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St. John’s at Villanova game thread

Time for an important early-season Big East tilt.

St. John’s v Villanova
Last year’s team won at Wells Fargo Arena. Can this year’s team win on Villanova’s campus?
Photo by Mitchell Leff/Getty Images

Maybe St. John’s will win behind another strong four-guard performance and enough interior defense to get by.

Maybe Villanova will play a cohesive defense, slow the game down, and hold the Red Storm under 70 points.

Whatever happens tonight, this game will be a hard-fought, well-contested game between talented teams. The game, in Villanova’s smaller on-campus arena, is a chance for St. John’s to really ring in their newly-ranked status with a big win.

But Villanova is still good. Still executes. Still the standard bearer in the league.

Game Information

Who: #24 St. John’s Red Storm (14-1, 1-1 Big East) at Villanova Wildcats (11-4, 2-0 Big East)

Where: Finneran Arena, Villanova, PA (6,500)

When: Tuesday, January 7, 7:00 PM

TV: FS1 | FoxSportsGo

Audio: 970 WNYM AM | TuneIn Radio

Odds: Villanova, -6.5

Last meeting: St. John’s took out a Villanova team missing two regulars by the score of 79-75 — one of four losses in a 36-win season for the eventual NCAA National Champions.