WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Here are three things to watch for when St. John's (10-14, 4-8 Big East) takes on No. 11 Georgetown (18-5, 8-4 Big East) on Sunday afternoon at the Verizon Center.
Tip-off is at 1 p.m., and the game will air on ESPN.
LAST CHANCE? St. John's is still searching for its first win against a Top 25 opponent this season -- the Red Storm are 0-9 against ranked teams, and this is the final one on the schedule, at least for the regular season.
These two teams played each other back on Jan. 15 at Madison Square Garden, with the Hoyas winning 69-49. The game was closer than the final margin indicates -- St. John's trailed by only three with 6:36 remaining -- but Hollis Thompson's 20 second-half points and Moe Harkless fouling out with 5:15 left were huge.
"There are plenty of positives to draw from that game," said St. John's interim coach Mike Dunlap on Friday. "They pounded us on the boards so obviously we know what to address with them."
BOUNCE BACK? St. John's is trying to rebound from back-to-back losses by more than 20 points, including their worst performance of the season, a 76-54 loss to Cincinnati at the Garden on Wednesday.
"Everybody's got to keep their heads up and don't let the misfortune get us down," said Moe Harkless on Friday. "We've got to keep playing hard and keep trying to win games."
Shooting guard D'Angelo Harrison shot just 1-for-12 in the first matchup back in January. "I don't think that's going to happen again."
THE OPPONENT: Georgetown, picked to finish 10th in the Big East this season, is instead tied for fourth with Louisville and South Florida. The Hoyas are coming off a very tough 64-61 overtime loss to No. 2 Syracuse at the Carrier Dome on Wednesday.
Three players average in double figures, led by 6-2 senior guard Jason Clark (15.0 ppg). He's followed by the 6-8 Thompson (13.6 ppg) and 6-10 Henry Sims (11.6 ppg).
Defense is this Georgetown team's calling card. The Hoyas are ranked 17th in the country in scoring defense (58.8 ppg), 18th in field goal defense (38.8 percent), and ninth in 3-point defense (27.9 percent).