St. John's (NY) vs Butler Prediction, Odds & Best Bet for March 8 Big East Tournament (Red Storm Hammers Bulldogs)

Devon Platana
St. John's (NY) vs Butler prediction, odds and betting insights for NCAA college basketball Big East Tournament game.
St. John's (NY) vs Butler prediction, odds and betting insights for NCAA college basketball Big East Tournament game. / AP Photo/John Minchillo

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

  • 2022-23 NCAA Basketball Big East Tournament Game
  • St. John's (NY) (17-14, 7-13 Big East) vs. Butler (14-17, 6-14 Big East)
  • Date: Wednesday, March 8, 2023
  • Time: 3:00 PM ET
  • Venue: Madison Square Garden -- New York City, New York
  • Coverage: Fox Sports 1

Wednesday, March 8's NCAA college basketball schedule features a first-round Big East Tournament matchup between the St. John's (NY) Red Storm and the Butler Bulldogs.

Both teams head into this matchup in a rut. St. John's lost back-to-back outings to close out the regular season, falling 96-94 to No. 6 Marquette in its last game. Meanwhile, Butler dropped to 1-4 in its last five games with a 78-66 loss against ranked Xavier on Saturday.

So, which Big East squad has what it takes to advance to the next round?

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

St. John's enters this contest as the clear favorite on the moneyline and spread per FanDuel Sportsbook's odds. This 3 p.m. ET clash also features an over/under of 144.5 points with both sides sitting at -110 odds.

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

  • St. John's (NY) is 13-17-0 against the spread this year.
  • As 5.5-point favorites or more, the Red Storm are 4-5 against the spread.
  • Out of 30 St. John's (NY)'s games so far this season, 15 have hit the over.
  • Butler has covered the spread 14 times in 31 games.
  • The Bulldogs are 3-9 as 5.5-point underdogs or more.
  • Butler has played 31 games this season, and 10 of them have gone over the total.
St. John's (NY) Rank St. John's (NY) AVG Butler AVG Butler Rank
47th 77.6 Points Scored 65.3 329th
324th 75.7 Points Allowed 67.7 108th
8th 36.7 Rebounds 27.5 357th
13th 11.3 Off. Rebounds 5.5 355th
326th 5.8 3pt Made 6.5 277th
34th 15.5 Assists 12.5 228th
309th 13.3 Turnovers 11.2 109th

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

Although both sides have seen better days, I do like St. John's more today. This season, the Red Storm are a solid 11-6 at Madison Square Garden, where their offense averages 78.1 PPG. For comparison, Butler has been held to a 58.6 PPG clip over the last five games while being held to fewer than 60 points in five of its last six away contests.

St. John's also has the opposition beat from a rebounding perspective, averaging 39.4 rebounds (No. 8) compared to Butler's 30.0 RPG (12th-worst in the country). Considering how the Bulldogs have shot 41.7% from the floor and 23.1% from the three-point line over the last three games, I fully expect the Red Storm to take advantage of their rival's miscues.

After crushing Butler by 16 points in the Big East foes' last meeting at MSG in January, look for St. John's to recreate that result this evening.

Final Score Prediction: St. John's: 75 | Butler: 65

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

St. John's has already proven that it can squad Butler at home, so I'm going with the former covering as -5.5 favorites today. On top of being 4-2 ATS in their last six conference matchups, the Red Storm are also 8-2 ATS in their last 10 games played in March. They've also covered in four of their last six games against the Bulldogs.

With St. John's being the clear-cut better team and boasting the home-court advantage, Mike Anderson's team has no excuse not to cover the spread.

Bet: St. John's (NY) -5.5 (-110)

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