Golden Eagles vs. Red Storm Prediction
The St. John's Red Storm will attempt to even their Big East Conference record at 1-1 tonight against a 16th-ranked Marquette Golden Eagles squad playing their conference opener. Will St. John's protect its home court and notch a win as the slight favorites?
Tuesday, January 1, 2019
Carnesecca Arena at 7PM ET
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Public Betting Information
According to oddsmakers at BetNow.eu, the Red Storm are a 1.5-point favorite on the spread line. The total sits at 156.5 points. As of Tuesday afternoon, 51 percent of public bets are siding with host St. John's. Check out our College Basketball Public Betting Page for the latest information.
Golden Eagles dominate Jaguars
Marquette rolled to an 84-41 victory Friday night at home over Southern to improve to 11-2 on the season. The Golden Eagles led 48-17 at halftime to put away the Jaguars quickly. Markus Howard paced Marquette with 26 points on 9-of-10 shooting including a perfect 6-of-6 on 3-point attempts plus 2-of-2 at the free throw line. Sam Hauser contributed 10 points and nine rebounds. The Golden Eagles shot 27-of-60 from the floor, 9-of-21 from 3-point range and 21-of-30 from the free throw line.
Red Storm fall on buzzer beater
St. John's lost its Big East opener Saturday night by a count of 76-74 at Seton Hall as the hosts hit the game-winner as time expired. It was the first loss of the season for the Red Storm following 12 victories. St. John's was outscored 40-29 in the second half after leading by nine at halftime. Mustapha Heron paced the Red Storm with 19 points on 5-of-11 shooting including 4-of-8 on 3-point attempts and 5-of-7 at the charity stripe. Marvin Clark II tallied 16 points and five boards. Justin Simon added 16 points, four dimes, three rebounds and two steals. St. John's shot 25-of-58 from the floor, 9-of-25 from 3-point distance and 15-of-18 from the free throw line.
College Basketball Betting Trends
The Golden Eagles are 4-0 ATS in their last four games following a straight up win. Marquette is 1-4 ATS in its last five road games.
The Red Storm are 4-1 ATS in their last five games overall. St. John's is 7-20 ATS in its last 27 games overall.
Seton Hall was the best team St. John's had played to date and it resulted in a defeat. Previously, the best two wins for the Red Storm came against VCU in overtime by a count of 87-86 in a semi-home situation and a 76-73 victory versus Georgia Tech in a neutral setting. I can't endorse St. John's today against a more battle-tested Marquette team that has one of college basketball's elite scorers in Howard. Look for Howard to take over again and lead the Golden Eagles to a victory.
NCAA DAILY PREDICTION: MARQUETTE GOLDEN EAGLES +1.5