The St. John’s basketball team hits the road on Saturday afternoon to face No. 16 Providence.
It took the heroics of Julian Champagnie and a clutch basket from Dylan Addae-Wusu to lift the St. John’s basketball team over DePaul at home in its first game in 18 days.
Now the Johnnies (9-3, 1-0 Big East) will see the competition take a jump as head coach Mike Anderson will lead his team to Rhode Island to face No. 16 Providence (13-2, 3-1 Big East) on Saturday afternoon.
The Friars have been on fire to begin the season, although Ed Cooley’s saw his team run off the floor against Marquette its last time out.
Providence is led by All-Big East center Nate Watson, averaging 13.5 points per game but surprisingly only 6.0 rebounds per contest.
Cooley’s team already has wins over Texas Tech, then No. 20 Connecticut, and then No. 15 Seton Hall on the season.
St. John’s Injury Report vs. Providence
St. John’s did not have Tareq Coburn (back) and Rafael Pinzon (COVID-19) against DePaul on Wednesday night.
Both players have a chance to play on Saturday as Pinzon, who was on the bench against the Blue Demons, is out of quarantine and the only questions that surround the freshman are about his conditioning.
Stef Smith also did not play against DePaul as he was wearing a KN95 mask on the Red Storm bench while Esahia Nyiwe did play in the game with the same mask on.
Mike Anderson said after the game that Smith was available to play and it was a “coaches decision” that he did not see the floor.
Providence is likely without senior AJ Reeves (broken finger) on Saturday.
Reeves did not play against Marquette, a 32-point loss, and only logged eight minutes against Virginia, Providence’s only other loss on the season, in which the Friars were outscored by 18 points and only mustered 40 points in the game.
St. John’s vs. Providence Odds: Spread, Over/Under & Betting Pick
WynnBET’s College Basketball Odds lists Providence as a 4.5-point favorite at home against the Johnnies on Saturday afternoon while the total is listed at 146.
This is a tough ask for St. John’s.
To go on the road in its second game back from a pause to face a feisty, ranked team coming off a blowout loss.
The likely absence of AJ Reeves will be a factor but there is still a lot for the Red Storm to overcome, specifically the presence of Nate Watson inside.
We will take Providence to win, and cover, at home on Saturday while the total will go over the number listed.
What Channel is the St. John’s Game On?
The game will be broadcast at 12:00 p.m. E.T. on Fox Sports 1.
St. John’s vs. Providence Live Stream
Today’s St. John’s game can be streamed live on Fubo TV.
St. John’s Basketball Next Game and Schedule
Wednesday, Jan. 12 at. Connecticut (8:30 p.m.)
Sunday, Jan. 16 vs. Georgetown (TBA)
Wednesday, Jan. 19 at. Creighton (7:00 p.m.)