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DePaul vs. St. John's: 3-Point Preview

It's a classic battle between blue and red. St. John's hosts Depaul Wednesday night, looking to avenge an earlier defeat to the Blue Demons. Tip-off is set for 9 p.m. on CBS Sports Network.

St. John's Phil Greene (left) IV drives the lane during a 71-67 overtime loss to Depaul in January.
St. John's Phil Greene (left) IV drives the lane during a 71-67 overtime loss to Depaul in January.
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It's a big night in basketball Wednesday, as Depaul takes on St. John's in a pivotal Big East match-up. Can Rysheed Jordan and company take down the Blue Demons and get a must needed win? Or will Depaul pick up an impressive road win and go above .500 in league play?

Mambo Number Five....Guards

Center Chris Obepka has run into hot water lately for his incident against Butler, where he slapped the head of a Butler player running down the court. Coach Steve Lavin has said he will not start for the foreseeable future, and when he did play off the bench against Creighton on Saturday, Obepka rolled his ankle and left the game. St. John's went to a five guard system, and it worked against the Bluejays. They used the fast pace play to their advantage on both ends of the court. Can it work again against Depaul?

Seventh Heaven for the Demons?

Led by leading scorer Billy Garrrett Jr., Depaul sits at 6-6 in 6th place in the Big East. A win at St. John's would give them seven wins in Big East play (duh...). But that seventh win would be the most Big East wins for the Blue Demons since 2006-07 when they had nine.

One of those wins this season came against St. John's, where Garrett Jr. put up 20 points, and Myke Henry threw up a double-double (19 points, 12 rebounds) en route to a 71-67 overtime win at Allstate Arena.

Bubbles, Bubbles, Bubbles.

St. John's has to win this game to keep themselves, as they say, "on the bubble." Currently, the Red Storm are listed as part of the "First Four Out" on Joe Lunardi's Bracketology on ESPN.com. With a 7-1 home record at Carnesecca Arena, D'Angelo Harrison and company must win this game to keep their resume worth reviewing by the tournament committee.

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