Marquette vs. St. John's
|Date & Time||Thursday March 14, 2019, 7:00 PM (EDT)|
Madison Square Garden
New York City, New York
The Line: Marquette -2.5 -- Over/Under: 149
The Marquette Golden Eagles and St. John's Red Storm meet Thursday in the college basketball Big East Tournament at Madison Square Garden.
The Marquette Golden Eagles enter this tournament on a rough four-game losing streak. The Marquette Golden Eagles are averaging 77.4 points on 46 percent shooting and allowing 69.2 points on 40.4 percent shooting. Markus Howard is averaging 25 points and 3.9 rebounds while Sam Hauser is averaging 14.8 points and 2.4 assists. Joey Hauser is dishing 2.5 assists and Sacar Anim is grabbing 3.2 rebounds. The Marquette Golden Eagles are shooting 39.4 percent from beyond the arc and 76.4 percent from the free throw line. The Marquette Golden Eagles are allowing 32.5 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 35 rebounds per game. The Marquette Golden Eagles have won five of their last seven non-home games.
The St. John's Red Storm look for another victory after beating up on DePaul on Wednesday. The St. John's Red Storm are averaging 78.2 points on 45.8 percent shooting and allowing 74.4 points on 43.2 percent shooting. Shamorie Ponds is averaging 19.8 points and 5.2 assists while Mustapha Heron is averaging 15 points and 4.7 rebounds. LJ Figueroa is the third double-digit scorer and Marvin Clark II is grabbing 5.5 rebounds. The St. John's Red Storm are shooting 36.7 percent from beyond the arc and 72.8 percent from the free throw line. The St. John's Red Storm are allowing 33.7 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 30.5 rebounds per game. The St. John's Red Storm have lost four of their last five non-home games.
The Red Storm are 1-5 ATS in their last 6 games following a straight up win, 1-6-1 ATS in their last 8 games following a ATS win and 0-4 ATS in their last 4 Thursday games. The Golden Eagles are 0-4 ATS in their last 4 neutral site games, 0-4 ATS in their last 4 vs. Big East and 0-4 ATS in their last 4 games overall. The Red Storm are 8-2 ATS in the last 10 meetings and the favorite is 4-1 ATS in the last 5 meetings. The under is 4-1 in Golden Eagles last 5 overall. The over is 4-0 in Red Storm last 4 overall.
The St. John's Red Storm won both meetings against Marquette this season and are probably playing better basketball overall right now than the Golden Eagles. However, the losing streak could be a good thing for Marquette, as it could create a new level of focus or wake up call for this team. Step up or watch your season come to an end. I'm also excited to see Markus Howard playing on the big stage of MSG. Special players tend to takeover in this arena, and he could have a breakout game that wills his team to victory. Even with their struggles, I like the Marquette Golden Eagles to get the job done here, covering the small chalk.