NCAAB Betting Preview: #12 Butler Bulldogs vs. St. John’s Red Storm

#12 Butler Bulldogs (12-1) vs. St. John's Red Storm (11-2)
Tuesday, December 31st - 7:30PM ET - Carnesecca Arena, Queens, NY
Betting Line: TBD

The Butler Bulldogs and St. John's Red Storm will close out 2019 for NCAA basketball. They're the last college hoops game on the board and your last chance to cash in on college hoops in 2019.

Butler is almost a 68% favorite to win on Tuesday night when they visit the Red Storm in Queens, NY. This is no surprise to anyone who's been following the team.

The Bulldogs are coming off a soul-crushing win over Louisiana-Monroe in which they won 67-36. The 7' 1" senior Derrik Smit came up big in the game. He delivered a season-high 16 points, including six points from the line. He did so in just 13 minutes off the bench.

Butler held the Warhawks to just 23% shooting from the field and under 19% from three-point range.

Kamar Baldwn leads the team with 14.9 points per game. He's shooting over 41% from the field and 95% from the charity stripe. Bryce Nze leads Butler with 6.8 rebounds per game. Aaron Thompson is the assist-leader with 5.8 per game.

For St. John's, LJ Figueroa leads the team with 15.5 points per game on 39% shooting from the field and 70% from the line. Josh Roberts averages 8.5 boards per game. Rasheem Dunn is the assist-leader with just 3.3 per game.

Butler's lone loss this season was on December 10th to 11th ranked Baylor. They lost 53-52.

St. John's lost 70-68 to Vermont in their fourth game then again to Arizona State 80-67 two games later. They've won their last seven straight games. Their biggest game of the season was a 70-67 victory over #16 Arizona less than two weeks ago. Figueroa dropped 21 points in the win while Dunn chipped in with 14 points off the bench.

St. John's is yet to go on the road this season. The Butler game will be the last before they hit the road. They're posting a +13 point differential, averaging 79.8 points per game while allowing 66.8. They do work on the glass. They hold almost a +10 rebound advantage over Butler.

Butler is averaging 69.2 points per game while allowing just 53.6. They're 1-1 on the road thus far.

A second consecutive win over a ranked opponent, particularly the Big East leader, should help St. John's break into the rankings. They're not getting much love from the power index, but St. John's has the talent and momentum to pull it off.