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College basketball point spread favors Golden Eagles in battle with Red Storm

St. John's Red StormMarquette Golden Eagles
19-11March 08, 2014, 12:00 | Bradley Center17-13

The Marquette Golden Eagles will try to pay off for their supporters on Saturday when they play host to the St. John's Red Storm at Bradley Center in NCAA basketball action.

Supporters of the Red Storm have watched them go 19-11 and 12-16 ATS on the year, while the Golden Eagles are at 17-13 and 11-16-1 ATS. In totals betting, the Golden Eagles are 15-11-1, while the Red Storm have a 11-15-2 mark.

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Sportsbooks such as BetOnline had set the Golden Eagles as -3-point favorites on the opening line for this contest. It may have moved, check for updates.

According to new college basketball power rankings here, it's the No. 208-ranked Golden Eagles and the No. 67-rated Red Storm in this matchup.

Last time out for St. John's, they were a 72-64 winner as they battled DePaul at home. They failed to cover in the match as a 15-point favorite. DePaul was victimized for 25 points and 10 rebounds by D'Angelo Harrison as the Red Storm bested the Blue Demons 72-64 in college basketball action on Sunday.

Marquette lost its last outing, an 81-80 result against Providence on March 4. They covered in that game as a 3-point underdog. Todd Mayo poured in 26 points and added 11 rebounds in a losing cause for Marquette on Tuesday, as the Friars rolled to an 81-80 victory over Marquette at Dunkin Donuts Center.

How They Match Up:
Rating these schools in several key categories is important for handicappers and Marquette has the nation's No. 128-rated offensive output, at 71.83 PPG. The visiting Red Storm defense ranks No. 57 allowing on average 65.87 PPG. The Golden Eagles FG% has averaged 44.1% so far, less than the Red Storm marksmen have achieved on the year, 44.73% per game.