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St. John's vs Creighton: the game thread where Obekpa doesn't start

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Saturday, February 7th, 2015
When: 12:00 PM Eastern
St. John's (14-8, 3-6 Big East) vs Creighton Blue Jays (11-13, 2-9 Big East)
Pomeroy Rank: St. John's: 42 | Creighton: 114
Madison Square Garden (Capacity: 19,786)
Where: New York, NY
TV: MSG| Fox Sports Go
Radio: WMCA 570
Line: St. John's, -8.5

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In case you were wondering, Chris Obekpa has issued a formal apology to the Butler player he elbowed in the head in the first half of the game at Hinkle Fieldhouse.

"I spoke with Tyler [Wideman] last night and sincerely apologized for the poor sportsmanship that I demonstrated in our game earlier this week," said Obekpa. "In the heat of competition I lost my composure and my actions are regrettable. I let my team down, and will learn from this incident to better represent St John's moving forward."

"We are disappointed with Chris’ poor judgment and thankful it did not cause a serious injury to Tyler," said Lavin. "Our student athletes are held to the highest standards of sportsmanship and personal conduct. Chris realizes he let our team down and will learn from this unfortunate incident. Chris can work toward earning his starting spot back down the line, but for now he has lost the privilege."

Who will start in his stead? We don't know, but expect Obekpa to get heavy minutes against Creighton, the three-point shooting squad that beat the Red Storm in Omaha for their first Big East win.

And read more about the game in the St. John's vs Creighton game preview, where all the games are must-wins...