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St. John's (9-6) at DePaul (9-8)



The Sports Network

DATE & TIME: Tuesday, January 14, 7 p.m. (ET)

FACTS & STATS: Allstate Arena (18,500) -- Rosemont, Illinois. Television: FS1. Home Record: SJU 7-2, DePaul 6-3. Away Record: SJU 0-2, DePaul 3-3. Neutral Record: SJU 2-2, DePaul 0-2. Conference Record: SJU 0-3, DePaul 1-3. Series Record: St. John's leads, 17-14.

GAME NOTES: The St. John's Red Storm and the DePaul Blue Demons will go head- to-head on Tuesday evening in a battle of Big East Conference competitors at Allstate Arena.

The Red Storm is still in search of its first conference victory, as a three- game losing streak since the league schedule began has dropped the team to 9-6 overall. They have only played two true road games, but fell in both. St. John's will start a three-game homestand next against Providence.

As for DePaul, it will be attempting to build upon its first league win of the campaign after it topped Butler in two overtimes last Thursday, 99-94. The victory ended a three-game losing streak for the Blue Demons, who are hovering just above the .500 mark on the season (9-8). They will visit sixth-ranked Villanova next.

St. John's has dominated DePaul of late, with wins in eight straight meetings. The recent success has lifted the Red Storm to a 17-14 edge in the all-time series.

Villanova was St. John's most recent opponent, and the Wildcats prevailed in a 74-67 decision. The Red Storm led 33-31 at halftime, but shot just 35.5 percent from the floor in the second half on their way to the home loss.

D'Angelo Harrison (18.7 ppg), who is fourth in the Big East in scoring, tallied 22 points in the loss to Villanova. Although it came in defeat, the effort was a welcome improvement for the 6-foot-4 guard, who netted just four points on 1-of-12 shooting in a 77-60 loss to Georgetown in the previous game. The Red Storm are not fortunate enough to have many other scorers though, with JaKarr Sampson (11.9 ppg, 6.8 rpg) the only other player averaging in double figures. Chris Obekpa (3.3 ppg, 5.6 rpg, 4.1 bpg) may not add much in scoring, but he is a strong defender in the post, ranking second in the nation in blocked shots.

DePaul was trailing Butler by 11 points late in the second half, but the Blue Demons ripped off an 11-0 run in the final minutes of regulation to force overtime. They nearly pulled off the win in the first extra session, but a last-second floater from Butler's Jackson Aldridge extended the game. The Blue Demons scored the first five points in the second overtime to pull ahead for good.

For the Blue Demons, the duo of Cleveland Melvin (16.6 ppg, 6.5 rpg) and Brandon Young (14.3 ppg, 4.1 apg) leads the way. Melvin is a strong scorer who can get his shot off in the paint, but he is also comfortable with stepping out to knock down shots from beyond the arc. Young is not just skilled in scoring but in distributing, as he is among the top-10 players in the conference in assists. Billy Garrett (11 ppg, 3.4 apg) aids Young in the backcourt, but he is only shooting 34.2 percent from the floor. Tommy Hamilton (9.1 ppg, 5.2 rpg) shores up the frontcourt.

There are talented pieces on both sides of this matchup, but both teams have major flaws as well. On the road, the inconsistent Red Storm may not be able to connect on enough shots to knock off the Blue Demons.

Sports Network Predicted Outcome: DePaul 70, St. John's 67

01/14 10:33:31 ET

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Scoreboard
Local
Final
STJ 68
DUKE 77
Half
NCSU 42
ND 30
 
Final
CHI 84
MIA 96
Final
CLE 108
OKC 98
Half
NOP 61
DAL 56
 
Half
ORL 49
IND 51
 
Half
PHO 57
LAC 55
 
Half
ATL 61
MIN 47
 
1st
TOR 16
DET 9
 
1st
SAN 12
MIL 13
 
8:00pm Tonight
GSW
BOS
8:00pm Tonight
DEN
WAS
9:30pm Tonight
LAL
HOU
Final
UCONN 66
SFLA 53
Final
GT 62
BC 64
Final
VT 47
UVA 50
Final
OSU 82
IND 70
Final
UCF 46
CIN 56
Final
WICHS 74
DRAK 40
Final
STJ 68
DUKE 77
Final
MAR 73
FAIR 67
 
Final
HART 61
MAINE 70
 
Final
MAN 71
MON 64
 
Final
PRIN 96
ROWAN 48
 
Final
SIENA 55
PETE 69
 
Final
RIU 53
BONA 48
Final
BING 54
USB 61
 
Final
MLOWELL 50
VERM 61
 
Final
BUT 77
SHU 57
Final
SALA 55
YALE 72
 
Final
PITT 68
LOU 80
Final
ILLST 53
NIOWA 54
Final
GTDNS 69
UMBC 55
 
Final
IONA 87
NIAG 64
 
1st
TENST 25
BEL 16
 
Half
NCSU 42
ND 30
 
1st
VILL 15
CREI 4
 
7:30pm Tonight
MD
NW
8:30pm Tonight
UTAH
WASH
2nd Intermission
TEAMFOLI 8
TEAMTOEWS 11
 
8:15pm Tonight
CARTER
IRVIN