Marquette vs St. John's Prediction, Odds & Best Bet for March 9 Big East Tournament (Golden Eagles Soar in Blowout)

Marquette vs St. John's Prediction, Odds & Best Bet for March 9 Big East Tournament (Golden Eagles Soar in Blowout)


Marquette vs St. John's (NY) Game Info

  • 2022-23 NCAA Basketball Big East Tournament Game
  • No. 6 Marquette (25-6, 17-3 Big East) vs. St. John's (NY) (18-14, 7-13 Big East)
  • Date: Thursday, March 9, 2023
  • Time: 12:00 p.m. ET
  • Venue: Madison Square Garden -- New York City, New York
  • Coverage: Fox Sports 1

The 2023 Big East Conference Tournament quarterfinals are here, which means top-seeded Marquette will see its first action of the tournament as they take on a No. 8 St. John's team that just defeated No. 9 Butler on Wednesday.

Marquette vs St. John's (NY) Odds & Spread

This isn't going to surprise anyone — Marquette are massive favorites. At +320 on the moneyline an upset isn't out of the question for St. John's, but the 8.5-point spread suggests we're more likely to see a blowout. The 161.5-point over/under does point to a high-scoring blowout, at least.

Marquette vs St. John's (NY) Betting Trends

  • Marquette is 19-12-0 against the spread this season.
  • The Golden Eagles' ATS record as 6.5-point favorites or more is 9-8.
  • There have been 17 Marquette's games (out of 31) that hit the over this year.
  • St. John's (NY)'s record against the spread is 14-17-0.
  • The Red Storm are 3-5 as 6.5-point underdogs or more.
  • St. John's (NY) has seen 15 of its 31 games go over the point total.
Marquette Rank Marquette AVG St. John's (NY) AVG St. John's (NY) Rank
14th 81.0 Points Scored 77.6 47th
217th 71.3 Points Allowed 75.3 318th
333rd 28.3 Rebounds 37.1 6th
280th 7.3 Off. Rebounds 11.5 9th
43rd 8.8 3pt Made 5.8 323rd
4th 17.9 Assists 15.4 37th
46th 10.5 Turnovers 13.3 310th

Marquette vs St. John's (NY) Prediction & Pick

St. John's plays at the sixth-fastest pace in the country (76.1 possessions per game), and Marquette ranks an above-average 71st (72.3 per game) in pace as well. Marquette is much more efficient with those possessions though, ranking No. 10 in the nation with 81.0 points per game to St. Johns' 77.6 (33rd).

Those marks, though, clearly suggest that we're in for a shootout here, and that's what we saw the first two times these sides met this year. The first game saw 181 points scored (a 96-85 win for Marquette) and the second had 190 (96-94 Marquette).

I'm not too concerned with the fact that the Red Storm kept that last game so close either, as they shot an unsustainable 50% from 3-point range compared to a more average 35.5% for Marquette. Neither team has defended the arc well this season (opponents shoot 34.9% against St. John's and 35.9% against Marquette) and Marquette has been much better offensively on the long ball, ranking 105th at 35.4% compared to 224th at 33.1% for St. John's.

Prediction: Marquette 90 | St. John's 80

Marquette vs St. John's (NY) Best Bet

That difference in 3-pointers in their last game is really what's creating the betting value today. This matchup is not nearly as close as that last game made it seem, and considering it was also the last time Marquette played, I think it's too fresh in people's minds.

Variance is real, especially when the team that matches up as a worse 3-point side is the one that gets so much hotter. If both teams shot the more reasonable 35.5% that Marquette did from deep it would have been a 96-85 win instead.

The rest factor shouldn't be huge here, as yesterday's blowout allowed St. John's to rest their starters some, but this is still a seriously lopsided spot.

Best Bet: Alternate Spread: Marquette -11.5 (+134)

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