St. John's Red Storm vs Butler Bulldogs Prediction, 2/9/2021 College Basketball Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: St. John's Red Storm vs Butler Bulldogs
Date: Tuesday, February 9, 2021
Location: Hinkle Fieldhouse in Indianapolis, IN
Odds/Point Spread: St. John's (-1.5)
The Butler Bulldogs (6-10) play the St. John's Red Storm (13-7) at Hinkle Fieldhouse on Tuesday. The line on this game has St. John's as 1.5-point favorites. The total has been set at 140.5.
St. John's will play this game with a mark of 13-7 on the year. They turn the ball over 12.7 times per game and as a group are committing 18.3 fouls on a nightly basis. As a team, St. John's is collecting 35.7 rebounds per contest and has tallied 334 dimes on the campaign, which is 7th in the nation in terms of passing. The Red Storm are shooting 36.2% on shots from beyond the arc (149 of 412) and 74.0% from the free throw line. They have an average of 79.7 pts per contest (37th in the nation) on 45.6% from the field. On the defensive end, the Red Storm have forced 17.1 turnovers on a nightly basis and they draw 16.5 personal fouls. The Red Storm defense is allowing an opponent shooting percentage of 46.4% (557 of 1,200) and they surrender 37.6 boards per game as a team. They rank 330th in college hoops in giving up assists with 290 surrendered this season. They are surrendering 35.6% on 3-point shots while they are 299th in D-1 in points per game from their opponents (76.4).
The St. John's Red Storm faced the Providence Friars and walked away with a win by a score of 92-81 in their last game. St. John's ended the contest with a 58.6% field goal percentage (34 of 58) and converted 10 out of their 19 3-pointers. When they shot from the charity stripe, the Red Storm converted 14 of their 16 shots for a percentage of 87.5%. Regarding rebounding, they compiled 31 with 6 of them being offensive. They also recorded 17 assists for this game as well as earning 9 steals and 2 blocked shots. In regard to defense, St. John's let their opponent shoot 58.6% from the floor on 34 of 58 shooting. Providence distributed 17 dimes and had 6 steals in the matchup. Moreover, the Friars snagged 27 rebounds (11 offensive, 16 defensive) and had 2 rejections. Providence finished the game shooting 68.2% at the free throw line by burying 15 of their 22 shots. They also made 8 of 26 shots from distance.
Julian Champagnie is someone who was a factor in this matchup. He notched 24 points on 9 of 18 shooting. He saw the court for 34 minutes played and snagged 10 rebounds. Champagnie finished the game at 50.0% from the floor and also recorded 2 assists. One more player that was a determining factor in this matchup for the Red Storm was Posh Alexander. He pulled down 2 rebounds and also earned 4 dimes. He shot 57.1% from the floor in the matchup by connecting on 8-of-14 (21 points). When the game finished, Alexander was on the court for 31 min.
Butler has a record of 6-10 so far this season. Butler has tallied 1,008 points on the season (63.0 per game) and they pull down 32.2 boards per contest. The Bulldogs have committed 16.9 fouls every game and they go 61.3% from the free throw line. On the offensive side of the court, the Bulldogs are shooting 41.3% from the floor, which has them ranked 302nd in the nation. They are assisting teammates 12.1 times per game (265th in the country) and they turn it over 11.0 times per contest. The Bulldogs on defense are ranked 86th in college hoops in points per game surrendered with 66.8. They give up 13.6 dimes and 32.8 rebounds every game, which is ranked 227th and 78th in those defensive categories. The Butler defense allows 37.0% on shots from distance (115 of 311) and their opponents are converting on 67.6% of their foul shots. They are forcing 12.4 TO's per game and have let teams shoot 46.4% from the floor (292nd in college basketball).
In their last game, the Butler Bulldogs took home the win by a final score of 68-58 when they played the DePaul Blue Demons. The Bulldogs corralled 18 defensive rebounds and 6 offensive rebounds totaling 24 in the matchup. They also blocked 5 tries while recording 5 steals in this contest. The Blue Demons were called for 28 fouls in this matchup which took the Bulldogs to the free throw line for a total of 36 attempts. They were able to bury 24 of the free throw attempts for a clip of 66.7%. Regarding 3-point attempts, Butler made 8 of 20 tries (40.0%). When all was said and done, the Bulldogs shot 18 out of 41 from the floor which had them at 43.9%. The Bulldogs allowed the Blue Demons to bury 22 out of 56 tries from the field which gave them a percentage of 39.3% in the matchup. They wrapped up this game 35.7% from beyond the perimeter by going 5 of 14 and ended up going 9 out of 16 from the free throw line (56.3%). In the matter of attacking the glass, Butler permitted DePaul to collect 26 in total (9 on the offensive side).
Bryce Nze ended up being a factor for the Bulldogs for the matchup. He made 6 out of 8 in this contest giving him a rate of 75.0%, which got him 22 points. Nze collected 3 boards in his 30 minutes and had 2 assists for the matchup. One more player that was important for Butler was Aaron Thompson. He ended up finishing with 9 points in 37 minutes on the hardwood by way of 3 of 5 shooting for the game. Thompson wrapped this one up going 60.0% from the field in addition to contributing 5 assists and 3 total rebounds.
Who will win tonight's college basketball game against the spread?
Josh Schonwald's Pick: Take St. John's (-1.5)
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