St. John’s, UConn meet in conference play

St. John’s (9-4, 1-1) vs. UConn (10-4, 1-2)

Harry A. Gampel Pavilion, Storrs, Connecticut; Wednesday, 8:30 p.m. EST

BOTTOM LINE: Big East foes meet as St. John’s matches up against UConn. Each program is coming off of a road loss on Saturday. UConn lost 90-87 in overtime to Seton Hall, while St. John’s fell 83-73 at Providence.

SQUAD LEADERS: UConn’s R.J. Cole has averaged 16.2 points and 4.6 assists while Andre Jackson has put up 7.4 points and 7.9 rebounds. For the Red Storm, Julian Champagnie has averaged 19.1 points and 6.9 rebounds while Posh Alexander has put up 14.5 points, 4.5 assists and 2.2 steals.

KEY FACILITATOR: Cole has had his hand in 45 percent of all UConn field goals over the last three games. Cole has 16 field goals and 19 assists in those games.

PASSING FOR POINTS: The Huskies have recently used assists to create buckets more often than the Red Storm. UConn has 47 assists on 78 field goals (60.3 percent) over its past three outings while St. John’s has assists on 47 of 85 field goals (55.3 percent) during its past three games.

DID YOU KNOW: Both St. John’s and UConn are ranked at the top of the Big East in terms of scoring. The Red Storm are ranked first in the conference with 82.4 points per game while the Huskies are second at 79.9 per game.


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