St. John's Red Storm vs Creighton Bluejays Prediction, 1/9/2021 College Basketball Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: St. John's Red Storm vs Creighton Bluejays
Date: Saturday, January 9, 2021
Location: CHI Health Center Omaha in Omaha, NE
Odds/Point Spread: St. John's (+13.5)
The Creighton Bluejays (9-2) play the St. John's Red Storm (6-5) at CHI Health Center Omaha on Saturday. The spread on this game has Creighton as 13.5-point favorites. The O/U has been set at 160.
St. John's comes into this matchup with a win-loss mark of 6-5 on the year. The Red Storm are connecting on 32.9% on three-point attempts (71 of 216) and 72.7% from the charity stripe. They have an average of 80.6 pts per contest (48th in D-1) while shooting 45.2% from the floor. They are giving up possession 13.5 times per contest and as a unit they are committing 19.6 fouls per contest. As a team, St. John's is snagging 36.6 boards per game and has 197 assists on the campaign, which is 16th in the nation in terms of passing. Defensively, the Red Storm have forced 18.3 turnovers per game while drawing 17.5 personal fouls. They rank 313th in college basketball in giving up assists with 161 relinquished on the year. The Red Storm defense is allowing a FG percentage of 47.8% (314 of 657) and they concede 37.7 boards per game as a squad. They are relinquishing 37.7% from beyond the arc and they are ranked 313th in the nation in points per game from their opponents (79.3).
The St. John's Red Storm played the Xavier Musketeers and took a loss by a score of 69-61 in their last game. St. John's wrapped up the contest with a 35.8% field goal percentage (24 out of 67) and converted 5 out of their 18 3-pointers. From the free throw line, the Red Storm knocked down 8 of 15 tries for a percentage of 53.3%. Regarding pulling down rebounds, they compiled a total of 38 with 8 of them being offensive. They also doled out 17 assists for the matchup in addition to earning 9 steals and 8 blocked shots. In terms of defending, St. John's allowed the other team to shoot 35.8% from the floor on 24 out of 67 shooting. Xavier earned 11 assists and had 11 steals in this contest. Furthurmore, the Musketeers collected 51 rebounds (13 offensive, 38 defensive) and added 8 rejections. Xavier ended up going 61.8% when shooting free throws by knocking down 21 of their 34 attempts. They buried 0 out of their 12 attempts from 3-point land.
Rasheem Dunn is one player who came through in this contest. He notched 17 points on 8 of 15 shooting. He played for 29 minutes and pulled down 2 rebounds. Dunn finished the game at 53.3% from the field and totaled 2 dimes. One more player that came through in this matchup for the Red Storm was Julian Champagnie. He totaled 9 boards and also tallied 2 assists. He ended up shooting 28.6% from the field for the contest by going 4-of-14 (15 points). Overall, Champagnie was on the court for 34 min.
Creighton has a win-loss mark of 9-2 for the season. The Bluejays have committed 15.3 personal fouls every game and they connect on 66.7% from the free throw line. They are assisting teammates 17.3 times per contest (38th in D-1) and they are giving up possession 11.3 times per game. Creighton has tallied 902 points for the campaign (82.0 per game) and they collect 37.5 rebounds per contest. On the offensive side of the ball, the Bluejays are shooting 49.1% from the field, which is 43rd in the country. The Bluejays defensively are ranked 135th in college hoops in PPG surrendered with 68.0. They have allowed 12.2 assists and 37.0 boards per game, which is ranked 139th and 243rd in those categories on the defensive end. The Creighton defense allows 33.3% on shots from beyond the arc (87 of 261) and their opposition makes 65.8% of their shots from the free throw line. They are able to force 13.5 turnovers per game and have allowed teams to shoot 39.1% from the floor (43rd in college basketball).
The last time they took the hardwood, the Creighton Bluejays took home the win by a final score of 89-53 when they played the Seton Hall Pirates. The Bluejays recorded 26 defensive rebounds and 5 offensive rebounds for a total of 31 in this matchup. They blocked 4 shots while getting 11 steals in this contest. The Pirates were called for 10 personal fouls for this game which got the Bluejays to the free throw line for a total of 10 tries. They were able to convert 8 of the free throw tries for a rate of 80.0%. In relation to shooting from 3-point land, Creighton buried 13 of 24 tries (54.2%). When all was said and done, the Bluejays went 34 for 57 from the floor which had them at 59.6%. The Bluejays permitted the Pirates to knock down 17 out of their 51 attempts from the floor which gave them a shooting percentage of 33.3% for the contest. They finished 16.7% from distance by shooting 3 out of 18 and ended up going 16 out of 27 at the charity stripe (59.3%). In reference to cleaning up the glass, Creighton permitted Seton Hall to pull down 20 in total (9 on the offensive side).
Damien Jefferson ended up being a factor for the Bluejays for this contest. He buried 8 of 12 for the game giving him a field goal percentage of 66.7%, which had him sitting at 19 points. Jefferson pulled down 2 boards in his 30 mins and had 2 dimes in the matchup. Someone else that ended up playing a role for Creighton was Denzel Mahoney. He ended up with 14 points in his 28 minutes played via 5 out of 9 from the floor in the game. Mahoney wrapped this one up going 55.6% from the floor as well as contributing 2 assists and 3 rebounds.
So what is Tonights Parlay prediction?
Parlay's Pundit's Pick: Take Creighton (-13.5) and under 160 points
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