With No. 4 Michigan on an prolonged pause attributable to COVID-19 precautions and No. 5 Houston falling on Wednesday to lowly East Carolina, any doubt about Villanova’s standing because the nation’s third-best crew behind Gonzaga and Baylor gave the impression to be dissipating. However that may have modified Wednesday because the No. 3 Wildcats ran right into a defensive buzzsaw at St. John’s and dropped a 70-59 choice for his or her first loss since Nov. 28.
The Wildcats (11-2, 6-1 Huge East) entered because the Huge East’s leaders in 3-point taking pictures share however hit simply 8-of-30 from lengthy vary and dedicated 17 turnovers whereas struggling to cope with the defensive strain utilized by St. John’s (12-7, 6-6). That strain led the Crimson Storm to their fifth straight win on Wednesday.
Reigning Huge East Freshman of the Week Posh Alexander led the St. John’s with 16 factors and he hounded Wildcats star guard Collin Gillespie all night time, limiting him to 4 factors on 2-of-12 taking pictures. Alexander is the Huge East’s chief in steals at 2.7 per recreation and the younger star racked up one other three towards the Wildcats. His steal and dunk with 6:49 remaining put St. John’s up 58-41 and successfully ended the Wildcats’ possibilities of a comeback.
It was simply Villanova’s fourth recreation again following an prolonged pause attributable to COVID-19 points, and the sport got here in an unfamiliar venue. St. John’s usually hosts the Wildcats at Madison Sq. Backyard, however for the primary time since 1994, they met at Carnesecca Area. Villanova was the highest-ranked crew to play on the Crimson Storm’s on-campus enviornment in over 40 years, and St. John’s made certain it was an evening to recollect. The Crimson Storm at the moment are 2-5 in Quad 1 video games and will count on a pleasant bump of their NET rating tomorrow after getting into the night time ranked No. 82.