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Game thread: St. John’s at Villanova

No time like the present to knock off a #1 team

NCAA Basketball: Big East Conference Tournament-St. John's vs Villanova Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports

St. John’s gets back to Big East play with what amounts to a buckert of cold water — facing the buzzsaw that is the Villanova Wildcats in Philadelphia, on a night where the Wells Fargo Center is selling tickets for $5.20 (to honor the Super Bowl 52 win).

BUT! Villanova will be reportedly without big forward Eric Paschall this evening, who is recovering from a concussion.

On the other hand, Paschall only scored in double figures against the Johnnies in the Big East Tournament blowout last March. Other than that, he has not been a huge contributor to the last four Villanova wins. If you are wondering, Paschall did score 14 points against the Red Storm as a freshman, while playing for Fordham.

Tonight, St. John’s faces a thin but talented Wildcat squad. Can they win two in a row against top-4 teams?

Game Details

Who: St. John’s Red Storm (11-13 I 0-11 Big East) versus #1 Villanova Wildcats (22-1 I 9-1 Big East)

Where: Wells Fargo Center, Philadelphia, PA (capacity 20,456)

When: Wednesday, February 7th, 7:00 PM ET

TV: CBS Sports Network; online by clicking here.

Audio: 570 AM WNYM; TuneIn Radio

Last Meeting: St. John’s were competitive on January 7th at Madison Square Garden, but lost at home to ‘Nova, 78-71.

What do you hope to realistically see, in terms of individual performances, from St. John’s tonight?