Georgetown Hoyas at St. John’s Red Storm

Georgetown Hoyas Preview

The Georgetown Hoyas enter with a three-game losing streak and a 2-6 record in the Big East, although one of those victories was an 87-66 decision at home against St. John’s on Jan. 8. Poor defense has plagued the Hoyas in conference, where they allow 44.2 percent shooting overall, 38.6 percent from 3-point range and 74.9 points per game.

Defense, though, wasn’t an issue against the offensively-challenged Red Storm, with the Hoyas coming up with 10 steals, seven blocks and a plus-seven rebounding edge in the first meeting. Mac McClung burned St. John’s for 24 points and is averaging 18.0 points in league play. The Hoyas have lost their past four road games, averaging just 61.3 points per game.

St. John’s Red Storm Preview

The St. John’s Red Storm aren’t fun to play against, with first-year coach Mike Anderson importing his “40 minutes of Hell” style from Arkansas and having his team leading the Big East in steals (10.5 per game) and turnover margin (plus 5.3). The issue in losses — and the Red Storm are just 2-7 in league play — has been offense.

They are 0-8 this season when they fail to score at least 70, and they are shooting a woeful 30.2 percent from 3-point range, relying on their defense to set up easy baskets in transition. LJ Figueroa averages a team-best 15.1 points per game, with Mustapha Heron at 13.7. St. John’s is looking to improve to 3-2 at Madison Square Garden this season.