St. John's (19-11) at Marquette (17-13)
The Sports Network
DATE & TIME: Saturday, March 8, 12 p.m. (ET)
FACTS & STATS: Site: BMO Harris Bradley Center (19,000) -- Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Television: FOX Sports 1. Home Record: St. John's 14-4, Marquette 12-3. Away Record: St. John's 3-5, Marquette 4-8. Neutral Record: St. John's 2-2, Marquette 1-2. Conference Record: St. John's 9-8, Marquette 9-8. Series Record: Marquette leads, 15-7.
GAME NOTES: Headed into the regular-season finale, the Marquette Golden Eagles will look to try and halt a two-game skid as they host the St. John's Red Storm in a Big East Conference clash at the Harris Bradley Center.
St. John's has won just one game in its last three contests, but prior to that had been victorious in six straight outings. The Red Storm are coming off a 72-64 win over DePaul on Sunday, and will try to end the regular season on a high note before the Big East Tournament starts.
Marquette has lost two in a row and three of its last five games altogether. The Golden Eagles were defeated in a tough double-overtime contest, 81-80, by Providence on Tuesday. Marquette and St. John's sport identical 9-8 conference records headed into this showdown.
Marquette owns the all-time series lead between the two opponents, 15-7. The Red Storm and Golden Eagles met once earlier this season, which resulted in a 74-59 rout by St. John's in New York.
St. John's simply cruised past DePaul in the first half of Sunday's contest, but the Blue Demons made somewhat of a run in the second half to stay relevant. The eight-point Red Storm victory depicts a much closer contest that it realistically was. D'Angelo Harrison notched a double-double with 25 points and 10 rebounds, adding four assists to his stat line in the game. Sir'Dominic Pointer tallied 14 points, and Orlando Sanchez added 13 with eight rebounds off the bench. The Red Storm shot 50 percent from the floor in the game.
Harrison has been a monster for the Red Storm this season, averaging a team- leading 17.5 ppg with 32 steals (second on St. John's) and a team-high 87.2 percentage from the free-throw line. JaKarr Sampson has been a solid presence underneath the basket, averaging 12.6 ppg with a team-high 6.1 rpg. Rysheed Jordan (9 ppg) leads the team with 81 assists on the year, and Chris Obekpa (4 ppg) leads the team in blocked shots with 90. The Red Storm are scoring 72 ppg and giving up just 65.9 ppg to their opponents.
Marquette and Providence had quite the battle going into double-overtime on Tuesday, but it was the Friars who made the last move in the one-point Marquette loss. Bryce Cotton drilled a pair of free throws with 7.2 seconds left in the second extra sessions to give Providence the win. Todd Mayo tallied a double-double for Marquette in the loss, recording 26 points and 11 rebounds. Two other players for the Golden Eagles - Davante Gardner and Jamil Wilson - each notched double-doubles. Gardner had 15 points and 10 rebounds, and Wilson chipped in 11 points with 14 boards. Deonte Burton also scored 10 points in the Marquette defeat.
Gardner has enjoyed a stellar season for the Golden Eagles in 2013-14, averaging 14.9 ppg on 52.8 percent shooting. His 5.8 rpg average is just behind Wilson's team-leading 5.9 rpg total. Wilson nets 11.8 ppg for Marquette, and Mayo chips in 10.7 ppg. Derrick Wilson leads the team with 121 assists on the year for the Golden Eagles, who average 71.8 ppg this season.
Heading into the regular-season finale in the Big East, St. John's is the hotter of the two teams. Even in their two recent losses, the Red Storm gave up just 57 and 65 points. The strong St. John's defense should be fine on the road against Marquette.
Sports Network Predicted Outcome: St. John's 74, Marquette 65
03/08 10:16:46 ET