How St. John’s basketball can pull off upset against Villanova

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St. John’s basketball stars have to play like stars

Two of the biggest reasons why St. John’s has been able to build a winning streak is because of the play of sophomore forward and Julian Champagnie and freshman Posh Alexander.

Champagnie is leading the Big East in scoring at 19.8 points per game and shooting 44.7-percent from the field and 42.6-percent from three-point range.

Alexander has been named as the Big East Freshman of the Week for the second consecutive week and the former Our Savior Lutheran (N.Y.) standout is posting 11.0 points, 3.6 rebounds, 4.4 assists, and 2.7 steals per game.

Jay Wright and his coaching staff will have Villanova’s defensive game plan heavily shifted towards shutting down the two St. John’s stars but stars rise above the defensive pressure.

Scoring isn’t the only option for these two Johnnies.

The duo can make plays for others and facilitate while waiting for their opportunity to explode on offense.

Alexander and Champagnie cannot let a tough shooting night frustrate them and affect their defense because that’s how Villanova burns teams and wins in blowout fashion.

If St. John’s wants to pull the upset, Julian Champagnie and Posh Alexander need to play like stars for the Red Storm.