Two bubble teams heading in two different directions square off in D.C. tonight as the Red Storm of St. John’s battle the Hoyas of Georgetown. Bracket experts have their eyes glued to this one. Which team will stake its claim as a team to be deserving of a spot in the big dance?
This was supposed to be one of the best teams St. John’s has had in years. At the beginning of the season, it looked that the hype was real as the team started out 11-1. But then, the Red Storm hit a rough patch by losing 6 of their next 8 games. Now they have won three in a row and are starting to catch fire.
Georgetown looked as if it could do some real damage in the conference after destroying conference leader Villanova by 20 last month, but has been up and down losing 3 of its last 6.
These two teams are separated by just 1.5 games in the Big East.
Why Should You Care:
This is definitely a make-or-break game for both teams. Each team has a chance to be in the top 4 of the Big East standings by the end of the regular season and better its resume for tournament time. Also, previous wins (or losses) play a huge role in this game that might determine who gets in and who is out.
Match-up to Watch:
Once again, the guard play is huge in Big East play. So the match-up between Georgetown’s D’Vauntes Smith-Rivera and St. John’s Sir’Dominic Pointer is one that I’m really looking forward to.
For St. John’s, it’s guard Rysheed Jordan. He shoots the ball very well – 43 percent from the field, and 35 percent from 3-point land.
For the Hoyas, it’s big man Joshua Smith. The 6-10 center is second in scoring and leads the team in rebounds. He could be a big difference in the game.
Georgetown is reeling and it needs this one, but I believe that St. John’s is streaking at the right time. St. John’s gets a huge win on the road, 74-71.