Butler Bulldogs vs St. John's Red Storm Prediction, 1/12/2021 College Basketball Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Butler Bulldogs vs St. John's Red Storm
Date: Tuesday, January 12, 2021
Location: Carnesecca Arena in Queens, NY
Odds/Point Spread: Butler (+2)
The Butler Bulldogs (3-6) travel to Carnesecca Arena on Tuesday where they'll take on the St. John's Red Storm (6-6). St. John's opens this game as 2-point favorites. The O/U has been set at 147.5.
Butler enters this game with a mark of 3-6 this year. The Bulldogs are shooting 36.0% on 3-pointers (64 of 178) and 61.8% from the charity stripe. They average 63.7 pts per contest (312th in the nation) on 42.3% from the field. They turn it over 11.1 times per game and as a team they are committing 16.3 fouls every game. As a unit, Butler is grabbing 31.3 boards per game and has accounted for 106 dimes so far this year, which is 246th in Division 1 in terms of passing. On defense, the Bulldogs have forced 12.0 turnovers on a nightly basis and they draw 17.8 fouls. They are currently ranked 207th in college basketball in giving up assists to their opponents with 133 surrendered so far this season. The Bulldogs are giving up and opponent field goal percentage of 46.9% (227 of 484) and they concede 32.3 boards per contest as a team. They give up 39.2% on 3-point attempts while they are 161st in D-1 in PPG allowed (69.0).
The Butler Bulldogs faced the Connecticut Huskies and took a loss by a score of 72-60 in their last game. Butler ended the contest with a 46.7% field goal percentage (21 out of 45) and knocked down 5 out of their 15 3-pointers. From the free throw line, the Bulldogs made 13 of their 21 attempts for a percentage of 61.9%. In relation to pulling down boards, they compiled 22 with 4 of them being on the offensive end. They also distributed 12 dimes in the matchup in addition to having 6 steals and 2 blocked shots. When talking about defense, Butler allowed 46.7% from the field on 21 of 45 shooting. Connecticut earned 13 dimes and had 7 steals in the matchup. On top of that, the Huskies grabbed 28 rebounds (7 offensive, 21 defensive) and added 2 blocks. Connecticut finished the game at 80.0% at the charity stripe by knocking down 12 of 15 tries. They also buried 10 out of their 21 tries from beyond the arc.
Bryce Nze is one guy who was a factor for this game. He racked up 18 points on 6 out of 8 shooting. He was on the court for 36 minutes and also pulled down 6 boards. Nze walked away from this one shooting 75.0% from the field and dished out 2 dimes. An additional guy that was a determining factor in the matchup for the Bulldogs was Aaron Thompson. He grabbed 2 rebounds and also totaled 6 assists. He finished 66.7% from the field for this contest by shooting 6-of-9 (14 points). When all was said and done, Thompson saw the court for 37 min.
St. John's has a win-loss record of 6-6 this season. St. John's has scored 966 pts for the season (80.5 per game) and they collect 36.8 rebounds per game. The Red Storm have committed 19.1 fouls per game and they shoot 73.0% from the free throw line. As an offense, the Red Storm are hitting on 45.4% from the field, which has them ranked 143rd in the nation. They are dishing out assists 17.5 times per game (28th in the nation) and they are turning it over 13.5 times per contest. The Red Storm on defense are ranked 326th in D-1 in PPG given up with 80.8. They relinquish 15.5 assists and 37.6 boards every game, which ranks 303rd and 273rd in the country. The St. John's defense allows 38.5% on three-point shots (109 of 283) and their opponents are knocking down 65.8% of their free throw shots. They have forced 17.7 TO's per game and have allowed teams to shoot 48.4% from the floor (333rd in the nation).
When they last stepped on the court, the St. John's Red Storm walked away from this one with a loss by a score of 97-79 against the Creighton Bluejays. The Red Storm were able to snag 24 defensive rebounds and 11 offensive rebounds for a total of 35 in the matchup. They also turned away 2 tries while getting 7 steals in this contest. The Bluejays earned 13 personal fouls in the game which took the Red Storm to the charity stripe for a total of 6 shots. They were able to knock down 5 of those for a rate of 83.3%. When it comes to shots from beyond the perimeter, St. John's converted 8 out of their 21 tries (38.1%). When the game finished, the Red Storm ended up shooting 33 for 71 from the field which had them shooting 46.5%. The Red Storm permitted the Bluejays to convert 37 out of 68 tries from the floor which gave them a percentage of 54.4% for this contest. They shot 44.4% from 3-point land by going 16 of 36 and walked away from this one shooting 7 out of 13 from the charity stripe (53.8%). With respect to rebounds, St. John's permitted Creighton to snag 33 in total (10 offensive).
Julian Champagnie was important for the Red Storm in this contest. He converted 13 out of 21 in this game for a rate of 61.9%, which had him finishing with 33 points. Champagnie pulled down 10 boards in his 33 mins played and earned 2 assists in this matchup. An additional guy who came through for St. John's was Marcellus Earlington. He was able to score 13 points in 21 minutes played via 6 of 9 from the floor for this game. Earlington wrapped this one up going 66.7% from the field while also totaling 2 dimes and 6 rebounds.
Who will win tonight's college basketball game against the spread?
Tony Sink's Pick: Take Butler (+2)
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