In their first game back from Maui, St. John's takes the 2 train to battle their rivals from the Bronx, the Fordham Rams.
The Johnnies enter with a 4-2 record following a win over Chaminade in their final Maui invitational game.
The Rams have cruised to a 4-1 record with a loss in their only away game at UT-Arlington. They defeated rival Manhattan back on November 28.
How to listen or stream
Game time: 7:00 p.m. ET
TV: This game is not available on television
Stream: Atlantic 10 Feed
Odds: Fordham opened as a 6-point favorite but it has since moved to 6.5 points on OddsShark.
Records ATS: St. John's: (2-3) || Fordham: (1-1)
The Red Storm and Rams will meet for the 87th time on Wednesday night. St. John's leads the all-time series between the two New York City schools 65-21.
St. John's has won the last four meetings between the two programs, and will aim for a fifth win in a row on Wednesday.
3 things to watch for
1. The debut of Kassoum Yakwe
The 3-star center (according to 247sports.com) has finally been cleared by the NCAA and will make his St. John's debut on Wednesday. The 6-foot-8 forward will give St. John's some much needed depth in the low block. The athletic power forward is a potent rebounder and a solid shot defender. He may be unpolished on the offensive end, but his athleticism will benefit the Red Storm for the rest of the season. His debut is long awaited for most St. John's fans.
2. Fordham's Offensive Potency
Fordham has scored over 70 points in each of their first five games, averaging a total of 80.8 per game. Their 19.2 assist per game mark is the 13th highest in the nation along with a field goal percentage ranked 21st in the country. Mandel Thomas is scoring 17.6 points per game on 48.4 percent shooting, and Ryan Rhoomes, a 6-foot-8 senior center from Jamaica, Queens, is averaging 14.8 points on 73.3 percent. Their toughest test may come against Chris Mullin's Red Storm defense, which has been pretty stout thus far.
3. St. John's disappointment from the 3-point line
So far this season, St. John's is shooting a measly 38 percent from long range. Their 43 3-pointers don't fare much better, ranking 142nd in the nation. They rely heavily on Ron Mvouika's 52 percent mark from deep and his ability to draw the defender out so Federico Mussini and others can penetrate into the lane. Their struggles from deep are just one of their offensive issues so far in the season. It will be interesting to see if they can change their fortune against their New York City rival.