Here are three things to watch for when St. John (3-2) faces Florida Gulf Coast (4-2) on Saturday at Carnesecca Arena.
Tip-off is at 7:30 p.m., and you can watch the game exclusively via ESPN3.
DON'T BE FOOLED: You may not be familiar with Florida Gulf Coast, but it's no patsy. FGCU made the Atlantic Sun championship game a year ago (in just its first year of eligibility), and returned all five starters from that squad. The Eagles have already pulled off one big upset this season, beating Miami (FL) by 12 points back on Nov. 13. And they played Duke tough at Cameron Indoor Stadium for most of the first half on Nov. 18, before eventually losing by 21.
BLOCK PARTY: St. John's freshman Chris Obekpa is currently third in the country, averaging 4.6 blocked shots per game. The two players ahead of him are both seven-footers: Arizona State's Jordan Bachynski (6.5 bpg) and Kansas' Jeff Withey (5 bpg). Obekpa stands just 6-foot-9, and he is coming off the bench right now, averaging just 24 minutes per game.
In two games at Carnesecca so far this season, Obekpa has 14 blocks -- a school-record eight against Detroit in the season opener, and six more against Holy Cross on Wednesday. Let's see how many he collects on Saturday.
SPEAKING OF RECORDS: Florida Gulf Coast coach Andy Enfield owns the all-time NCAA career free-throw percentage record. As a player at Division III Johns Hopkins in the late '80s and early '90s, Enfield drained 431 of 466 free throws, a 92.5 percent clip.
Enfield is in his second year at FGCU, after spending five years as an assistant coach at Florida State. Before that, Enfield had stints as an NBA assistant coach with both the Milwaukee Bucks and Boston Celtics, where he specialized in shooting instruction.