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PREVIEW: St. Johns hosts #10 Creighton

Can the Red Storm spoil Creighton’s Big East title hopes?

Game Info

Time: Noon ET

Where: Carnesecca Arena, Queens, NY

Watch: FS1

Line: Creighton -5.5

Stat Leaders

Points

SJU Figueroa 14.4

CREI Alexander 16.9 (3rd in BE)

Rebounds

SJU Champagnie 6.4 (9th)

CREI Jefferson 5.5

Assists

SJU Dunn (9th)

CREI Zegarowski (3rd)

Last 5

SJU L @ VILL 71-60, L @ HALL 81-65, L XAV 77-74, W PROV 80-69, L @ CREI 84-72

CREI W BUT 81-59, W @ MARQ 73-65, W DEP 93-64, W @ HALL 87-82, W SJU 94-82

What to Watch For

The Creighton Bluejays are one of the hottest teams in the country. Winners of their last nine of 10, the Jays are also riding a five-game win streak that began with a win against St. John’s. In this initial match up, the Red Storm couldn’t do much to stop the high powered Creighton offense. Six Bluejays went on to score in double figures as they shot 60.3% from the floor and 46.4% (13-28) from 3 while totaling 21 assists. They are playing their best basketball at the right time and at 1.5 games behind Seton Hall for the top of the Big East, Creighton has a very real shot at winning their first Big East regular season title.

St. John’s is much better at home. In eight conference away games, SJU is 0-8 with an average margin of -12.5. In seven conference home games, the Red Storm are 2-5 with an average margin of -1.6 (+1.5 if you take out the 20 point loss to Villanova). St. John’s has played three Big East teams twice in which they played on the road in the first game and at home in the second game. Against all three teams, they were able to improve the result differential (by an average of 13.7 points) playing the second time at home. Coach Anderson’s squad may be second to last in the Big East standings, but they play tough and are no easy out, especially at home.