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St. John's at Vanderbilt, 2015 Maui Invitational: Game time, TV schedule, radio and more plus 3 things to watch

The Johnnies begin their trip to Maui with a matchup against vaunted Vanderbilt.

Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports

How to watch, listen or stream

Game Time: 2:30 p.m. ET


Radio: 970 AM The Answer (St. John's) || Vanderbilt Radio Network || Vanderbilt Affiliates

Live Stream: Streaming is available via the WatchESPN app.

Gamblin' Info

Odds: Vanderbilt is a 13 point favorite over St. John's on OddsShark.

You can find other spreads in Vandy's favor of 14, 14.5, and 15 points.

Records ATS: The Red Storm have been successful, going 2-1 ATS this season. Vanderbilt, meanwhile, is 1-0.

O/U: The o/u is 139.5 on OddsShark.

Moneylines: Moneylines will be posted when they're made available.

3-Point Preview

1. The First Big Test: St. John's is off to a 3-0 start to the season, leaving Wagner, UMBC and the Rutgers Scarlet Knights in their wake in the early goings of the season. That record and the mettle of the Red Storm will be tested against a powerful high-major club for the first time. The Vanderbilt Commodores are expected to be a very good team in the SEC this season, and they too are 3-0 to start the year. Their resume isn't much better, with wins over Austin Peay, Gardner Webb and a good victory against Stony Brook, a quality team in the America East Conference. Damian Jones and sophomore Wade Baldwin have both been terrific to start the year for the 'Dores, who are vaunted and threatening as they head into Maui. It will be interesting to see how St. John's copes with their first test.

2. Forza Federico: A very bright spot for St. John's at the start of this season has been the play of Italian point guard Federico Mussini. Mussini, 6-foot-1, 155 pounds, has performed very well for a freshman to start the year, netting double figures in each of the three games he's played in, including back-to-back 18 point performances to start his college career. Additionally, he's averaging 4.0 rebounds and 2.7 assists on the year, with relatively low turnover play - just 11 in the first three games. Mussini will face tough competition in the form of Nolan Cressler, Riley LaChance and Matthew Fisher-Davis depending on who he runs into. He'll have to be weary of being around LaChance and Fisher-Davis, each of whom are averaging 1.3 and 1.0 steals per game respectively.

3. Thwarting Damian Jones: The star player for the Commodores is 7-footer Damian Jones. Jones, a 245-pound junior from Baton Rouge, Louisiana, was voted as a First Team All-SEC selection in the 2014-15 campaign, and a member of the same team in the preseason this year. Opponents for the Commodores have had lots of trouble snuffing his efforts out this year as he's netted double figures in each of the 'Dores' three games, including a 13 point effort in an overtime win over Stony Brook. He's been a monster on the boards as well, grabbing a DR% of 20.1 percent in the early goings as well as an OR% of 8.1 percent, to boot. St. John's doesn't have much in the way of a stopper for Jones with only one player on the roster taller than 6-foot-9. That's Yankuba Sima, a freshman center who stands at 6-foot-11. Jones' may find himself feasting against the youngster if he isn't careful to defend him properly. If he can't, it might be a long afternoon in paradise for the Johnnies.