The No. 7 Creighton Bluejays, the top seed in the 2020 Big East Tournament, will look to win their eighth game in nine tries when they face the ninth-seeded St. John's Red Storm on Thursday in New York. The Bluejays (24-7), co-champions of the Big East with Villanova and Seton Hall, finished 13-5 in league play, while the Red Storm (17-15), who tied for eighth in the conference at 5-13, defeated Georgetown 75-62 in Wednesday's first-round matchup.
Tip-off from Madison Square Garden is set for noon ET. Creighton leads the all-time series 11-10. The Bluejays are 5.5-point favorites in the latest Creighton vs. St. John's odds, while the over-under for total points scored is set at 151.5. Before making any St. John's vs. Creighton picks, check out the 2020 Big East Tournament predictions from the SportsLine Projection Model.
This model, which simulates every game 10,000 times, has crushed its top-rated college basketball picks against the spread the past three years, returning $2,770 to $100 players. It also entered Week 19 of the 2019-20 season on a 75-53 run on all top-rated college basketball picks. Anybody who followed it has seen huge returns.
Now, the model has locked in on Creighton vs. St. John's in the Big East Tournament 2020. You can visit SportsLine now to see the picks. Here are the college basketball lines and trends for St. John's vs. Creighton:
- St. John's vs. Creighton spread: Creighton -5.5
- St. John's vs. Creighton over-under: 151.5 points
- St. John's vs. Creighton money line: Creighton -224; St. John's +184
- SJ: Is averaging 74.6 points per game
- CU: Is eighth in the nation in 3-point field goal percentage at 38.3
Why Creighton can cover
The Bluejays have been dominant against unranked opponents, going 18-5, and rank tied for sixth nationally with nine Quadrant 1 victories this season, including five on the road, tied for fifth-most in the country. Under 10th-year coach Greg McDermott, the Big East Coach of the Year, Creighton has compiled a 231-116 (.667) record. McDermott is 9-5 against St. John's.
Offensively, the Bluejays are led by junior guard Ty-Shon Alexander, who is averaging 16.9 points, 5.0 rebounds and 2.3 assists. He has scored in double figures in 15 straight games and has posted three double-doubles this season. He has scored 24 points in three games this year, and had 15 in a 77-60 win over Seton Hall in the regular-season finale on March 7.
Why St. John's can cover
Even so, the Bluejays aren't a lock to cover the St. John's vs. Creighton spread. That's because the Red Storm split a pair of games with the Bluejays this season, winning 91-71 on their home court. Six St. John's players are averaging double figures in scoring against Creighton, led by sophomore forward Marcellus Earlington (14.5) and junior guard-forward LJ Figueroa (14.0). The Red Storm forced a combined 15 turnovers and had six steals this year against the Bluejays.
For the season, Figueroa is averaging 14.3 points, 4.5 rebounds and 2.1 assists. He has been red hot of late, scoring 22 points in Wednesday's win over Georgetown and 15 in a March 7 victory over Marquette. He has scored in double figures in 22 games this season and has recorded two double-doubles, including one against the Bluejays on March 1.
How to make St. John's vs. Creighton picks
SportsLine's model is leaning over on the total as nine different players hit double-digit scoring. It also says one side of the spread hits well over 60 percent of the time. You can only see that pick at SportsLine.
So who wins St. John's vs. Creighton? And which side of the spread that cashes in well over 60 percent of simulations? Visit SportsLine now to see which side of the Creighton vs. St. John's spread to jump on, all from the advanced model that is up more than $2,700 on its college basketball picks the last three years, and find out.