The St. John’s Red Storm (15-15, 4-13 Big East) and Marquette Golden Eagles (18-11, 8-9 Big East) will square off at Carnesecca Arena to bring the regular season to a conclusion. Action starts at 12 p.m. ET on Saturday, March 7, 2020.
Marquette Golden Eagles at St. John’s Red Storm Betting Preview
In the Golden Eagles’ last outing, they lost a tough one against the DePaul Blue Demons, 69-68. Marquette’s Markus Howard put together a solid performance, leading both teams in scoring with 31 points on 8-for-21 shooting. DePaul did an excellent job of making free throws (31-35; 88.6 percent). Marquette, meanwhile, held the Blue Demons to an effective field goal percentage of 0.339 (below their season average of 0.492).
The Red Storm are trying to rebound after their 77-55 loss to the Butler Bulldogs in their last contest. Julian Champagnie was the game’s high scorer with 23 points on 9-for-14 shooting. Butler’s free throw rate was their biggest strength over St. John’s. The Bulldogs had a rate of 0.214 (below their season average of 0.215), while the Red Storm posted a mark of 0.083 (below their season average of 0.210).
There could be plenty of transition action in this contest that features two of the nation’s more up-and-down teams. St. John’s currently ranks 30th in possessions per game (73.3) and Marquette is 60th (71.8). Additionally, the Golden Eagles rank 60th in opponents’ effective field goal percentage (0.465), while the Red Storm rank 339th in effective field goal percentage (0.457).
These two schools have already met once this season. The Golden Eagles won 82-68. Marquette did a terrific job of getting and making free throws (26-33; 78.8 percent). St. John’s, on the other hand, had a much better turnover percentage (9.6 vs. 18.6). Howard was the game’s top overall scorer with 32 points.
Marquette Golden Eagles vs. St. John’s Red Storm Prediction
College Basketball Prediction: SU Winner – St. John’s, ATS Winner – St. John’s, O/U – Under
The Golden Eagles rank 43rd in blocks per game (4.3) while the Red Storm rank 180th in blocks allowed per game (4.3).
St. John’s ranks 48th in assists per game (14.7) while Marquette ranks 155th in assists allowed per game (13.0).
Marquette averages 39.7 rebounds per game, which ranks 22nd in the NCAA. St. John’s ranks 296th in rebounds allowed per game (41.1).
The Golden Eagles average 26.4 three pointers per game, which ranks 33rd in the nation. The Red Storm rank 261st in three pointers allowed per game (25.0).
St. John’s ranks fifth in steals per game (9.8) while Marquette ranks 217th (5.1).
The Red Storm have been outscored by an average of 6.4 points in their last five games. On the season, St. John’s has defeated opponents by an average of 2.7 points.
During their last five games, the Golden Eagles have scored an average of 75.4 points per game (2.1 below their season average) and allowed an average of 77.2 points per game (6.1 above their season average).