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Game thread: St. John’s vs Duke

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Will this feel like a road game? A home game? Will St. John’s knock off Duke?

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It’s time for another edition of Duke/ St. John’s, where two storied programs meet, and we are reminded that Duke is a 30-year machine under Coach K, and St. John’s is trying to find the path to sustained success.

One step on the path, of course, is beating Duke — for a win would paper over the struggles of the year with the eyes of the rest of the Big East (and much of the basketball nation) on Madison Square Garden. Also, it would be so cool.

Duke has a bunch of first-round NBA draft picks in their lineup, senior Grayson Allen, a lot of shooting, and a lot of size.

St. John’s has Shamorie Ponds, Justin Simon and a tough starting lineup. Can they elevate their games? Can the bench contribute? Kassoum Yakwe returns from an ankle injury to give some minutes this afternoon.

Game Details

Who: St. John’s Red Storm (10-13 I 0-11 Big East) vs. #4 Duke Blue Devils (19-3 I 7-3 ACC)

Where: Madison Square Garden, New York, NY

When: Saturday, February 3rd, 12:00 PM ET

TV: Fox

Audio: 570 AM WMCA; TuneIn Radio

Last Meeting: Duke outlasted St. John’s at MSG in 2015, in what was coach Mike Krzyzewski’s 1,000th career win.

What do you think we will see by halftime in this game?