The St. John’s men’s basketball team heads to Indianapolis for a Tuesday night BIG EAST showdown with No. 25 Butler (16-6, 6-3) on FOX Sports 1. Tip-off is scheduled for 7 p.m. at Hinkle Fieldhouse with announcers Eric Collins and Bob Wenzel calling the action for the national telecast. St. John’s radio broadcast with John Minko and Vin Parise can be heard on the TuneIn Radio platform or through RedStormSports.com.
St. John’s (14-7, 3-5) has won two of its last three BIG EAST contests. The Red Storm is coming off a 75-66 victory over Providence on Saturday at Madison Square Garden. Sir’Dominic Pointer led St. John’s in scoring for the third time in the last four games posting 20 points on 6-of-10 shooting. Pointer grabbed seven rebounds and dished out five assists in the contest.
Phil Greene IV (16), D’Angelo Harrison (15) and Rysheed Jordan (14) also scored double-digits and combined with Pointer for 65 of the Red Storm’s 75 points. Chris Obekpa finished with eight points, a game-high 10 rebounds and he swatted six shots to reach the 300-block plateau in three seasons.
The Red Storm looks to carry momentum from Saturday’s win into Hinkle Fieldhouse where Butler 10-1 this season. St. John’s will try to avenge a 73-69 setback to the Bulldogs on Jan. 3 at Carnesecca Arena.
Things To Know
* D’Angelo Harrison is three points shy of joining the program’s 2,000-point club as he looks to become the third St. John’s player to reach the career milestone (Chris Mullin – 2,440 & Malik Sealy – 2,402). The senior guard has scored double-figures in 10 straight games and 20 times in 21 contests this season. Harrison became the 38th player in BIG EAST history to reach the 1,000-point plateau in conference play when he scored a team-high 18 points at Creighton on Jan. 28. In 59 career BIG EAST appearances Harrison has 1,022 points averaging 17.3 per game in conference play.
* St. John’s improved to 12-0 when holding teams to fewer than 70 points with its 75-66 victory over Providence on Saturday. The Red Storm limited the Friars to 3-of-16 (18.8 percent) shooting from 3-point territory, which was the lowest mark by a St. John’s opponent in BIG EAST play this season. The Red Storm held Syracuse to 3-of-22 (13.6 percent) and Saint Mary’s to 2-of-12 (16.7 percent) from 3-point range.
* Chris Obekpa currently ranks ninth on the BIG EAST’s career blocks chart averaging 2.88 in 43 conference appearances. Obekpa recorded six blocks versus Providence on Saturday which was his second highest total against a BIG EAST opponent in his career. It was the seventh time this season the 6-foot-10 junior had more than five rejections in a game. Obekpa is third in the nation averaging 3.48 blocks overall this season.
* Sir’Dominic Pointer has scored double-figures in the last six games and posted three double-doubles during this stretch. Since Jan. 14 when St. John’s earned a 13-point victory at Providence, Pointer has led the Red Storm in nearly every statistical category. He has averaged 16.2 points, 8.0 rebounds, 4.3 assists, 2.5 blocks and 1.8 steals. The 6-foot-6 senior has also shot the ball well hitting 49.3 percent (34-of-69) of his field goal attempts and converted 80.0 percent (28-of-35) of his free-throws.
* Rysheed Jordan has scored double-figures five of the last six games, which includes his 14 points on 5-of-6 shooting Saturday versus Providence. Jordan played only seven minutes at Creighton last Wednesday before leaving the contest with an injury. Excluding his brief appearance versus the Bluejays, the sophomore guard has averaged 16.2 points shooting 50.9 percent (27-of-53) to go with 3.0 assists in his last five full games.
About the Series
· St. John’s is 3-1 all-time versus Butler. The Red Storm has won two of three meetings as members of the BIG EAST.
· St. John’s and Butler will meet for the fifth time in a series that dates back to March 13, 1958 in the National Invitation Tournament (NIT) at Madison Square Garden.
· Rysheed Jordan had 16 points on 7-of-11 shooting on Jan. 25, 2014 in a 17-point win in St. John’s last trip to Hinkle Fieldhouse.
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