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College basketball preview: Notre Dame at St. John’s

When: 7 p.m. today

Where: Madison Square Garden, New York

Records: No. 20 Notre Dame 14-2, 2-1 Big East; St. John’s 9-7, 1-3

TV: ESPN2

Radio: 1480 AM

Notre Dame leaders: Jack Cooley (15.1 ppg); Cooley (11.1 rpg); Eric Atkins (7.1 apg)

St. John’s leaders: D’Angelo Harrison (20.6 ppg); JaKarr Sampson 6.8 rpg); Phil Greene IV (2.9 apg)

Key matchup: Two guards could play the biggest factor in deciding tonight’s game. Harrison, a 6-foot-3 sophomore, is second in the Big East in scoring and leads the Red Storm in steals with 29. Notre Dame’s Jerian Grant, a 6-5 junior, is the Irish’s second-leading scorer, averaging 12.6 points, and he is second on the team in steals with 18.

The skinny: The Irish slid three spots in the Associated Press Top 25 after their 65-58 loss to Connecticut on Saturday ended their 12-game winning streak. … The Red Storm lost its last two games, falling 58-56 to Rutgers on Wednesday and 67-51 to Georgetown on Saturday.

tkrausz@jg.net

– Tony Krausz, The Journal Gazette

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