Xavier (18-9) at St. John's (18-10)
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DATE & TIME: Tuesday, February 25, 7 p.m. (ET)
FACTS & STATS: Site: Madison Square Garden (18,200) -- New York, New York.
Television: FS1. Home Record: Xavier 14-1, St. John's 13-3. Away Record:
Xavier 3-5, St. John's 3-5. Neutral Record: Xavier 1-3, St. John's 2-2.
Conference Record: Xavier 8-6, St. John's 8-7. Series Record: Series is tied,
GAME NOTES: The St. John's Red Storm will begin their final homestand of the
season on Tuesday night, as they welcome the Xavier Musketeers to Madison
Square Garden for a Big East Conference bout.
Xavier is a stellar 18-9 overall this season but has gone just 3-5 on the
road, which includes losses in two straight road tilts. The Musketeers most
recently fell on the wrong end of a 74-52 decision at Georgetown on Saturday
to drop to 8-6 in the Big East.
St. John's had been red-hot coming into its latest contest with six straight
victories, but while it fought hard at nationally-ranked Villanova on
Saturday, it ultimately lost, 57-54. The Red Storm are now 18-10 overall and
8-7 in league action, and they played especially well on their home floor
The teams met in the Big East opener back on Dec. 31, with Xavier winning at
home, 70-60. St. John's won the only previous meeting in the all-time series
The Musketeers were never a factor in their latest matchup, as they fell
behind by 16 at the half to Georgetown over the weekend before eventually
losing by 22. They were outshot from the field, 52.1 percent to 42.1 percent,
and lost both the rebounding (26-21) and turnover (11-3) battles. Semaj
Christon was nearly flawless despite the loss, shooting 5-of-5 from the field
and 7-of-9 at the free-throw line for 18 points, while Justin Martin and Matt
Stainbrook poured in 13 and 12 points, respectively.
On the season, Xavier boasts an impressive offensive attack, shooting a lofty
47.6 percent from the field for 72.8 ppg, and its defensive presence (.420,
67.4 ppg) has been strong enough to support it. Christon scores 16.5 ppg and
is very efficient from the floor (.503), but that success has not translated
to the free-throw line (.660). Stainbrook is an anchor in the frontcourt with
11.0 ppg, 8.3 rpg and more than a block per outing, while Martin rounds out
the double-digit scorers with 11.4 ppg.
The Red Storm trailed for the majority of their latest game, but while they
climbed back to tie the score at 50 with five minutes to play, Villanova
promptly ran off four straight points to put the contest away. The squad
played impressive defense, holding Villanova to less than 40 percent field
goal shooting, but it could not take advantage with its tries from the floor
(.322). D'Angelo Harrison put up 15 points to lead the way, Rysheed Jordan
scored 13 points and JaKarr Sampson tallied a double-double with 12 points and
Similar to Xavier, St. John's has been impressive on both ends of the floor
this season, shooting 44.9 percent from the field for 72.7 ppg, while allowing
66.0 ppg on just 40.3 percent shooting, and it sports positive margins both in
terms of rebounding (+0.2) and turnovers (+2.8). Harrison shoots a mere 38.6
percent from the field but has knocked down 156-of-179 at the foul line (.872)
and posts a team-best 17.8 ppg. Sampson (12.7 ppg, 6.3 rpg) and Jordan (8.9
ppg) are regular contributors as well.
Although Xavier got the best of St. John's in the first meeting this season,
expect the Red Storm to return to the favor in this one against a Musketeers
squad that has been shaky on the road.
Sports Network Predicted Outcome: St. John's 70, Xavier 65
02/25 10:22:53 ET
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