St. John's-Villanova, Temple-East Carolina, La Salle-George Washington: Wednesday's local college basketball


Updated: Tuesday, February 6, 2018, 11:51 AM

B.J. Tyson (21) is East Carolina’s leading scorer.

St. John’s (11-13, 0-11 Big East) at Villanova (22-1, 9-1)

Wednesday, 7 p.m., at the Wells Fargo Center

TV: CBS Sports Network

Radio: 610 WIP-AM

Livestream:,, TuneIn Radio app

Coaches: Jay Wright, 17th season at Villanova (407-162); Chris Mullin, 3rd season at St. John’s (33-56).

Series: St. John’s leads, 59-57.

Last meeting: Donte DiVincenzo scored 25 points and the Wildcats overcame a 37-point output from Shamorie Ponds to defeat the Red Storm, 78-71, on Jan. 13 at Madison Square Garden.

The latest: The Wildcats won their ninth straight game Sunday, 92-76 over Seton Hall. … DiVincenzo, a redshirt sophomore, has averaged 22.3 points in four games against St. John’s. He has scored a career-high 25 points twice versus the Red Storm. … Villanova’s average scoring margin of 18.7 points is fourth in the nation. … The Red Storm is coming off an 81-77 upset of No. 4 Duke on Saturday. … The 6-foot-1 Ponds, only the 10th player in St. John’s history to reach 1,000 career points in his second season, is second in the Big East in scoring (20.3 points per game) and first in steals (2.6) and minutes played (36.2).

La Salle (10-13, 4-6 Atlantic Ten) at George Washington (9-14, 2-8)

Wednesday, 7 p.m., at Smith Center, Washington

TV: NBC Sports Philadelphia

Radio: None

Livestream:, Tune-In radio app.

Coaches: John Giannini, 14th season at La Salle (209-220); Maurice Joseph, 2nd season at George Washington (29-29).

Series: George Washington leads, 21-18.

Last meeting: La Salle shot 61 percent from the field and made 11 three-point baskets in a 79-69 victory on Jan. 15, 2017 at Tom Gola Arena.

The latest: The Explorers committed only two turnovers in an 81-78 home victory Saturday over St. Joseph’s and outscored the Hawks 19-2 in points off turnovers. … Pookie Powell handed out 11 assists and did not commit a turnover. … Freshman Jamir Moultrie had a career-high six three-pointers in the game and is shooting 48.8 percent from behind the arc. … The Colonials, who dropped an 87-58 decision at home Saturday to Davidson, have lost four straight and eight of nine. … They have struggled offensively, ranking near the bottom of the conference at 63.9 points per game and 42.7 percent shooting from the floor.

East Carolina (9-13, 3-8 American) at Temple (13-10, 5-)

Wednesday, 7 p.m. at the Liacouras Center


Radio: 1210 AM


Coaches: Fran Dunphy, 12th season at Temple (243-146, 553-309 overall); Mike Perry, interim coach at ECU (7-9, 69-84 overall).

Series: Temple leads, 4-3.

Last meeting: Kentrell Barkley scored 26 points and had 16 rebounds to lead East Carolina past Temple, 80-69, in the opening round of the 2017 American Athletic Conference tournament.

The latest: The Owls (13-10, 5-6) received 18 points from Nate Pierre-Louis and a career-high 10 assists from Shizz Alston Jr. in a win at Tulane. Temple has won three straight and five of its last six games. The Owls are a game out of fourth in the AAC. They have scored 80 points in three straight games for the first time since November 2016. East Carolina (9-13, 3-8) beat Memphis to break a three-game losing streak. The worst three-point-shooting team in the nation made 11 of 24 from long range against Memphis. Senior guard B.J. Tyson leads four Pirates in double-digit scoring at 14.3 ppg. Junior guard Isaac Fleming is second in the AAC with 5.0 assists per game.


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