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NCAA Basketball: Xavier at Villanova Eric Hartline-USA TODAY Sports

Looks like the game start time has been pushed to around 4:40. NFL Playoffs or something...

Mustapha Heron is back in the starting lineup, and against the defense of Xavier, St. John’s will need him.

See the game preview for more.

Game Details

Who: St. John’s Red Storm (11-3, 0-1) vs. Xavier Musketeers (11-3, 0-1)

When: Sunday, January 5th, 4:30 PM ET

Where: Cintas Center, Cincinnati, OH

TV: FOX | 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 as low as $7 each in the Cintas Center. It’s a nice arena, I’d go again.

Last Season: Xavier outscored St. John’s by 22 over two games late in the season [84-73 at home, 81-68 on the road], abusing the Red Storm inside and casting doubt about the NCAA-worthiness of Chris Mullin’s Johnnies as St. John’s dipped under .500 in league play. LJ Figueroa scored 43 in those two games, though, and a fellow named Josh Roberts hit a then-career-high eight in the first contest.

Last Big East game: St. John’s fell behind by more than 20 points before roaring back, taking the lead, but going cold at the end of the contest against Butler, a loss.

Xavier weathered a 17-0 run from Villanova and came within four points at the end of the game, but fell to the Wildcats.