The St. John’s Men’s Basketball team will return to Madison Square Garden on Sunday for the latest edition of its storied BIG EAST rivalry with Georgetown.
The 119th meeting all-time between the Red Storm and Hoyas will tip-off at 4:30 p.m. on FOX with Tim Brando and Jim Jackson on the call from “The World’s Most Famous Arena.” Fans can also catch the LEARFIELD Red Storm Sports Network broadcast with John Minko and Tarik Turner on a variety of platforms including The Varsity Network app, TuneIn, channel 84 on Sirius XM and the SXM app, RedStormSports.com and the St. John’s Red Storm mobile app.
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St. John’s (9-5, 1-2 BIG EAST) will look to even its conference record on Sunday when it welcomes the Hoyas (6-7, 0-2 BIG EAST) for the first meeting between the teams since December of 2020. The Red Storm dropped a pair of road games in New England over the past week while the Hoyas have lost three straight since a Dec. 15 win over Howard. Both St. John’s and Georgetown endured lengthy COVID-related pauses around the holidays.
St. John’s will look to claim its first win of the season at Madison Square Garden, where the Red Storm dropped a 59-57 decision to Pitt on Dec. 18. The Red Storm contested that game without the services of Julian Champagnie, who leads the league and ranks eighth in the country with 21.2 points per contest. In the team’s most recent outing at Connecticut on Wednesday, Champagnie posted 27 points and grabbed five boards for his seventh effort of the season with 20 or more points in just 13 opportunities. The Brooklyn native hit what appeared to be a game-winning 3-pointer in the closing seconds before the Huskies forced overtime. In the Johnnies’ BIG EAST opener against DePaul, Champagnie, who was coming off a 24-day layoff between games, scored 34 points and grabbed 16 boards to lead the Red Storm to victory.
Champagnie was one of three Johnnies to finish in double figures against UConn on Wednesday. Aaron Wheeler logged 13 points, seven rebounds and a pair of blocks in 25 minutes of action. That effort followed a career-best 15-point showing against Providence on Saturday, marking the first time in Wheeler’s collegiate tenure that he has reached double figures in back-to-back outings. Despite scoring just two points in the opening stanza, Posh Alexander managed to finish with 11 points and 10 rebounds for his first collegiate double-double. Six of Alexander’s career-high 10 caroms came on the offensive glass, matching a season-high in that category. Entering the weekend, Alexander, who stands at 6-feet tall, ranks second in the BIG EAST with 3.1 offensive boards per game. Creighton’s Ryan Kalkbrenner, who stands at 7-foot-1, leads the league with 3.2 offensive rebounds per contest. 6-foot-8 Eric Dixon of Villanova ranks third (3.0).
St. John’s enters the weekend with the top scoring average in the league at 82.1 points per game, a total that ranks 15th in Division I. The Johnnies also sit among the national leaders in assists, checking in at no. 6 with 18.7 helpers per contest.
The last time Georgetown took the floor at Madison Square Garden in March, the Hoyas completed an improbable run of four wins in as many days to claim the program’s eighth BIG EAST title. Since then, the Hoyas have not won a game away from Washington, losing four straight contests played outside the friendly confines of Capital One Arena.
Both of the Hoyas’ two leading scorers are newcomers. Aminu Mohammed, the Preseason BIG EAST Freshman of the Year, tops the team with 13.8 points and 8.3 boards per contest. Kaiden Rice, a graduate transfer from The Citadel, is averaging 13.0 points per game thanks in large part to his 3-point shooting; all but six of his 52 field goals have come from beyond the arc this season.
St. John’s carries a 61-57 all-time record against the Hoyas into Sunday’s contest. The two teams split the regular season series in 2020-21, as the Hoyas prevailed in overtime at McDonough Arena on Dec. 13, one week before the Red Storm claimed a 94-83 victory at Carnesecca Arena. Champagnie tallied 20 points and nine boards in that most recent win over Georgetown.
After taking on the Hoyas, the Red Storm will hit the road for a Wednesday meeting with Creighton before returning to host Seton Hall at MSG on Jan. 22. To purchase tickets, visit RedStormTix.com or call 1-888-GO-STORM.
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