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NYC College Hoops Tour Continues: Hello, St. John’s!

So far, we've checked out St. Francis's Peter Aquilone Court, Long Island U's Wellness, Recreation and Athletic Center, a doubleheader at the Garden, Fordham's Rose Hill Gym, Manhattan College's Draddy Gymnasium, and the nightmare that was Wagner's Spiro Sports Center. Tonight, our NYC College Hoops Tour continues in Jamaica: It's time for some St. John's Red Storm basketball!

Tonight, at 7:30 p.m., we will watch an epic Big East Conference matchup. It's the St. John's Red Storm, 15–11 and 5–9 in the Big East, hosting the Marquette Golden Eagles, 17–8, 8–6 in the conference. It's a huge game for Marquette: They're currently a projected No. 11 seed in the NCAA tourney, which puts them awfully close to the bubble. A loss to St. John's could pop that bubble, or push them off the bubble — whatever you do with the bubble.

Meanwhile, St. John's is thirteenth in the conference and not in any danger of the bubble anytime soon. But they have been playing better lately and need all the momentum they can for a huge game at the Garden on Saturday against Pittsburgh.

Oh, yes, the Garden: Because we've already seen St. John's win there this season, we're seeing the ol' Carnesecca Arena tonight. The game is on MSG, so if you see us, wave.

It's the next to last game of the season for us: We wrap it all up this Saturday with Princeton at Columbia. As always, we simulated the game, though, unfortunately, NCAA Basketball 2010 on the PS3 does not have the former Alumni Hall, so we had to play at the Garden. The Red Storm won, though, 79–67, thanks to 25 points and fourteen rebounds from Sean Evans. Our video game is often wrong, though, as you might have noticed.

But yes: tonight, Marquette at St. John's. Carnesecca Arena. Be there, or something.

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Photo: Will Leitch, off his television.