Xavier travels to a red-hot St. John’s team in a critical matchup

Xavier Musketeers guard C.J. Wilcher (0) shoots a 3-pointer over Connecticut Huskies forward Isaiah Whaley (5) in the second half of the NCAA men's basketball game on Saturday, Feb. 13, 2021, in Cincinnati.

With the most critical portion of the season still ahead for the Xavier University men's basketball team, Tuesday's trip to Queens, New York, to meet St. John's at Carnesecca Arena is a game the Musketeers can't afford to overlook.

As it stands right now, thanks to a recent surge from the Red Storm, Tuesday's game (8:30 p.m. on Fox Sports 1) is a Quad-1 opportunity with St. John's ranked 73rd in the NET rankings, and Xavier (11-3, 4-3 Big East Conference) only holds one Quad-1 win this season over Oklahoma. 

"St. John's is the hottest team in our league," Xavier Head Coach Travis Steele said Sunday in his pregame press conference, roughly 24 hours after his team lost at home to UConn. "They're 6-1 in their last seven games."

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