while allowing 71.2 points on 41% shooting from the field and 31.3% from 3-point range this season. St. John’s is 1-7 straight up and 3-4-1 against the spread on the road this season.

The Butler Bulldogs will try to break free from a logjam in the middle of the Big East, sitting at 8-8 in conference play after a 60-42 win over DePaul in their last outing. Kamar Baldwin leads Butler in scoring with 15.7 PPG while Sean McDermott is 2nd in scoring with 11.8 PPG. Bryce Nze has 9.3 PPG and a team-high 6.6 RPG while Aaron Thompson has a team-high 4.8 APG this season. As a team, Butler is averaging 68.1 points on 45.7% shooting from the field, 33.4% from 3-point range and 73.1% from the foul line while allowing opposing teams to average 62.1 points on 39.5% shooting from the field and 33.2% from 3-point range this season. Butler is 13-3 straight up and 8-7-1 against the spread at home this season.

Head-to-head, the home team is 7-0 ATS in the last 7 meetings between these two teams this season.

This is a ton of points to lay considering that Butler hasn’t really been playing their best lately, but the fact of the matter is that St. John’s has been brutal on the road in conference play, losing 5 of their 8 road games in conference by double-digits, including 4 of the last 5 games. Hinkle Fieldhouse is one of the tougher road environments in the Big East and I don’t see St. John’s magically fixing what ails them here. I’ll lay the points with the Bulldogs in a double-digit Butler victory.

Chris’s Pick Butler -8.5

The pick in this article is the opinion of the writer, not a Sports Chat Place site consensus.