Saturday, March 3, 2012
W2W4: St. John's at Rutgers
By Kieran Darcy
Here are three things to watch for when St. John's (13-17, 6-11 Big East) takes on Rutgers (13-17, 5-12 Big East) Saturday night at the Rutgers Athletic Center in Piscataway, N.J.
Tip-off is at 8 p.m., and you can watch the game locally on MSG, or via ESPN3.
WHAT'S AT STAKE: This is the very last game of the Big East regular season to tip off. The winner of this game will be the No. 11 seed in the Big East tournament, while the loser will be the No. 12 seed. Both teams will have to play a first-round game on Tuesday -- the No. 11 seed will play Villanova at 9:30 p.m., while the No. 12 seed will play Pittsburgh at 2:30 p.m.
KEEP AN EYE ON: St. John's star forward Moe Harkless, who injured his right ankle in the Red Storm's 89-69 loss at Pitt on Wednesday night. Harkless has been pronounced ready to go, but let's see if he's hampered at all by the injury. St. John's will have a hard time beating anybody without Harkless at full strength. He's the team's second-leading scorer (15.2 ppg) and leading rebounder (8.5 rpg), a prime candidate for Big East Rookie of the Year.
ALSO KEEP AN EYE ON: Rutgers forward Dane Miller, who has been reluctant to shoot for most of the season, but has really come on of late. The talented junior, who is averaging 7.9 points and 6.6 rebounds per game, had a team-high 21 points and 10 rebounds in a win over Seton Hall last Saturday, and followed that up with 16 points and nine rebounds in a loss to Villanova two nights ago. When Miller is aggressive on offense, Rutgers is a much more dangerous team.