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Open game thread - St. John's vs Marquette (regular season finale)

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The Johnnies welcome Marquette to town, hoping to break a season-worst three-game losing streak.

Buzz Williams leads his Eagles into the Garden.
Buzz Williams leads his Eagles into the Garden.
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Saturday, March 9th, 2013
When: 2:00 PM Eastern
St. John's (16-13, 8-9 BE) vs #15/ #17 Marquette Golden Eagles (22-7, 13-4 BE)
Pomeroy Ranks: St. John's: 101 | Marquette: 25
Madison Square Garden (Capacity: 19.979)
Where: New York, NY
TV: ESPN | ESPN3
Radio: Bloomberg 1130
Line: -8, Marquette

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The regular season finale is here. And the Johnnies hope to get at least two more games in; a win over Marquette could put them back in bubble talk, especially considering that they will be without do-everything Sir`Dominic Pointer, the team's Cost Co - in coach Steve Lavin's words.

D`Angelo Harrison was a loss, true, but Pointer is the heart of the defense - the one thing St. John's has been doing well for much of the season. (Or at least for halves.)

More on how Pointer has played in recent weeks.

St. John's will be honoring first responders today, with members of NYC's Police, Fire, Emergency Management, and Sanitation workers in the audience.

Marquette, with a win, earns a share of the Big East regular season title. Depending on the outcome of Georgetown's and Louisville's games, they could win it outright.

Can the scorer Jakarr Sampson (17 points, six rebounds in last four games) and Phil Greene IV find help on both ends of the floor and knock off the Golden Eagles? Make note: Marquette can struggle for 20, 30 minutes and pull through; they beat Rutgers despite being down as much as 12 in the second half in Piscataway.

Game previews/ recent posts of importance

Game preview: Johnnies try to get right in the regular season finale

Lavin stresses the "macro" perspective despite Johnnies' recent distractions

Marquette at St. John's pregame: Q&A with Cracked Sidewalks + Anonymous Eagle

D`Angelo Harrison wants to stay at St. John's

Sir`Dominic Pointer won't face further suspension from Big East

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