Marquette Golden Eagles vs St. John's Red Storm Prediction, 1/16/2021 College Basketball Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Marquette Golden Eagles vs St. John's Red Storm
Date: Saturday, January 16, 2021
Location: Carnesecca Arena in Queens, NY
Odds/Point Spread: Marquette (-1.5)
The Marquette Golden Eagles (7-6) travel to Carnesecca Arena on Saturday where they'll take on the St. John's Red Storm (7-6). Marquette opens this contest as 1.5-point favorites. The over/under has been set at 154.
Marquette comes into this game with a mark of 7-6 for the season. They are losing possession via turnover 13.5 times per game and as a unit they are committing 17.8 fouls on a nightly basis. As a unit, Marquette is pulling down 38.3 boards per contest and is sitting with 185 assists this year, which is 50th in D-1 in terms of passing. The Golden Eagles are connecting on 36.5% on shots beyond the perimeter (99 of 271) and 71.3% from the free throw line. They have an average of 73.1 pts per game (160th in the nation) while shooting 45.1% from the floor. On defense, the Golden Eagles are forcing 10.7 turnovers per game and they draw 17.7 personal fouls. They are currently ranked 301st in college hoops in allowing assists with 175 conceded so far this year. The Golden Eagles defense is allowing an opponent shooting percentage of 40.3% (310 of 769) and they concede 33.1 rebounds per game as a group. They are giving up 35.1% on 3-pointers and they are ranked 168th in college basketball in PPG allowed (69.5).
The Marquette Golden Eagles took the court against the Providence Friars and notched a win by a score of 79-69 in their last contest. Marquette finished the contest having earned a 46.6% field goal percentage (27 out of 58) and knocked down 7 of 24 shots from 3-point land. From the charity stripe, the Golden Eagles buried 18 of 24 tries for a percentage of 75.0%. In terms of hauling in boards, they compiled 36 with 11 of them being on the offensive end. They also doled out 16 assists for this game while earning 7 steals and 6 rejections. In regard to defending, Marquette allowed the other team to shoot 46.6% from the field on 27 out of 58 shooting. Providence recorded 16 assists and had 6 steals for the matchup. Moreover, the Friars grabbed 28 rebounds (8 offensive, 20 defensive) and got 6 blocks. Providence ended up shooting 80.0% at the free throw line by burying 12 of their 15 shots. They converted 9 out of their 19 tries from beyond the arc.
Dawson Garcia is one player who was a contributor for the contest. He walked away with 20 points on 7 out of 11 shooting. He saw the court for 32 mins and also grabbed 6 boards. Garcia shot 63.6% from the floor and also recorded 2 assists. An additional guy that was a factor in this contest for the Golden Eagles was Koby McEwen. He grabbed 8 rebounds and also earned 5 assists. He finished the game at 41.7% from the floor for this game by hitting 5-of-12 (17 points). Overall, McEwen saw the court for 36 min.
St. John's has a win-loss mark of 7-6 on the year. The Red Storm commit 18.8 fouls every game while shooting 72.4% from the free throw line. They are getting an assist 17.2 times per game (29th in the nation) and they are giving up possession 13.2 times per game. St. John's has totaled 1,035 points so far this season (79.6 per contest) and they average 36.2 boards per game. On the offensive side of the court, the Red Storm are connecting on 45.3% from the floor, which is ranked 144th in the nation. The Red Storm on the defensive side of the court are 317th in D-1 in points given up per game with 78.9. The St. John's defense concedes 37.5% on shots from distance (115 of 307) and opponents are connecting on 65.2% of their free throw attempts. They give up 15.3 assists and 37.7 rebounds per contest, which has them ranked 296th and 270th in those defensive categories. They are able to force 17.5 TO's per game and have let teams shoot 48.1% from the field (332nd in college hoops).
The last time they took the hardwood, the St. John's Red Storm got the victory with a final of 69-57 when they played the Butler Bulldogs. The Red Storm collected 23 defensive rebounds and 4 offensive rebounds totaling 27 for the matchup. They stuffed 4 tries while getting 9 steals for this game. The Bulldogs were called for 15 personal fouls in the matchup which took the Red Storm to the free throw line for a total of 17 attempts. They were able to make 11 of those for a percentage of 64.7%. In relation to shots from beyond the perimeter, St. John's made 8 out of 23 tries (34.8%). When all was said and done, the Red Storm finished the game shooting 25 for 56 from the floor which gave them a percentage of 44.6%. The Red Storm permitted the Bulldogs to bury 23 of 53 attempts from the field which had them at 43.4% for the matchup. They shot 25.0% from downtown by going 6 out of 24 and ended up going 5 out of 10 from the free throw line (50.0%). When discussing how they cleaned up the glass, St. John's permitted Butler to get 36 in all (6 offensive).
Julian Champagnie ended up being a major contributor for the Red Storm for this game. He converted 6 of 12 in this contest giving him a rate of 50.0%, which had him sitting at 18 points. Champagnie snagged 5 rebounds in his 34 minutes and had 2 dimes in this game. Another guy that ended being a contributor for St. John's was Posh Alexander. He notched 10 points in 29 minutes on the hardwood by going 3 out of 9 shooting for the contest. Alexander walked away from this one going 33.3% from the field while also collecting 2 assists and 4 total rebounds.
Who will win tonight's college basketball game against the spread?
Guy Bruhn's Pick: Take St. John's (+1.5)
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