Marquette Golden Eagles (23-8) vs. St. John’s Red Storm (21-11) TV: FS1
NCAAB: Thursday, March 14 2019 7:00 PM ET (Madison Square Garden)
Spread: Marquette -3.5 Over/under: 148
Draftkings Picks Marquette Golden Eagles vs. St. John’s Red Storm
The Marquette Golden Eagles will face the St. John’s Red Storm in the Quarterfinals of the Big East Championship tournament. The game will be played in Madison Square Garden. It is technically a neutral court, but it is essentially a home game for St. John’s as they are a New York school. St. John’s has been playing better than Marquette in its recent games and this could help them pull off the win. Marquette is second in the Big East, with a 12-6 in-conference record. St. John’s is 7th in the Big East, with a 8-10 in-conference record.
St. John’s is lead by talented junior guard, Shamorie Ponds (19.7 ppg 4.3 rpg 5.3 apg). Ponds can score from all three levels and is shooting 36.3% from 3. Ponds is also adept at getting to the line and if he has a big game, St. John’s will have a better chance to win. Junior guard, Mustapha Heron (15.1 ppg 4.8 rpg 1.3 apg) provides great athleticism on the wing and is shooting 42.9% from 3. Sophomore guard, LJ Figueroa (14.6 ppg 6.3 rpg 1.8 apg) provides toughness and a good presence on the boards. Senior forward, Marvin Clark II (11.1 ppg 5.4 rpg 1.4 apg) provides veteran leadership to a talented group. Junior guard, Justin Simon (10.3 ppg 4.9 rpg 3.2 apg) is their 5th scorer that averages double figures. With 5 players that are capable of scoring, Marquette will have their hands fun trying to slow down a well rounded attack.
Marquette is lead by the Big East player of the year, junior guard Markus Howard (25.0 ppg 3.9 rpg 4.0 apg). Howard can score from all over the court and is shooting 41.6% from 3. At 5’11 he plays bigger than his height and lead the Big East in scoring. Junior forward, Sam Hauser (14.8 ppg 7.1 rpg 2.4 apg) provides a solid secondary scoring option and is shooting 39.3% from 3. Sam’s brother, freshman forward Joey Hauser (9.8 ppg 5.3 rpg 2.5 apg) is a good outside option, shooting 44.3% from 3. Junior forward, Sacar Anim (8.4 ppg 3.2 rpg 1.2 apg) is their other main contributor.
This game will most likely come down to if St. John’s can slow down Markus Howard and how well Shamorie Ponds plays. The home court advantage for St. John’s could be enough for them to get the win. Marquette is a solid offensive team averaging 77.31 ppg, St. John’s is slightly better averaging 78.02 ppg. Marquette is a better defensive team in home games allowing 64.85 ppg, but in road games they allow 77.09 ppg. That 12 point swing could be key in how Marquette performs defensively in a hostile environment against St. John’s at MSG. St. John’s allows 70.83 ppg in home games and 79.07 ppg in road games. Playing in MSG should serve their defense well.
Cover The Spread 365 Stats
St. John’s Red Storm
St. John’s is 2-4 ATS in its last 6 games
St. John’s is 2-4 SU in its last 6 games
The total has gone OVER in 4 of St. John’s’s last 5 games
St. John’s is 8-2 ATS in its last 10 games when playing Marquette
St. John’s is 4-2 SU in its last 6 games when playing Marquette
Marquette Golden Eagles
Marquette is 1-4 ATS in its last 5 games
Marquette is 19-6 SU in its last 25 games
Marquette is 1-4 SU in its last 5 games
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Marquette’s last 5 games
Marquette is 2-8 ATS in its last 10 games when playing St. John’s
Marquette is 2-4 SU in its last 6 games when playing St. John’s
FanDuel Picks Marquette Golden Eagles vs. St. John’s Red Storm
St. John’s is coming off a 82-74 Wednesday win at MSG over DePaul in the first round of the Big East tournament. Shamorie Ponds, Mustapha Heron and Justin Simon each had 18 points in the win. St. John’s is 5-5 in their last 10 games. Marquette is coming off a Saturday home loss to Georgetown, 86-84. Markus Howard lead the team with 28 points, 2 rebounds and 3 assists in the close loss. Marquette is 5-5 in their last 10 games and is on a 4 game losing streak. Marquette has played St. John’s twice this season with St. John’s winning both games.
Pick: St. John’s +3.5