The first meeting this season between St. John’s and Villanova produced an instant classic, a back-and-forth battle betwween the teams ending when Phil Booth had the final say in the closing minutes in a 76-71 Wildcats victory.
The return leg at Madison Square Garden could deliver similar fireworks. St. John’s needs to firm up its NCAA Tournament resume with a win, and Villanova needs a win to maintain a 1-game lead in the Big East Conference title race.
Booth and Shamorie Ponds are having outstanding seasons as the lead guards on their respective teams, and Jay Wright and Chris Mullin boast a solid supporting cast to their stars.
Villanova fans are sure to pack MSG as normal, which could negate the Johnnies’ home court advantage. Let’s see if they can continue to make MSG one of the best home-away-from-homes in college basketball.
Matchup: #13 Villanova Wildcats vs. St. John’s Red Storm
Venue: Madison Square Garden (New York, N.Y.)
Time: 5:00pm ET
Live Stream: Fox Sports GO
Odds: Villanova -2
Villanova Club Gamewatches
Pregame Meetup: Legends NYC, 6 West 33rd Street, New York, NY, 2:30 p.m. (EST)
Prior to tipoff, mix and mingle with Villanova alumni and fans. Food and drink specials available. All alumni, parents and friends are welcome!
Los Angeles: The Garage on Motor, 3387 Motor Ave, Los Angeles, CA
Northern California: Pete’s Tavern, 128 King St, San Francisco, CA
Orange County: Fashion Island Hotel – Pool Bar, 690 Newport Center Dr, Newport Beach, CA
Palm Beach: Duffy’s - North Palm Beach, 11588 US-1, North Palm Beach, FL
South Florida (Broward): Duffy’s - Coconut Creek, 4800 W Hillsboro Blvd, Coconut Creek, FL
South Florida (Brickell): Batch Gastropub, 30 SW 12th Street, Miami, FL
Tampa Bay (Sarasota): Gecko’s Grill & Pub, 5585 Palmer Crossing Circle, Sarasota, FL
Tampa Bay (Tampa): Duffy’s - Tampa, 1580 N. Dale Mabry Hwy Tampa, FL
Atlanta: Hudson Grille Sandy Springs, 6317 Roswell Rd NE, Sandy Springs, GA
Boston: Warehouse Bar & Grille, 40 Broad Street, Boston, MA
Twin Cities: McCoy’s Public House, 3801 Grand Way, St Louis Park, MN
Jersey Shore (Rumson): Surf BBQ, 132 E River Rd, Rumson, NJ
Jersey Shore (Sea Girt): Rod’s Olde Irish Tavern, 507 Washington Blvd, Sea Girt, NJ
Northern (Hoboken): Mills Tavern, 125 Washington St, Hoboken, NJ
Southern (Mount Laurel): Miller’s Ale House, 554 Fellowship Rd, Mount Laurel, NJ
Long Island: Repeal, 55 New Hyde Park Rd, Garden City, NY
New York City: Brazen Fox, 106 3rd Ave, New York, NY
NC Triangle: Tobacco Road Sports Cafe, 505 W Jones Street, Raleigh, NC
Main Line: PJ Whelihan’s, 4803 West Chester Pike, Newtown Square, PA
Philadelphia: Field House, 150 Filbert Street, Philadelphia, PA
Charleston: Mac’s Place, 215 E Bay St #100, Charleston, SC
Low Country: The Dry Dock, 840 William Hilton Pkwy, Hilton Head Island, SC
Drink That Guarantees The W: TBD
Coming back from out of town and arriving just at tip-off - I don’t know what my house holds for me!