The St. John’s Red Storm may have put a stamp on their resume with their victory over the Villanova Wildcats this past Sunday. But every game is important, and they’ll be heading into a hostile environment on Wednesday night, as they’ll face the Providence Friars at The Dunk.
Shamorie Ponds and the Johnnies have won three of their last four including the aforementioned victory against Villanova. That run also includes a W against the Marquette Golden Eagles, their second win of the season against the high-flying Golden Eagles. Sandwiched in there is a win against the Butler Bulldogs but, also, perhaps coincidentally a loss to Providence. The Friars tagged them with a 70-56 loss in their last go-around at MSG. So the Red Storm will be out for revenge in this contest to say the least.
That win over St. John’s was a bright spot in a down season in Friartown. The Friars are 14-12 and 4-9 in Big East play so far. They were 4-8 back in the 2016-17 season, but rebounded to go 10-8 against conference opponents that season. That kind of run is probably unthinkable at this point, as PC is kind of who they are. Their scoring struggles have been tough to overcome as droughts have plagued them throughout this season. They are staring at their worst finish in the Big East standings since realignment and one of their worst in recent memory in general.
Providence is simply going to have to hope for the kind of output they had last time around in this upcoming contest. They got four double figure outings from their squad, including an 18-point outburst from Nate Watson. Isaiah Jackson gave them 12, David Duke had 11 and Alpha Diallo, the typically top scorer, gave them 10. Diallo also dominated on the glass with 15 rebounds to lead both sides that night. If he can be that kind of terror again then the Friars have a chance to pull off the upset.
For St. John’s, meanwhile, it’s all about keeping things going. They rode the wave on Sunday but obviously will have to hope for a much better start. They can’t afford to fall behind by as much as 19 points as they did against Villanova. They got 22 points from LJ Figueroa and 19 from Mustapha Heron For their sake, Ponds gives them more than 11 on 2-of-14 from the field, but we know that he has the ability to do better than that. Look for Justin Simon, who had 13 & 8 against the Cats, to make an impact, as well.
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