How to Watch
Time: 8 p.m. ET
TV: CBS Sports Network
Spread: Villanova -11
Moneyline: Villanova -620 | St. John’s +460
As we barrel towards the conclusion of the regular season, St. John’s and Villanova are set for a midweek tilt Tuesday night.
Earlier this month, St. John’s turned heads with their 70-59 win over the Wildcats at Carnesecca. The Red Storm were in the midst of a resurgence, one that has simmered down in all fairness. They’ve lost two of the last three heading into play, eating tough losses to Butler and DePaul. But the wider trend says the Johnnies have been rolling, having won eight of their last 11 games.
When Villanova’s been on the court, they’ve been a force to be reckoned with. They’re 14-3 on the year and 9-2 in Big East play, and have won three of four coming into action. They were tripped up by Creighton on Saturday the 13th, but rebounded with a win over UConn this past Saturday. Their lead in the Big East has thinned out a bit, by two games in the loss column, but they are still the king of the mountain until proven otherwise.
St. John’s will have to hope for a similar defensive performance to take the mighty Cats down in this one. ‘Nova shot just 37.5 percent on 2-pointers and 26.7 percent on 3-pointers in the 70-59 loss earlier this month to the Red Storm. St. John’s also forced 17 turnovers, something they will hope to replicate in this meeting as well. Shooting 43.5 percent from 3-point land also helped their cause as well, to say the very least.
‘Nova has been super tough at home however. They’ve yet to lose a game at Finneran Pavilion this year, and the closest they came was back on January 19, when they eked by Seton Hall by two. They have otherwise been very strong, so St. John’s will have to do what others simply haven’t been able to do this year. Do they have the muster to do it? Time will soon tell.