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Butler Bulldogs take on Red Storm in NCAA basketball test

Butler BulldogsSt. John's Red Storm
12-13February 18, 2014, 09:00 | Madison Square Garden17-9

The visiting Butler Bulldogs hope to send their backers to the pay window on Tuesday as they look to cover the spread at Madison Square Garden against the St. John's Red Storm.

Supporters of the Bulldogs have watched them go 12-13 and 11-11-1 ATS on the year, while the Red Storm are at 17-9 and 10-14 ATS. In totals betting, the Red Storm are 12-11-1, while the Bulldogs have a 10-13 mark.

View Butler Bulldogs vs St. John's Red Storm Odds and Stats.

On the opening NCAA basketball line for this matchup, St. John's sat as -8.5-point favorites over at 5Dimes. Also, check out the current total, which often goes up first at online sportsbook BetOnline.

The Red Storm sit at No. 53 in the current college hoops power poll here at Odds Shark, while the Bulldogs sit at No. 265 on the same chart.

In their last action, Butler was a 68-63 loser at home against Creighton. They covered the 8-point spread as underdogs. The Bulldogs got 16 points from Kellen Dunham, but it was Creighton that prevailed in a 68-63 final on Thursday at Hinkle Fieldhouse.

Last time out for St. John's, they were an 82-60 winner as they battled Georgetown at home. They covered in the match as a 4-point favorite. St. John's cruised to victory on Sunday, running Georgetown out of the gym and running up an 82-60 score at Madison Square Garden.

How They Match Up:
Offensively, the game matches up St. John's's No. 101 nationally ranked offense (73.23 points per game) against a Bulldogs defense that sits as the No. 77 at 67.28 PPG. The Red Storm have been averaging 45.23% from the field, more than the Bulldogs have managed so far this season (43.25% on average).

A few Bulldogs at Red Storm trends to consider:
Butler is 3-8-1 ATS in its last 12 games
Butler is 1-6 SU in its last 7 games
The total has gone UNDER in 6 of Butler's last 8 games
Butler is 1-4-1 ATS in its last 6 games on the road
St. John's is 6-1 ATS in its last 7 games
St. John's is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games
St. John's is 4-1 ATS in its last 5 games at home
St. John's is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games at home

Next up:
Butler home to Providence, Sunday, February 23rd
St. John's at Villanova, Saturday, February 22nd