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Game thread: St. John’s vs DePaul, minus Shamorie Ponds

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Shamorie Ponds is out tonight with a back injury as St. John’s tries to get back in the win column against the Blue Demons.

NCAA Basketball: DePaul at Villanova
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St. John’s has been a high-scoring squad this season with some defensive skill. But all season, playing against size inside has been an issue.

Can the Johnnies take out DePaul, which brings a trio of big men who will be heard from tonight?

Can they do it without Shamorie Ponds, who is out tonight with a back injury?

After the Villanova loss, this could be one of those games where the players let down a little. Or are too cerebral. Or are beaten to the punch by a game DePaul team.

Let’s get talking.

Who do you think will be the leading scorer tonight? Who will slot in as point guard?

And as a PSA, let’s be on good behavior, even if another poster is getting your goat.

Game Information

Who: St. John’s Red Storm (14-2, 2-2 Big East) vs DePaul Blue Demons (9-5, 1-2 Big East)

Where: Carnesecca Arena (5,601)

When: Saturday, January 12, 6:00 PM

TV: CBS Sports Network | CBS Sports Online

Audio: 570 WMCA AM | TuneIn Radio

Odds: St. John’s, -10

Last meeting: St. John’s won by one point in Chicago, 77-76, avenging the 17-point loss last season at Carnesecca. The last time St. John’s was ranked when facing DePaul was in the 2011 season, when #23 ranked St. John’s defeated DePaul, 76-51.