The St John’s Red Storm is off to an 18-14 start to the 2022-23 NCAA Basketball season, is eighth in the Big East Conference, and is coming off a win against the Butler Bulldogs (76-63) in their last outing. Four players out of the starting five scored in double digits, led by Joel Soriano, who ended up with 19 points.
They will now take on the Marquette Golden Eagles, who are on a brilliant 25-6 start to the season, are first in the same conference, on a six-game winning streak, and defeating the Red Storm (96-94) in their previous outing. It was a close contest where Kameron Jones made the biggest impact by scoring 23 points, leading the team to a two-point win.
The game will be hosted at Madison Square Garden on Thursday (March 9), a neutral venue where the Golden Eagles will look to secure their seventh consecutive win. On the other hand, the Red Storm will look for their second straight win.
St John’s Red Storm vs Marquette Golden Eagles: Betting Odds
|St John’s Red Storm||+235||+7 (-110)||O 161.5 (-110)|
|Marquette Golden Eagles||-290||-7 (-110)||U 161.5 (-110)|
Red Storm vs Golden Eagles: Key Stats
The Red Storm have had a mixed start to the season overall, but their conference record is struggling at 7-13 and the away record is also poor at 3-8. The team is above the average mark in offense, scoring 77.6 points per game, which ranks 46th in the country, along with 36.7 offensive rebounds, while conceding 75.7 points per game, which ranks 324th in the country.
Joel Soriano is leading the team in ppg at 15.3, with the best field goal percentage at 57.1 Andre Curbelo is providing 4.3 assists per game. Soriano also leads the team in defensive rebounds per game at 11.9 and blocks per game at 1.9.
The Marquette Golden Eagles are one of the best-performing teams in the entire nation. Their conference record stands at a solid 17-3 and their home record is near-perfect at 16-1. The team is excellent on the offensive front, averaging 81.0 points per game, which ranks 17th in the nation, along with 28.3 offensive rebounds, while conceding 71.3 points per game, which ranks 223rd in the nation.
Kam Jones is the leading man when it comes to offense, averaging 15.3 ppg. Tyler Kolek records an impressive 7.9 assists per game and Oso Ighodaro has the best field goal percentage at 65.6.
Red Storm vs Golden Eagles: Match Details
Fixture: St John’s Red Storm @ Marquette Golden Eagles
Date & Time: Thursday, March 9, 2023, 12:00 p.m ET
Venue: Madison Square Garden, New York City
St John’s Red Storm vs Marquette Golden Eagles: Prediction
The two teams have already faced each other twice this season and the Golden Eagles managed to win both contests. They now have a chance to make it 3-0 on a neutral venue. Interestingly, the Red Storm is 4-0 at neutral venues and 6-0 against the spread in their last six games at neutral sites. However, the Golden Eagles are 1-1 in a neutral venue.
It will be an interesting contest as the previous encounters have been close. Expect the Red Storm to cover the spread even if they don’t win the game.