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.
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.