For the third time in four years, the Georgetown Hoyas (15-16, 5-13) and St. John’s Red Storm (16-15, 5-13) will open the Big East Tournament Wednesday evening at Madison Square Garden.
The Hoyas won both meetings between the two teams this season, picking up an 87-66 victory January 8 at Capital One Arena, and a 73-72 victory February 2 at Madison Square Garden, a game St. John’s led by 17 in the second half.
Georgetown has struggled since that comeback win over St. John’s, finishing the season 2-7 as both Mac McClung and Omer Yurtseven have been bogged down by foot injuries and missed significant time. McClung has missed nine of the last ten games, and played just eight minutes in the game he suited up for, while Yurtseven has missed six of the last seven, playing 26 minutes in his one appearance. Both players are doubtful for Wednesday’s Big East Tournament opener, which is a significant blow for the Hoyas.
St. John’s has had their share of struggles in conference play, as well, but it seems like they’ve put it together of late, picking up wins over Marquette and Creighton over the past couple of weeks. Mustapha Heron’s injury seemed to bring them down for a bit, but Mike Anderson’s bunch has gotten it together, and with the benefit of home court advantage, the Red Storm are an intriguing team to watch this week. Julian Champagnie could have a big game for St. John’s if Yurtseven is held out for Georgetown.
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Time: 7 p.m ET
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