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Butler Bulldogs vs. St. John’s Red Storm
NCAAB: Tuesday, February 12, 2019 at 8:30 PM EST
After losing three in a row Butler has won two straight, but have a lot of work to do to get in the Big Dance conversation. They are only 5-6 in Big East play and 14-10 overall and they still have to face the ranked teams of Marquette and Villanova, who they lost to in their recent three-game skid. The Bulldogs have played two close games in a row and in each they did not allow their opponents to score over 69 points. Earlier this season at home Butler beat St. John’s 80-72.
St. John’s is also 5-6 in Big East play, but they have lost two of their last three and six of their last nine games. While they are at 17-7 overall the Red Storm played a pretty weak pre-conference schedule not facing one top 25 team. The team can score, which they need to do since they only rank 236th in the nation in points allowed.
The home team has covered the spread in the last five games between these Big East rivals.
Good D does the trick
In their last game Butler was on the road and they beat Georgetown 73-69 behind a strong defensive performance. While they gave up 15 offensive rebounds and only had seven they held the Hoyas to a FG% of only 37.7% from the floor while they shot 43.9% and had a much better 3-pt FG%.
Led by 18 points from Kamar Baldwin, the Bulldogs defeated Georgetown 73-69. The highlights –> pic.twitter.com/qAiEW8TSvP
— Butler Basketball (@ButlerMBB) February 9, 2019
Kamar Baldwin led the way with 18 points on 6/14 shooting, Jordan Tucker had 15 points, and Paul Jorgensen came off the bench to score 12 points.
Baldwin is the leading scorer on the season putting up 17.2 ppg and he also leads the team averaging five boards per game. His scoring has been decent lately, but he only has two rebounds in each of his last four games. Tucker is averaging 10 ppg on the season and had only totaled 20 points in three games missing 15 of his 17 3-pointers in that span before going for 15 points and going 3/6 from 3-pt land in the win over Georgetown. Butler has failed to cover the spread in four of their last five games facing a team with a winning record.
2nd half kills Red Storm
St. John’s was at home in their last game losing to Providence 70-56 where they were outscored by 12 points in the 2nd half. They played good D in the game holding the Friars to 39.6% shooting, but they only shot 37% from the floor and they missed 10 of their 12 3-pointers. Shamorie Ponds led St. John’s with 20 points on 7/17 shooting and LJ Figueroa scored 14 points on 5/10 shooting and they were the only players in double figures for the team.
Ponds (20.7 ppg) leads five players averaging in double figures on the season for the Red Storm. 2nd leading scorer Mustapha Heron ranks 2nd on the team averaging 15 ppg, but while he is probable for this game he missed the last one with an injury and in the last two games he has played he notched 10 points in each. This season St. John’s is 9-3 at home and Butler is only 2-5 on the road.
The St. John’s Red Storm are:
- 6-16 ATS in their last 22 Tuesday games
The Butler Bulldogs are:
The Bottom Line What to bet on this game.
Full-Game Side Bet
Butler does not have good betting trends, to say the least, and they have failed to cover the spread in four of their last five games. However, they beat St. John’s earlier this season and the Red Storm have been struggling as of late. This game will be a battle and will be very close and while the Bulldogs may not get the W on the road they will, at least, cover the spread.
Prediction: PICK: Butler
Full-Game Total Pick
In the last four games between both of these teams the total has gone Under every time. The first game between these teams went Over, but the Under is still the pick in this game. This one will be a defensive battle and because of that the Under is THE way to go in this Big East matchup.
Prediction: PICK: Under