Coming off a much-needed victory against the Tulane Green Wave in New Orleans, the St. John’s Red Storm return to Carnesecca Arena to square off against the Cal State Northridge Matadors.
How to watch, listen, or stream
Game Time: 6:30 p.m. ET
TV: FOX Sports 1 (Brian Custer, Donny Marshall)
Radio: 970 AM WNYM
Live Stream: FOX Sports Go (where available)
The Red Storm opened at 10.5 point favorites, but it has jumped to as high as 12.5 in some places, per OddsShark. The over/under is set at 162.
Records ATS: St. John’s 5-3, Cal State 1-6
This is the first all-time meeting between these two programs.
It’s not often that we start the three-point previews talking about actual three-pointers, but these teams both rank in the top 55 in the nation in three-point percentage on the season. St. John’s checks in at 39.5%, good for 36th in the country, thanks largely to their 16-25 barrage against Tulane. Northridge, meanwhile, checks in at 38.5%, which is 53rd in the nation. Junior guard Darin Johnson has led the way for the Matadors, shooting 11-21 from beyond the arc this season.
Avoiding the Trap
This is a very winnable game for St. John’s. Northridge almost got upset by a horrendous Idaho State team their last time out. St. John’s can’t afford to fall for the trap again like they did against Delaware State. They must play 40 minutes of good, hard basketball.
It isn’t often you see multiple-time NBA All-tars manning both benches in a college game, but that’s what you have here. Northridge’s Reggie Theus was an NBA All-Star in 1981 and 1983, while St. John’s head coach Chris Mullin was an All-Star from 1989-93. It doesn’t mean anything in regards to this game, but it’s still a neat fact.