MIAMI, FL — No. 1 Villanova, No. 2 Virginia and No. 3 Purdue will all feature in the college basketball AP Top 25 schedule on Wednesday night.
The top-ranked Wildcats (22-1, 9-1 Big East) will play host to St. John’s at Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia, a game that is available live on CBS Sports Network, starting at 7:00 pm ET.
Villanova, which is on a nine-game winning streak and is coming off victories over Creighton and Seton Hall last week, will be without junior forward Eric Paschall for tonight’s game due to a concussion, but freshman Jermaine Samuels is available to play after missing some ten games.
Samuels had been out since December 27 with a broken bone in his left hand.
Meanwhile, St. John’s (11-13, 0-11) enters this game on a high after stunning the No. 9 Duke Blue Devils 81-77 at Madison Square Garden on Saturday.
The Red Storm come into this game with a 0-11 record in conference play.
Shamorie Ponds, who has tallied a combined 64 points against Duke and Xavier, will be one of the featured players to keep an eye on for St. John’s.
Second-ranked Virginia will take on Florida State at Donald L. Tucker Center in Tallahassee, Florida.
The game is scheduled to go off at 7:00 pm and is live on ACC Network Extra.
The Cavaliers grabbed wins over Louisville, 74-64 at home before stifling Syracuse’s defense for a 59-44 win.
Third-ranked Purdue (23-2, 12-0 Big Ten) will battle with No. 14 Ohio State (20-5, 11-1).
The Boilermakers have won 19 straight games after adding a pair of wins last week over Maryland and Rutgers.
Elsewhere, No. 25 Miami (17-5, 6-4 ACC) will entertain Wake Forest at Watsco Center in Coral Gables, Florida, No. 7 Texas Tech (19-4, 7-3 Big 12) will seek to join Kansas at the Big 12 standings, while No. 8 Auburn (21-2, 9-1 SEC) hosts Texas A&M and No. 23 Nevada (20-4, 9-1 MW) welcomes UNLV.