The #12 Villanova Wildcats will host the St. John’s Red Storm in a Big East clash Tuesday night from the Finneran Pavilion. The Red Storm were dealt an 81-65 road loss by Seton Hall on Sunday, and the Wildcats recorded a 64-55 road win against Xavier on Saturday. Villanova routed St. John’s by a 79-59 score in the first meeting this season.
St. John's Tagged with 11th Big East Loss, Heron Out
The St. John’s Red Storm are going to have trouble finding the win column the rest of the way. They have been tagged with the loss in five out of their last six games overall and have fallen to 3-11 in Big East play, putting them in second last. St. John’s defense has been exploited recently which continued in their 81-65 road loss to #16 Seton Hall on Sunday in a tilt that had the Red Storm labeled as 10.5 point dogs.
LJ Figueroa scored 19 points in Sunday’s loss. The junior guard has reached the 20 point mark five times this season and is currently averaging 14.8 PPG on 37.7% shooting. Mustapha Heron is out of the season which is a big loss. The senior guard recorded an average of 13.8 PPG this season and was a big threat from three-point range. Rasheem Dunn is playing reasonably well, scoring at least 13 points in five out of his last seven games overall. The junior guard owns an average of 12.6 PPG.
The Red Storm are positioned 78th in all of DI in Ken Pomeroy’s college basketball ratings and hold a poor 1-6 road record. St. John’s is averaging a solid 74.7 points, ranking them 86th in the country. They are squandering an average of 71.2 points, placing them down at 231st overall.
#12 Villanova Defeats Xavier, Remain in 3rd in Big East
The red-hot Villanova Wildcats are seeking their fifth consecutive win. They have catapulted up the Big East standings and now stand at 10-4 in conference play, 1.5 games behind first-place Seton Hall. Villanova is playing terrific defense which continued in their 64-55 road win against Xavier on Saturday in a tilt that had the Wildcats as one point dogs. Villanova is now projected as a #3 seed in ESPN’s Bracketology.
Saddiq Bey is red-hot, sinking a combined 42 points in his last two games. The sophomore forward has been the Wildcats' most productive scorer recently and he is now averaging 15.8 PPG and 5 RPG. Collin Gillespie only scored four points in Saturday’s victory, although overall he is playing well. The junior guard has drained 12 three’s in his last three games and is sporting an average of 15.7 PPG and 4.6 APG. Jeremiah Robinson-Earl has shot at least 50% in three out of his last four contests. The freshman forward holds an average of 10.6 PPG and 9.4 RPG.
The Wildcats remained at #12 in this week’s AP Top 25 rankings and Ken Pomeroy has them at 18th in his ratings. Villanova is 11-2 on their home floor and they are averaging 73.9 points, placing them 105th overall. They are holding opponents to 66.4 points, positioning them 96th in the country.
The St. John's Red Storm are:
- 1-5 ATS in their last 6 games overall.
- 0-4 ATS in their last 4 games against a team with a winning percentage above .600.
The Villanova Wildcats are:
- 6-1 ATS in their last 7 games following a straight-up win.
- 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games following an ATS win.