How to Watch, Listen and Stream
Game Time: 6:30 p.m. ET
TV: FS1 (Justin Kutcher, Tarik Turner)
Live Stream: Fox Sports GO (Where Available)
Providence is a 7-point road favorite and the Over/Under is 142.5. All odds are via OddsShark.com.
St. John’s leads the all-time series, 60-48. Providence won both matchups last season against the Red Storm. The Friars are 25-22 all-time when facing St. John’s in Providence.
What’s at Stake
This isn’t the fault of St. John’s but when Providence was picked 9th by the league’s coaches in the preseason poll in October with St. John’s one spot ahead of the Friars it wasn’t taken too well by Providence players. The fact that St. John’s coming off an 8 win season was picked ahead of Providence coming off a third straight trip to the NCAA Tournament is a fact that I’m certain Ed Cooley reminded his players about this week leading up to this one. On the court, this is a game Providence can’t afford to lose at home if they have any hopes of getting back to the Big Dance for a fourth straight season, a feat never accomplished in school history. St. John’s needs to beat someone other than DePaul if they are hoping to play any postseason basketball. Getting a road win against the Friars would be a good place to start for Chris Mullin’s young team.
Inside the Numbers
St. John’s has been feast or famine with their 3-point shooting in wins versus losses. In their 9 wins this season the Red Storm have shot 47% from beyond the arc. In their 12 losses they’ve been much worse at 30% from downtown. Providence defends the 3-point line well, ranking 52nd* nationally at 31.7%.
*Stats courtesy of Kenpom.com.