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St. John's Vs. Marquette: Streaking Red Storm Play At Golden Eagles

(Sports Network) -- The St. John's basketball program is clearly on a roll, as the Red Storm carries plenty of momentum into tonight's Big East Conference battle (9 p.m. on ESPNU) with the Marquette Golden Eagles at the Bradley Center in Milwaukee, WI.

On Sunday, St. John's (15-9, 7-5 Big East) managed to edge the Cincinnati Bearcats on the road by a 59-57 final, marking the fourth win for the squad in the last five outings -- also during the span, the Red Storm beat the No. 5 Duke Blue Devils, Jan. 30, and the Connecticut Huskies, last Thursday. St. John's leading scorer, senior guard Dwight Hardy, is playing tremendous right now. On Feb. 6, Hardy scored 32 points against UCLA Bruins, then last Wednesday against UConn he netted 33. Hardy is currently averaging 16.6 points per game, while teammate senior forward Justin Brownlee is second-best with 12.6 ppg. The Red Storm are averaging 69.4 ppg and are holding opponents to 66.5 ppg.

Losses in two of the last three outings have Marquette (15-10, 6-6) trying to right a wondering ship. On Sunday, the Golden Eagles fell to Georgetown, 69-60. Marquette, which has lost all six league contest by single digits, is 12-2 at home this season. Through 25 outings, Marquette is scoring 77.8 ppg while allowing 68.6 ppg to opponents. Junior guard Darius Johson-Odom paces the club with 16.2 ppg. Teammate senior forward Jimmy Butler adds 15.2 ppg and 6.3 rebounds per game to the mix, while junior forward Jae Crowder provides 13.0 ppg and 6.6 rpg.

Marquette owns a 13-5 series advantage over St. John's, which includes 11 consecutive wins over the Red Storm.