St. John's at Butler
|Date & Time||Saturday January 19, 2019, 4:30 PM (EST)|
The Line: Butler -5 -- Over/Under: 149.5
The St. John's Red Storm and Butler Bulldogs meet Saturday in college basketball action at the Hinkle Fieldhouse.
The St. John's Red Storm look for a victory after splitting their last six games. The St. John's Red Storm are averaging 83 points on 48.4 percent shooting and allowing 72.2 points on 41.9 percent shooting. Shamorie Ponds is averaging 20.6 points and 5.9 assists while Mustapha Heron is averaging 15.1 points and 4.8 rebounds. LJ Figueroa is the third double-digit scorer and Marvin Clark II is grabbing 5.8 rebounds. The St. John's Red Storm are shooting 39.5 percent from beyond the arc and 70.4 percent from the free throw line. The St. John's Red Storm are allowing 33.6 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 34.6 rebounds per game. The St. John's Red Storm have split their last four road games.
The Butler Bulldogs could also use a win after losing four of their last six games. The Butler Bulldogs are averaging 74 points on 46.1 percent shooting and allowing 67.1 points on 44.1 percent shooting. Kamar Baldwin is averaging 17 points and 5.6 rebounds while Paul Jorgensen is averaging 12.4 points and 1.6 assists. Sean McDermott is the third double-digit scorer and Joey Brunk is grabbing 4.6 rebounds. The Butler Bulldogs are shooting 37 percent from beyond the arc and 74.9 percent from the free throw line. The Butler Bulldogs are allowing 33.6 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 32.8 rebounds per game. The Butler Bulldogs have won eight of their last nine home games.
The Red Storm are 3-1-1 ATS in their last 5 games following a ATS win, 4-1-1 ATS in their last 6 vs. Big East and 6-1-1 ATS in their last 8 games overall. The Bulldogs are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games following a ATS win. The Red Storm are 0-4 ATS in the last 4 meetings in Butler and 2-6 ATS in the last 8 meetings. The over is 5-0 in Bulldogs last 5 overall. The under is 4-1-1 in Red Storm last 6 overall.
Both of these teams have run hot and cold recently, so it's tough to get a good feel for either side. But while Butler has lost four of its last six games, it's a team that's still shooting 46.8 percent from the field and winning by an average of 4.6 points in its last five games. However, the St. John's Red Storm are probably the team that's in better form overall, and they've already snagged big road wins against Georgetown, Georgia Tech, VCU, Cal and took Villanova down to the wire. St. John's is battle tested and have shown they can win games like this. I'll take the points.