St. Johns vs Georgetown, @ Madison Square Garden (1/3/2011, 7pm).Coach Levin hopes to keep the Red Storm's four-game winning streak alive when they face-off against #9 Georgetown tomorrow night at Madison Square Garden. St. John's four game winning streak includes wins verse Providence, Northwestern, and West Virginia. St. John's leading scorer, senior guard Dwight Hardy, started the season off slowly, but has picked-up his scoring since his team lost a debacle of a game to Fordham. He recently said in an interview that his "team is coming together, and playing the way they expected to at the start of the season."
Confidence doesn't seem to be a problem for the Red Storm, but they'll have their hands full trying to contain Austin Freeman and Jason Clark, the two leading scorers for the Hoyas; and both of them are very dangerous from 3-point land, particularly Freeman, who shoots a little better than 48% when shooting the long ball. The three-ball also happens to be the Red Storms biggest weakness defensively, as they are dead last in the Big East in defending the 3-ball, giving up nearly 38% shooting.
Neither team is particularly good at rebounding, but both teams are very active, and manage to score their points in bunches. Georgetown is the less selfish of the two teams, and a big reason for that is the play of senior guard Chris Wright, who although not a great shooter, has excellent court vision, and can get hot from the field as well.
Prediction: Georgetown 80-74