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St. John’s vs Villanova: game thread

Open for comments, the Johnnies face off against Philadelphia’s finest college basketball squad.

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Wendell Cruz

St. John’s is warming up in the Garden, hoping to continue the relative magic they have had against the Villanova Wildcats over the last two years. St. John’s is 2-2 against the Wildcats, with the wins totaling a cumulative 10 points and the losses totaling 12.

For What It’s Worth.

Those games were under a different coaching regime, but the one constant is that St. John’s athleticism has been bothersome to the Wildcats.

Will Mike Anderson’s version of St. John’s also be a thorn in the side of the Wildcats, who have only lost to very good teams (yes, Marquette is very good)?

The game is a chance for the Johnnies to pick up a win that will get Anderson closer to continuing his streak of non-losing seasons — and a win that will leave the Red Storm with another signature win for postseason play.

Game Details

Who: St. John’s Red Storm (13-8, 2-6 Big East) vs. #8/#11 Villanova Wildcats (16-3, 6-1 Big East)

When: Tuesday, January 28th, 6:30 PM ET

Where: Madison Square Garden, New York, NY

TV: FS1 | FoxSportsGo

Audio: St. John’s website provides free audio for the game. The stream can be found by clicking here.

Tickets: Tickets are available for $40 and up, if you’re leaving work and want to catch the game live.

Last Season in MSG: St. John’s defeated the Wildcats by six in the Garden last season, getting to the line often and bringing the Wildcats into a low-scoring muck. The Johnnies were down by as much as 19 points after a poor first half.

Last Big East game for each:

St. John’s rode hot shooting from LJ Figueroa to take out the Blue Demons in Chicago.

Despite some foul trouble, Villanova held off Providence, 64-60, in the Friars’ Dunkin Donuts Center.

What’s your prediction? Who will be the leading scorers for the Red Storm? How will the sophomores, Greg Williams Jr. / Marcellus Earlington / and Josh Roberts fare?