The St. John’s basketball program has a major Big East battle on its hands in Pennsylvania.
Things are about to become much more intense for the St. John’s basketball team as the Red Storm (11-1, 1-0 Big East) enter Big East play following a 14-point victory against Florida State.
The Johnnies already topped DePaul in an early December matchup to begin conference play but a new challenge awaits in the seemingly resurgent Villanova Wildcats (6-5).
The ‘Cats have yet to play in a league game this season but have looked like a new team since five-star freshman Cam Whitmore (thumb) returned after missing seven games to begin the season.
Villanova, under new head coach Kyle Neptune, lost five games in the month of November before rattling off a four game winning streak since Whitmore’s debut in the lineup.
The freshman is averaging 13.5 points and 5.3 rebounds per game.
The trio of returners, Caleb Daniels, Eric Dixion, and Brandon Slater, are combining to post 43.3 points per contest.
St. John’s Basketball Injury Report vs. Villanova
St. John’s is fully healthy entering Wednesday’s matchup against Villanova.
Justin Moore (achilles) remains sidelined for the Wildcats.
St. John’s vs. Villanova Odds: Spread, Over/Under & Betting Pick
WynnBET’s college basketball odds listed St. John’s as a 3.5-point underdog on the road against Villanova as the line now has the Red Storm as a 4.5-point underdog.
The total is listed at 146.
St. John’s must start fast against Villanova, like it did against Florida State, but its 3-point defense will have to be the best it has been all season as the Red Storm have been very vulnerable from beyond the arc.
Opponents are shooting 31.5-percent from distance against the Red Storm while making an average of 7.7 3-pointers per game.
Villanova averages 9.5 made 3-pointers per contest while connecting on 34.3-percent of its attempts and the return of Cam Whitmore has opened up the floor even more for the dangerous shooters of the Wildcats.
The team is averaging 11.0 3-pointers since Whitmore returned amid its four-game winning streak and making 39.2-percent of those shots.
There are other aspects of the game that will determine the outcome but the battle on the perimeter could be the most important.
We will take Villanova to win and cover the spread while the total will go over the number listed.
What Channel is the St. John’s Basketball Game On?
The game will be broadcasted at 6:30 p.m. E.T. on FoxSports1.
St. John’s vs. Villanova Live Stream
Wednesday’s St. John’s basketball game can be streamed live on Fubo TV.
St. John’s Basketball Next Game and Schedule:
Wednesday, December 28 vs. Xavier (9:00p.m. ET)
Saturday, December 31 at. Seton Hall (12:00p.m. ET)
Tuesday, January 3 vs. No. 24 Marquette (6:30p.m. ET)