Creighton Bluejays vs St. John's Red Storm Prediction, 2/23/2022 College Basketball Picks, Best Bets & Odds
Game: Creighton Bluejays vs St. John's Red Storm
Date: Wednesday, February 23, 2022
Location: Carnesecca Arena in Jamaica, NY
Carnesecca Arena is the location where the St. John's Red Storm (15-11) will compete against the Creighton Bluejays (18-8) on Wednesday.
The Creighton Bluejays played Marquette and walked away with a win by a score of 83-82 in their last game. Creighton finished the contest with a 53.6% FG percentage (30 out of 56) and converted 8 out of their 21 shots from 3-point land. From the free throw line, the Bluejays buried 15 of 21 shots for a percentage of 71.4%. Pertaining to hauling in boards, they compiled 28 with 8 of them being on the offensive end. They also recorded 16 dimes in this matchup while forcing the opposition into 16 turnovers and getting 11 steals. With regard to defense, Creighton allowed the other team to go 54.7% from the field on 35 out of 64 shooting. Marquette recorded 8 dimes and had 7 steals for the game. Moreover, Marquette pulled down 26 rebounds (8 offensive, 18 defensive), but couldn't earn a rejection. Marquette finished the game at 60.0% from the free throw line by burying 6 of their 10 shots. They also knocked down 6 out of their 16 tries from beyond the arc. Regarding personal fouls, the Bluejays ended up finishing with 8 and Marquette accumulated 19 personal fouls.
Ryan Kalkbrenner is a player who was a major contributor in this matchup. He accounted for 21 points on 8 out of 9 shooting. He was on the court for 37 minutes and also grabbed 7 boards. He ended up going 88.9% from the field but wasn't able to get a dime.
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Creighton will enter this contest with a mark of 18-8 this season. They are averaging 69.8 points per contest (217th in college basketball) while going 45.4% from the field. The Bluejays are connecting on 31.4% on shots from 3-point land (178 of 566) and 72.8% from the free throw line. As a team, Creighton is grabbing 38.2 boards per contest and is sitting with 351 assists on the year, which ranks 174th in the country in terms of passing. They turn it over 14.5 times per game and as a group they commit 13.8 personal fouls every game.
Defensively, the Bluejays are forcing 11.2 turnovers per game while drawing 15.5 fouls. They are currently ranked 75th in the nation in giving up assists with 295 surrendered on the year. The Bluejays defensively are giving up and opponent field goal percentage of 39.6% (647 of 1,635) and they surrender 35.2 rebounds per game as a team. They are giving up 32.3% from beyond the arc and they are 97th in college basketball in PPG from their opponents (66.3).
When they last stepped on the hardwood, the St. John's Red Storm went home victorious with a score of 91-57 when they faced Butler. The Red Storm snagged 30 defensive rebounds and 5 offensive rebounds for a total of 35 for the game. They gave up possession 16 times, while recording 12 steals in this matchup. Butler earned 12 fouls in the game which took the Red Storm to the free throw line for 11 shots. They were able to make 10 of them for a rate of 90.9%. When discussing 3-point attempts, St. John's buried 11 of 22 tries (50.0%). In all, the Red Storm went 35 out of 57 from the field which gave them a shooting percentage of 61.4%. The Red Storm permitted Butler to make 20 of their 58 tries from the field which had them at 34.5% for this game. They went 33.3% from downtown via 8 out of 24 and finished the contest at 9 of 21 from the charity stripe (42.9%). In reference to rebounds, St. John's allowed Butler to pull down 21 overall (8 offensive).
Julian Champagnie ended up being a major contributor for the Red Storm for the contest. He knocked down 11 out of 22 for the matchup giving him a rate of 50.0%, and had 7 rebounds. He earned 31 points in his 34 mins of playing time and accounted for 3 dimes in this contest.
St. John's has a record of 15-11 for the season. On the offensive side of the court, the Red Storm are shooting 45.3% from the floor, which ranks them 114th in D-1. St. John's has accumulated 2,060 points on the year (79.2 per game) and they grab 38.1 rebounds per game. They are dishing out assists 18.8 times per contest (4th in college hoops) and they turn the ball over 12.6 times per contest. The Red Storm are responsible for committing 17.6 personal fouls per game while shooting 67.1% from the free throw line.
The Red Storm on the defensive end are ranked 286th in the country in PPG given up with 73.2. They are forcing their opponents into 16.4 turnovers on a nightly basis and have let teams shoot 41.8% from the field (112th in college hoops). The St. John's defense surrenders 35.8% on shots from distance (217 of 606) and their opponents are connecting on 70.8% of their free throw shots. They concede 13.1 assists and 38.6 boards on a nightly basis, which ranks them 224th and 339th in those defensive categories.
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Tony Sink's Pick: Take Creighton
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