HOW TO WATCH
Time: 6:30 PM EST
Watch Online: Fox Sports Go
(Via Action Network)
Spread: Villanova, -12.5, St. John’s, +12.5
Money-line: Villanova, -900, St. John’s, +610
As we near the end of conference play in the regular season, every Big East competitor is attempting to keep their ship afloat before the big dance arrives. On Wednesday night, we’ll witness both teams who represent this reality in the No. 12 Villanova Wildcats and St. John’s Red Storm.
The last time, these two teams met, the Wildcats easily took care of the Red Storm (79-59) in their January 28th matchup at Madison Square Garden. By capturing their seventh consecutive win, the 12th ranked team in the nation looked and played the part of a national championship contender. But little did the Wildcats know, things would quickly change.
Three consecutive close losses to rivals Creighton, No. 19 Butler, and No. 12 Seton Hall halted the Wildcats’ momentum at the start of February. Despite the duo of Saddiq Bey and Collin Gillespie playing very good games, the Wildcats’ losing streak happened because of a lack of support from its supporting cast via five-star freshman Jeremiah Robinson-Earl, Jermaine Samuels, Justin Moore, and a couple of others.
Yet, as the Wildcats ultimately bounced back via their current four-game winning streak, the Red Storm haven’t produced their share of comeback moments in 2020. Since January 5th, the Johnnies have only won three games and out of their 10 losses since then, they lost by double-digits, five times.
Even though this season was never expected to be a competitive one for New York City’s team, it has hurt fans to watch them lose in tough fashion; especially with the timely and effective contributions from Rasheem Dunn, Julian Champagnie, and Marcellus Earlington, who were aiding the Johnnies’ two-best players in LJ Figueroa and Mustapha Heron.