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Game thread: Villanova at St. John's

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"We are in last place in the league, so there is a sense of urgency right now that we need to get a win. " - Sir`Dominic Pointer

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Saturday, January 11, 2014
When: 1:00 PM Eastern
#8/ #10 Villanova Wildcats (14-1, 3-0 Big East) at St. John's (9-5, 0-2 Big East)
Pomeroy Rank: St. John's: 67 | Villanova: 5
Madison Square Garden (Capacity: 19,979)
Where: New York, NY
TV: Fox Sports 1 | Fox Sports Go online
Announcers: Bill Raftery + Gus Johnson
Radio: Bloomberg 1130
Line: 5, Villanova

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Well, the Johnnies have a big game in front of them. Villanova is strong and in-sync. But the Red Storm have home on their side - their first Big East game in Madison Square Garden.

While many were disappointed (or in some cases, offended) by last week's loss, keep in mind that 1. it's still January 2. Georgetown has been this roster's kryptonite, tossing aside the Johnnies like so much fluffy snow every time and 3. Steve Lavin is obviously trying to get a message across.

How will JaKarr Sampson (the obvious target) and Rysheed Jordan, Chris Obekpa and the rest respond?

Will we see more Max Hooper?

How will the team stop JayVaughn Pinkston, the mobile Villanova forward from Brooklyn with a jump shot and brute strength? Is the Red Storm's brand of defense - in many ways, more stout and athletic than the defenses of Providence, Butler and Seton Hall - able to change the smooth ways of Jay Wright's Villanova team?

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