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St. John’s vs Creighton Betting Odds and Picks: Measure this inflated total

St. John’s vs Creighton Odds

It has been an ebb and flow season for the Creighton Bluejays. But after two losses to Xavier and UConn, they have bounced back with wins.

Tonight they will face a St. John’s team that has a rebellion on its mind. However, pulling it off will be easier said than done.

The Red Storm will bring an exciting brand of basketball, but their pace has also proven to be a double-edged sword. St. John’s recently picked up a big win over UConn, though there are plenty of double-digit losses to go along with it.

Will the Bluejays be able to weather the Red Storm? Let’s find out as we dive deep into the search for the best deal.


St. John’s is all about speeding up. That’s third in the nation in adjusted pace, and the pace has proven to be a tough task for those trying to keep up.

While the uptempo offense fits its guard-centric roster well, the biggest asset has been big man Joel Soriano. Soriano is in the midst of a monster season, averaging 16.4 points and 12.3 rebounds per game.

However, Soriano will have his hands full with Ryan Kalkbrenner so this game could fall into the hands of David Jones and Andre Curbelo. Jones and Curbelo both transferred and have shown flashes of greatness, but both have been relatively quiet in conference play.

If the Johnnies are going to hang around in this game, getting the ball inside and challenging Kalkbrenner is crucial. If they can get the big man in foul trouble, driving lanes will open up and Soriano can make a much bigger impact.

This Creighton team received a ton of preseason hype with a formidable starting five loaded with talent, size and experience. However, it has not yet put it all together.

The Jays are a team that can do a little bit of everything with the ball. The backcourt of Ryan Nembhard and Trey Alexander can penetrate and facilitate. However, the frontcourt of Kalkbrenner, Baylor Scheierman and Arthur Kaluma is versatile. The trio has the ability to take care of the glass, but also stretch the floor.

Their size and versatility will be a problem for the Red Storm. Expect the Bluejays to slow this game down and create a lot of high percentage looks in the paint with their big men.


St. John’s vs Creighton betting picks

While we’ve seen the Bluejays aren’t afraid to come to a track meet, it would be in their best interest to slow the game down. And if they slow down, their offensive success will hold St. John’s from running his run-and-gun offense.

Creighton will pull away in this game, and it will be primarily because of its work on the defensive end. The Jays rank 22nd in defensive efficiency and are one of the best teams in the country to defend without committing errors, so the clock will continue to tick when the Red Storm struggle.

Go under on a total inflated from the Johnnies’ pace.

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