Butler Bulldogs vs St. John's Red Storm Prediction, 3/8/2023 College Basketball Picks, Best Bets & Odds
Game: Butler Bulldogs vs St. John's Red Storm
Date: Wednesday, March 8, 2023
Location: Madison Square Garden in New York, NY
The Butler Bulldogs (14-17) are en route to Madison Square Garden on Wednesday where they will take on the St. John's Red Storm (17-14).
The Butler Bulldogs faced off with Xavier and ended up losing by a score of 78-66 in their last game. Butler ended with a 45.5% FG percentage (25 of 55) and buried 3 of 16 3-point shots. At the free throw line, the Bulldogs made 13 of 15 shots for a rate of 86.7%. In regard to grabbing boards, they compiled a total of 17 with 3 of them being on the offensive end. They also doled out 16 assists in this game in addition to forcing 12 turnovers and getting 6 steals. When talking about the defense, Butler allowed their opponent to shoot 53.8% from the floor on 28 of 52 shooting. Xavier doled out 19 assists and had 5 steals in this contest. Additionally, Xavier totaled 36 rebounds (11 offensive, 25 defensive), but didn't notch a block. Xavier ended up going 66.7% from the free throw line by knocking down 18 of their 27 tries. They also buried 4 of 12 tries from beyond the perimeter. When discussing personal fouls, the Bulldogs walked away with 19 and Xavier finished the game with 17 personal fouls.
Jayden Taylor is a player who was a major contributor for this game. He accumulated 16 points on 6 of 14 shooting. He was on the court for 38 mins played and also totaled 3 boards. He finished the game at 42.9% from the floor but finished the game without an assist.
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Butler will enter this game with a mark of 14-17 this season. They lose possession by turning the ball over 11.8 times per contest and as a squad they are committing 13.4 fouls per contest. As a unit, Butler is collecting 30.0 boards per game and has tallied 389 assists this year, which ranks 234th in the country in terms of passing the rock. The Bulldogs are hitting 33.0% from downtown (200 of 606) and 73.7% from the charity stripe. They average 65.3 points per game (330th in D-1) while hitting 43.8% from the field.
When they are on the defensive end, the Bulldogs are forcing 12.5 turnovers every game while drawing 14.3 fouls. They give up 32.2% on 3-pointers and they are 108th in the nation in points per game allowed (67.7). The Bulldogs defensively are allowing an opponent shooting percentage of 44.8% (808 of 1,805) and they concede 35.7 rebounds per contest as a squad. They rank 253rd in the nation in giving up assists to their opponents with 430 surrendered for the season.
The last time they took the court, the St. John's Red Storm took a defeat with a final score of 96-94 against Marquette. The Red Storm were able to snag 26 defensive rebounds and 10 offensive boards for a total of 36 in the matchup. They also turned it over 19 times, while recording 2 steals for this contest. Marquette was called for 22 fouls for this contest which got the Red Storm to the charity stripe for a total of 18 tries. They were able to convert 16 of the free throw tries for a rate of 88.9%. Pertaining to three-point attempts, St. John's knocked down 10 of their 20 tries (50.0%). Overall, the Red Storm ended up shooting 34 for 64 from the field which gave them a shooting percentage of 53.1%. The Red Storm permitted Marquette to convert 32 of their 64 tries from the floor which had them sitting at 50.0% for this game. They shot 35.5% from distance by shooting 11 out of 31 and ended up going 21 of 28 at the free throw line (75.0%). When discussing how they cleaned up the glass, St. John's permitted Marquette to pull down 25 in total (8 on the offensive side).
Dylan Addae-Wusu was important for the Red Storm in this matchup. He racked up 25 points in his 33 minutes on the hardwood and had 5 assists for this contest. He converted 9 of 13 in the matchup giving him a rate of 69.2%, and added 6 rebounds.
St. John's has a win-loss mark of 17-14 on the campaign. When it comes to offense, the Red Storm are connecting on 45.5% from the floor, which ranks 132nd in the nation. St. John's has scored 2,406 points this year (77.6 per game) and they average 39.4 boards per contest. Their rate of earning assists is at 15.5 times per contest (34th in the nation) and they turn it over 13.7 times per game. The Red Storm are committing 16.4 fouls per contest and they go 69.6% from the charity stripe.
The St. John's defense gives up 35.2% on shots from beyond the arc (261 of 741) and their opposition makes 71.7% of their free throw attempts. They surrender 15.4 assists and 35.8 rebounds per contest, which ranks them 342nd and 287th in those defensive categories. The Red Storm are ranked 325th in the country in PPG surrendered with 75.7. They are able to force 14.7 TO's per game and allow teams to shoot 43.8% from the floor (191st in Division 1).
Who will win tonight's NCAA basketball game against the spread?
Guy Bruhn's Pick: Take St. John's
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