It will be a battle between Big East opponents when the Marquette Golden Eagles (13-5, 3-3 Big East) welcome the St. John’s Red Storm (12-7, 1-5 Big East) to Fiserv Forum. The game is scheduled to begin at 9 p.m. ET on Tuesday, January 21, 2020.
St. John’s Red Storm vs. Marquette Golden Eagles Free Prediction
In the Red Storm’s last matchup, they were defeated by the No. 18 Seton Hall Pirates, 82-79. Seton Hall was successful at getting and making free throws. The Pirates made 22 of their 27 free throws (81.5 percent), while the Red Storm were just 9-15 (60.0 percent). LJ Figueroa had a good game for St. John’s, recording 16 points, seven steals and five rebounds.
The Golden Eagles were victorious over the Georgetown Hoyas in their last outing, 84-80. The Golden Eagles had a fantastically low turnover percentage of 7.6 (better than their season average of 16.8) and had an offensive rebounding percentage of 35.1 (above their season average of 29.4). Markus Howard was the top scorer from either team with 42 points on 14-for-31 shooting from the field.
After the Red Storm won two out of three games against the Golden Eagles last season, these teams will meet for the first time this year. In the most recent contest, Marquette won 86-54. The Golden Eagles had a much better offensive rebounding percentage (33.3 vs. 18.6) and had a much better effective field goal percentage (0.605 vs. 0.352).
When looking at effective field goal percentage, Marquette should have a considerable advantage. The Golden Eagles defense ranks 32nd in effective field goal percentage allowed (0.447), while the St. John’s offense is ranked 327th in effective field goal percentage (0.455). Moreover, the Red Storm rank 26th in turnover percentage (16.4 percent), while the Golden Eagles rank 330th in opponents’ turnover percentage (16.6 percent).
St. John’s Red Storm vs. Marquette Golden Eagles Odds Pick
Prediction: ATS Winner – Marquette, O/U – Under
Marquette averages 40.3 rebounds per game, which ranks 25th in the NCAA. St. John’s ranks 274th in rebounds allowed per game (40.9).
The Red Storm rank third in steals per game (10.7) while the Golden Eagles rank 192nd (5.3).
Marquette ranks 71st in three pointers attempted per game (24.9) while St. John’s ranks 227th (19.5).
The Golden Eagles rank 46th in blocks per game (4.4) while the Red Storm rank 150th in blocks allowed per game (4.3).
Marquette averages 13.9 assists per game, which ranks 95th in the nation. St. John’s ranks 159th in assists allowed per game (13.3).
The Red Storm have been outscored by an average of 6.0 points in their last five games. On the season, St. John’s has defeated opponents by an average of 7.2 points.
During their last five games, the Golden Eagles have scored an average of 75.0 points per game (2.6 below their season average) and allowed an average of 71.0 points per game (2.4 above their season average).