St. John’s basketball sees another schedule change, will face Marquette.
Hours prior to its matchup against the DePaul Blue Demons (3-6, 1-6 Big East), the St. John’s basketball program learned that it would not face the Connecticut Huskies (8-3, 5-3 Big East) on Sunday afternoon in Queens.
UConn announced that a referee that officiated its matchup against Butler on Tuesday night had tested positive for COVID-19 and the team would be entering a short quarantine as a result of contact tracing.
Butler (5-8, 4-6 Big East) will not pause following the positive test, rather it’s game against Xavier (10-2, 3-2 Big East) has been moved from Friday to Saturday.
However, the Huskies scheduled games against Villanova (Thursday) and St. John’s (Sunday) had been postponed with no rescheduled dates set.
The Johnnies (10-7, 4-6 Big East) defeated the Huskies, who are still without injured star point guard James Bouknight, 74-70 on January 18.
Instead of having a seven day break, the Big East worked to find a game for the Johnnies and it will now travel to Milwaukee, Wisconsin to face Marquette (8-8, 4-6 Big East) on Sunday afternoon.
The Golden Eagles were the only healthy team that was idle in the conference this weekend and will now host St. John’s.
Marquette defeated the Red Storm in Queens on January 16, 73-71.
The time and network will not change from the originally scheduled game, 3:30pm EST on FOX.
St. John’s was originally scheduled to travel to Marquette on February 20. Now, the Red Storm and DePaul both have openings on February 20, a potential date to makeup the postponed game from January 2.
St. John’s basketball looking to keep positive momentum
Since starting conference play at 1-5, the Red Storm have won four of five, with its lone loss coming against Marquette.
St. John’s has been playing without Greg Williams Jr. (back) in the last two victories and head coach Mike Anderson did not have an update on his junior guard following the team’s victory over DePaul on Wednesday night.
Sophomore Julian Champangnie also twisted his ankle against the Blue Demons but Anderson was not concerned about the forward’s availability going forward.
Since its victory over St. John’s, Marquette has dropped its last two games, at home against DePaul and an overtime road loss to Providence.