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Men's College Basketball
Preview
Georgetown at St. John's
When: 12:00 PM ET, Saturday, February 28, 2015
Where: Carnesecca Arena, Queens, New York

Teetering on the edge of the NCAA Tournament picture for the past month, St. John's get a chance on national TV to boost its resume when its hosts rival Georgetown in a Big East contest on Saturday afternoon. With D'Angelo Harrison - a contender for conference player of the year - in sizzling form, the Red Storm have won two straight and five of their last six to state their case for a bid. St. John's has an RPI of 32 but was hammered at Georgetown just two weeks ago.

The Hoyas have won three straight and appear to be a lock for an at-large bid. With an RPI of 23, Georgetown just needs to avoid a collapse to return to the NCAA field for a 30th time. The Hoyas put all five starters in double figures in beating the Red Storm 79-57 in their last meeting and beat them up on the backboards 46-31.

TV: Noon ET, CBS

ABOUT GEORGETOWN (18-8, 10-5 Big East): Led by talented junior D'Vauntes Smith-Rivera, the Hoyas are tied for second in the Big East standings with a huge game against Butler up next. Smith-Rivera leads the team in scoring at 15.5 points and has increased his assists this season to 3.4 a game for the Hoyas, whose strength of schedule is ranked second in the country. Georgetown has won seven of the last eight meetings in the series and coach John Thompson III is 14-5 all time against the Red Storm.

ABOUT ST. JOHN'S (19-9, 8-7): While the Red Storm have been rolling lately and currently sit fifth in the conference, Saturday's contest is a crucial spot with games at Marquette and Villanova up next. Harrison is second in the Big East in scoring at 18.4 points, but he was 0-for-9 from the floor against the Hoyas in their first meeting of the season, scoring a season-low five points. Chris Obekpa seems to be out of coach Steve Lavin's doghouse, playing 33 minutes and grabbing six rebounds with five steals and four blocks last game.

TIP-INS

1. St. John's is 13-3 at home on the season.

2. Georgetown is second in the conference in rebounding while St. John's is eighth.

3. Hoyas C Joshua Smith has picked up at least four fouls in a game 15 times this season.

PREDICTION: St. John's 73, Georgetown 69
Stats and Records
Team Comparison
  W/L Strk Home Away Neutral Day Night Conf
Georgetown 18-8 W3 12-3 4-3 2-2 10-4 8-4 10-5
St. John's 19-9 W2 13-3 3-5 3-1 7-4 12-5 8-7
Last Meeting
Georgetown St. John's
Date Away Home Pts Reb FG% Pts Reb FG%
2/17/15 SJU 57 GTWN 79 79 42 48.3 57 26 32.8
Player Stats
Previous Matchup
Points Player Total FG% FTM
Georgetown I. Copeland 12 44.4 3
St. John's P. Greene IV 18 42.9 2
Rebounds Player Total Off Def
Georgetown D. Smith-Rivera 10 0 10
St. John's S. Pointer 8 5 3
Assists Player  
Georgetown D. Smith-Rivera 6
St. John's J. Branch 5
Season
Points Player Total FG% FTM
Georgetown D. Smith-Rivera 404 40.8 110
St. John's D. Harrison 515 42.6 146
Rebounds Player Total Off Def
Georgetown J. Smith 164 70 94
St. John's S. Pointer 212 56 156
Assists Player  
Georgetown D. Smith-Rivera 88
St. John's S. Pointer 81
Quickchart Matchup
Georgetown Off vs  St. John's Defense
71.8 Points For
66.0 Points Against
46.1 FG%
40.0 FG%
33.2 Reb
34.8 Reb
St. John's Off vs  Georgetown Defense
70.8 Points For
64.7 Points Against
44.6 FG%
39.6 FG%
34.8 Reb
28.6 Reb