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St. John's vs Providence - the game thread where the Johnnies try to get their first Big East win

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Providence is a long and tall task.

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Wednesday, January 14th, 2015
When: 7:00 PM Eastern
St. John's (11-4, 0-3) vs Providence Friars (13-4, 3-1)
Pomeroy Rank: St. John's: 34 |Providence: 48
Dunkin' Donuts Arena (Capacity: 12,410)
Where: Providence, RI
TV: Fox Sports 1 | Fox Sports Go
Radio: WNYM 970
Line: Providence, -2.5

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It's been a week since St. John's valiantly fought for much of a game only to lose in the second half as the defense - and team energy - falters. What will tonight bring? 1-3 in conference play is a lot more hopeful sounding than 0-4, and the Red Storm know it.

"We need to use less hands and let some things go," says Sir`Dominic Pointer. "The Big East is a little tougher [than non-conference play] but we need to play through it. Not too many teams win with six players, so we need to find some people to come off the bench to give us some minutes."

Of note: St. John's faces Providence for the 104th time, St.John's second-most frequently played opponent.

And Phil Greene IV is 10 points away from 1000 points in his career.Last minute pregame articles:

St. John's vs Providence: Q & A with Craig of Friar Basketball

St. John's vs Providence: Red Storm take to the road in search of first Big East victory