How to Watch or Stream
When and Where: Wednesday, December 19th at the Carnesecca Arena
Time: 6:30 pm ET
Stream: Fox Sports Go
All-Time Record: These two programs have played each other a grand total of 41 times dating back to 1950. St. John’s has won 38 of those games while St. Francis has won just a meager three. Perhaps trends may continue in this game on Wednesday.
Fresh off of their weekend win over Wagner, St. John’s continues their stretch of playing programs from the NEC with a Wednesday night meeting with the Terriers of St. Francis Brooklyn.
This will be the 42nd time that the Red Storm will be playing St. Francis, a matchup as mentioned up above that has typically been all St. John’s in 38 out of the 41 previous games. Wednesday night should be no different, as St. John’s will be coming into this one riding the high that has been their 10-0 start to the season. It’s one of their best starts in program history and one that St. John’s is hoping to keep going into conference play which is slowly starting to creep into view.
The thing is though, while St. John’s start has been great to watch (and write about) they still need to demonstrate that this is not just a fluke. They need to win a few more of their games in dominant or at least near dominant fashion. Their schedule up to this point has not been the toughest, and in games so far, they have needed a fair amount of time to get under way. If they can harness it all together from the start, then the Johnnies should be a tough task and can put away games much more earlier.
They have all of the tools in place it just now needs to turn into a convincing prospect. Shamorie Ponds has looked sharper than ever and LJ Figueroa has turned into an excellent shooting option so far this season. One interesting issue though is that Mustapha Heron has looked cold in games at times. Hopefully in this game on Wednesday, he can turn that around and play a greater role once again.
On the St. Francis side of things, the Terriers have been off to a good start so far this season. Currently they are 7-4, tops in the NEC, and are riding a two-game win streak with both wins coming against UMass Lowell and Saint Peter’s.
In their games so far this season they have averaged 74.5 points per game and opponents have averaged 70.2 per game. Their leading scorer has been Jalen Jordan, who has averaged 16.5 points per game. They have good secondary options in Chauncey Hawkins and Glenn Sanabria. Hawkins has averaged 13.3 points per game and Sanabria has put up 11.3. Both have been handy at moving the ball around, with both being the leaders in assists per game as well.
Last year this was a close game that St. John’s won in the end by a difference of seven. This year might be the same result, but by a larger margin, as the Red Storm have more fire power in their roster. The Terriers, given that they are a small but tough dog breed, can put up a tough fight. Hopefully St. John’s will carry onto to 11-0, but in the end, let’s see how things play out.