W2W4: St. John's vs. Villanova

Here are three things to watch for when St. John's (8-10, 2-5 Big East) takes on Villanova (9-10, 2-5 Big East) on Saturday afternoon at Madison Square Garden.

Tip-off is at 1 p.m., and the game will be televised on ESPNU.

FUN FACT: These two teams will be meeting for the 105th time on Saturday -- Villanova is the most frequent opponent in St. John's basketball history. The Red Storm had lost six straight to the Wildcats before beating them 81-68 in Philadelphia last Feb. 26, when Villanova was ranked No. 14 in the country.

HARD TIMES: Neither team is anywhere near the Top 25 at the moment, tied for 12th in the conference standings. St. John's is desperate for a win, having lost three in a row and five of six, capped off by a 64-49 blowout loss at South Florida on Wednesday.

D'Angelo Harrison is coming off two sub-par games, with just 13 points combined against Georgetown and USF, making just 3 of 19 attempts from the field and struggling with foul trouble. St. John's will need a stronger game from Harrison, the team's second-leading scorer (14.6 ppg) to knock off Villanova on Saturday.

THE OTHER SIDE: Villanova is coming off an 84-76 home win over Seton Hall on Wednesday, but has had a disappointing season so far. The Wildcats, picked to finish eighth in the league in the preseason, have not finished under .500 in the Big East since 2003-04, Jay Wright's third season at the helm.

Six-foot-two junior guard Maalik Wayns leads Villanova in scoring (18.2 ppg), and is on a tear of late, with 25 points against Seton Hall and a career-high 39 against Cincinnati in the team's past two games. But in the game before that, he scored just three points against Syracuse.

Villanova is No. 11 in the nation in rebounds per game (40.2), and No. 8 in free throw percentage (76.4). But the Wildcats are ranked No. 311 in steals per game (4.9) and No. 301 in turnover margin (-2.7).