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Big East College Basketball Odds Marquette Golden Eagles vs St John's Red Storm Free Pick

Wednesday college basketball and we will see the Marquette Golden Eagles travel to Madison Square Garden to take on the St John's Red Storm. The game has a start time of 7:00 pm (Eastern) and will be televised on Fox Sports 1. Current Vegas betting odds have St John's listed as 15 point favorites, while the total is set at 146.  

Analysis:  The Marquette Golden Eagles come in slumping a bit as they have won just 2 of their last 5 games. The Golden Eagles have played well at home this year, but in true road games they are 0-4, while overall they have gone 10-7. The Golden Eagles are 8-0 ATS in their last 8 games vs. a team with a winning % above .600 and 10-3 ATS in their last 13 games overall, but just 8-19-1 ATS in their last 28 vs. Big East. Marquette has been an average offensive team this year, ranking 181st in scoring (67.6 ppg), 67th in shooting (46.0%), 170th in 3 point shooting (34.5%) and 192nd in FT shooting (68.5%). Defensively the Golden Eagles have decent, ranking 128th in points allowed (63.6 ppg), 187th in defensive FG% (42.7%) and 103rd in 3 point defense (31.8%). 

The St John's Red Storm have also struggled of late, as they have won just 1 of their last 5 games. St Johns is now 12-5 on the year, including 1-4 in the Big East and 7-2 at home. The Red Storm are 3-7 ATS in their last 10 home games and 1-6 ATS in their last 7 games following a S.U. loss, but 5-1-1 the last 7 in the series. St John's has been a decent offensive team this year, ranking 85th in scoring (71.7 ppg), 113th in shooting (44.8%), 229th in 3 point shooting (32.3%) and 122nd in FT shooting (70.3%). Defensively the Red Storm have been decent, as they come in ranked 127th in points allowed (63.5 ppg), 40th in defensive FG% (38.9%) and 84th in 3 point defense (31.5%).  

Pick: I will look at Marquette to keep this one close vs a St John's team that may be caught looking ahead to a big game vs Duke on Saturday. The Red Storm have lost 4 of their last 5 games, including their last 2 at home and I just don't feel they are playing well enough right now to cover this number.  



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