Here are three things to watch for when St. John's (2-2) faces Holy Cross (3-1) on Wednesday at Carnesecca Arena.
Tip-off is at 7:30 p.m., and you can watch the game locally on SNY, or via ESPN3.
BUSY BODIES: St. John's is playing its fifth game in nine days, and trying to rebound from back-to-back losses to Murray State (72-67) and No. 16 Baylor (97-78) at the Charleston Classic. The Red Storm had the Murray State game in their grasp and let it slip away late. And they actually hung with Baylor for most of the game as well, trailing by just one point with 6:40 remaining. But it's important for this young St. John's team to avoid a losing streak and get back in the win column.
It's the day before Thanksgiving, and it's a Patriot League opponent, but the Red Storm better be dialed in. It's an important game. (And Holy Cross has had a week off to rest and prepare.)
BIG SURPRISE: Everyone expected sophomore guard D'Angelo Harrison to have a big season, and he has delivered thus far, averaging 22.5 points per game.
But fellow soph Phil Greene IV has really opened eyes with his improved play. Through four games, he is averaging 14.5 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists -- excellent all-around numbers. He is coming off a career-high 24 points against Baylor.
Greene shot just 36.7 percent from the field as a freshman, but has upped that number to 45.3 so far. He says an undisclosed wrist injury hampered him last year, but the wrist is healthy now. If he can keep this up, St. John's will have one of the best backcourts in the Big East, even before adding Texas A&M transfer Jamal Branch in December.
THE CRUSADERS: Holy Cross was picked to finish fourth in the eight-team Patriot League in the conference's preseason poll. It's played four very close games thus far -- wins over Old Dominion (46-45), Morgan State (74-73) and Maine (57-54), and a loss to Texas-San Antonio (60-56).
The Crusaders have a balanced attack offensively, led by 5-foot-9 sophomore guard Justin Burrell, who's averaging 12.5 points per game. Also scoring in double figures are 6-foot-9 senior center Phil Beans (11.3 ppg, 6.3 rpg) and 6-foot-9 junior forward Dave Dudzinski (11 ppg, 8.8 rpg).
Holy Cross is shooting just 33.9 percent from the field as a team. That ranks them 342nd in Division I, out of 347 schools.