Quite possibly the most important game will be play on Sunday between two teams that hopefully could kick start their season. No, not that nonsense down in Miami, it is instead the St. John’s Red Storm playing host to the Georgetown Hoyas to close out their regular season meetings between each other.
In their first meeting, the Hoyas won in convincing fashion by a score of 87 to 66 giving Georgetown their first win in conference play and leaving the Red Storm in the lurch in search of their first win which luckily came next game against DePaul. Since their first meeting this season it has been relatively speaking a similar bag of tricks for both teams. At this point, both teams are sitting on 2-7 records in conference play and overall probably wish fortunes could be better. Georgetown will be coming into this one on a three game losing streak with losses coming against Marquette, Xavier, and most recently a 69-64 loss to Butler which saw the Hoyas lead for much the game before faltering in the second half all the while Kamar Baldwin heated up for the Bulldogs to mount the comeback for the win.
St. John’s, on the other hand, have not fared much better over their last three games with one win and two losses in this stretch. The win came against DePaul who so far have been the only team that St. John’s has managed to win against taking both regular season contests. Other than that the two losses have come against Marquette and Villanova both in blow out fashion. In the case of the game against the Golden Eagles, the Red Storm held on for much of the game, but holding on was not enough in the end as Marquette surged ahead. Against Villanova it was a pure blowout from the onset even with Jermaine Samuels out of the lineup, the Wildcats had more than enough to out shine a lackluster Red Storm performance.
Now with both teams squaring off again it seems that both could see a potential boost in a win from this one. Thankfully for both being in the mix for the Big East and further afield implications on the season are still not that far out of sight though that sentiment might be slipping fairly soon. Georgetown even with a win in this match up already in the books are potentially the favorites for a doubled up win especially if Mac McClung plays like he did the last time these two teams squared up and if Omer Yurtseven can carry over his play from the Butler game where he had a double-double night of 14 points and 13 rebounds. Still though the glaring issue might be defensive issues and that they need to rely heavily on shooting to boost up a lagging defense at times. If St. John’s can mount a challenge and play at a much better level than last time then these issues could be a gain for them especially in pressuring the Hoyas into poor shot attempts. The biggest thing for St. John’s though will be consistency on offense to match a consistent effort on defense. This season or well the season so far in the Big East has been plagued by a lack of consistency on offense. Hopefully this game can change with some strides but the Red Storm.
In all this should be an interesting game to watch. It could be a lift for either team going forward to get a win in this one and maybe change their season for the better.
Time: 1:00 PM ET
Where: Madison Square Garden