How to Watch
When: 5:00 pm EST
Where: Madison Square Garden; New York, NY
Bets are On
Villanova is favored by -1.5, according to OddsShark.
Madison Square Garden is known for bringing out the best in the BIG EAST play, and this evening’s game is expected to be no different. The No. 13 Villanova Wildcats bounced back from their 1-point loss to Marquette last weekend with a sound victory over Providence on Wednesday, 85-67. With an overall season record of 20-5, and only one loss in conference action so far, the Wildcats appear to have regained their signature cohesive team dynamic that translates to a sustainable winning system. Senior Phil Booth still tops scoring for ‘Nova, with an average of 18.5 points per game. Fellow senior Eric Paschall joins Booth in offensive prowess, averaging 17.6 points, and also dropped a team-high 25 points most recently against the Friars.
In comparison, the Johnnies have experienced a little more season inconsistency. With an overall season record of 18-7, St. John’s has also fallen in half of their BIG EAST games played. Interestingly, while the Red Storm boasted a home-court advantage during non-conference play (going 8-0), St. John’s is currently 3-3 at home during BIG EAST action. Junior Shamorie Ponds remains St. John’s shooting beacon, averaging 20.5 points per game. Junior Mustapha Heron is next-in-line in statistical point averages, and also splashed a game-high 28 points in the Johnnies’ latest victory against Butler on Tuesday.