The Big East Conference Tourney battle between the No. 7 Creighton Bluejays (24-7, 13-5 Big East) and the St. John’s Red Storm (17-15, 6-13 Big East) will be played at Madison Square Garden. Action begins at 12 p.m. ET on Thursday, March 12, 2020.
St. John’s Red Storm vs. Creighton Bluejays Odds Preview
The last time the Red Storm played, they were victorious over the Georgetown Hoyas, 75-62. With 19 points and 10 rebounds, St. John’s’ Marcellus Earlington had a solid game. St. John’s dominated nearly every facet of the game. They had a free throw rate of 0.217 (above their season average of 0.210) and a turnover percentage of 11.4 (better than their season average of 13.1). Georgetown put up marks of 0.091 and 26.4, respectively, for those same stats.
The Bluejays will look to keep it rolling after topping the No. 8 Seton Hall Pirates in their last matchup, 77-60. Creighton was lifted by Marcus Zegarowski, who was the top scorer from either team with 23 points on 8-for-10 shooting. Creighton dominated nearly every stat category in the game. They had a free throw rate of 0.094 (matching their season average) and a turnover percentage of 8.1 (better than their season average of 14.1). Seton Hall was 0.036 and 19.2, respectively, for those same stats.
Ball security could play a key role in this meeting. Creighton commits the 16th-fewest miscues in the NCAA (turnover percentage of 15.6 percent), while the disruptive defense of St. John’s forces the 28th-most (opponents’ turnover percentage of 22.9 percent).
St. John’s Red Storm vs. Creighton Bluejays Prediction
Pick: SU Winner – Creighton, ATS Winner – Creighton, O/U – Over
St. John’s ranks 39th in rebounds per game (38.7) while Creighton ranks 238th in rebounds allowed per game (37.0).
The Bluejays’ average margin of victory in their last five games has been 8.4, down from 8.6 for the season.
During their last five games, the Red Storm have scored an average of 73.8 points per game (0.8 below their season average) and allowed an average of 73.4 points per game (1.8 above their season average).