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15 February 2008

'Nova looks to take St. John's by storm

posted by NovaFan09
2/15/2008 06:00:00 PM

Villanova Wildcats (14-9, 4-7 BE) at
St. John's Red Storm (10-13, 4-8 BE)

Date: Saturday, February 16, 2008
Location: Madison Square Garden (New York)
Time: 8:00 p.m. EST
Television: ESPN Classic (ESPN 360 simulcast)

St. John's coverage: SJU Redstorm || Official site || Johnny Jungle

Aside from the game-deciding foul call versus Georgetown Monday night, Villanova's defensive effort over the last three halves has been the defining story around campus and across the Web. After holding Seton Hall to 28 percent shooting in the second half, Villanova followed up with a solid defensive effort against Georgetown, limiting the Hoyas to 55 points.

With that in mind, Villanova should have no problem containing the Red Storm, who sit second to last in the Big East in points per game, at 63.3. After making only 12 field goals in a loss to Cincinnati Wednesday that snapped a three-game winning streak, St. John's is a paltry 4-8 in conference play, just a half-game behind Villanova for the final spot in the Big East Tournament.

St. John's is led by Anthony Mason Jr., son of the former NBA player. Mason (13.5 ppg) has missed the last three games with an ankle injury and is questionable for Saturday night. Freshman Justin Burrell is a solid second scoring option for St. John's, as he provides a decent low-post presence at 12 points per game.

It is important that Villanova continue its defensive efforts Saturday night as the 'Cats try to build momentum. Call it a hunch, but look for Malcolm Grant to get significant minutes -- by recent standards -- at MSG. It is my opinion that his lack of play has nothing to do with an impending transfer, but has more likely arisen due to disciplinary issues. (Ed. note: Novafan09's opinions do not necessarily reflect those of LetsGoNova.com)

Your keys to the game

For this preview I would like to try a new temporary feature. In addition to defense, use the comments section below to offer your own keys to the game. It will be interesting to see what 'Nova Nation projects as the keys and x-factors to winning this conference game. Be sure to also take part in our contest to predict the final score. The winner will, as always, be mentioned in the game recap.

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At 6:36 PM, February 15, 2008, Blogger Pete said...

Villanova 82
St. John's 73

At 10:55 PM, February 15, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Villanova 77
St. Johns 70

I believe the factor to this game is weather or not corey fisher can kick the ball out as point guard, instead of driving the ball with bad shots.

At 11:22 PM, February 15, 2008, Blogger Pete said...

Oh Snap -- don't worry, the weather in the Garden is usually about 70 degrees and no precipitation.

At 4:12 AM, February 16, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

i could care less if malcolm doesn't play as long as we win..
it sickens me that people are questioning Jay's integrity

At 8:45 AM, February 16, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

We win out, then call us National Champions.

Nova 92
SJU 61


At 9:17 AM, February 16, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

It could get "stormy" in the Garden, but I look for another strong game from Cas and Dwayne;
another big defensive effort from the TEAM.

If Corey Fisher looked at the films his game will be much improved, and his assist numbers much bigger.

Cats 75
STJ 55

At 9:18 AM, February 16, 2008, Anonymous Gregg said...

Nova 74
St. Johns 61

At 9:28 AM, February 16, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

hahaha! he said, weather...villanova education at it's best!

VU 100
SJU 72

At 9:40 AM, February 16, 2008, Anonymous Dorion said...

Nova - 75
St. Johns - 65

At 10:47 AM, February 16, 2008, Blogger Pete said...

"hahaha! he said, weather...villanova education at it's best!" --- Pot, meet kettle.

At 10:57 AM, February 16, 2008, Anonymous girl. said...

i think the key to this game will be GOOOD REFFING!...just kidding i think the game will be a blowout even with biased refs. Seriously, we need a good game from fish, and like oh snap said we need him to kick the ball OUT. We also need good d and big games from cas and dante.

At 11:25 AM, February 16, 2008, Anonymous Rollie said...

Energy and good defense continue. Fisher learns how to hit the broad side of a barn.

Nova 70
St. John's 64

At 1:08 PM, February 16, 2008, Blogger Foye's Boy said...

nova - 72
st johns - 60

get off fish's case, he had a bad game...

At 5:01 PM, February 16, 2008, Anonymous Lip said...

Nova 78
St. Johns 64

At 6:40 PM, February 16, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

and i feel like a dumb-ass.(this is ohsnap)

At 6:54 PM, February 16, 2008, Anonymous Michael said...

Villanova 87
St.Johns 76

At 6:55 PM, February 16, 2008, Anonymous nascar08 said...

i feel good about this game. I agree with Michaels score and i am new to this site.

At 10:50 AM, February 17, 2008, Blogger NovaFan09 said...

granted this was a win against an overmatched st. john's team, but you have to like that villanova has now put together 5 solid halves of defense in their last 3 games.


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