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Villanova faces St. John’s in a Big East college basketball game at Finneran Pavilion in Villanova, Pennsylvania, on Tuesday, February 23, 2021 (2/23/21).

Fans can watch the game for free via a trial of fuboTV.

Here’s what you need to know:

What: Big East, College Basketball

Who: St. John’s vs. Villanova

When: Tuesday, February 23, 2021

Time: 8 p.m. ET

Where: Finneran Pavilion

TV: CBSSN

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Villanova had an easy fix for its recent defensive struggles — just practice it.

Collin Gillespie scored 20 points and Jeremiah Robinson-Earl had 17 points and 11 rebounds to lead the No. 10 Wildcats to a 68-60 victory over UConn on Saturday.

Justin Moore and Jermaine Samuels each added 11 points for the Wildcats (14-3, 9-2 Big East), who clamped down defensively in the second half.

James Bouknight, in his second game back after missing eight due to elbow surgery, scored 21 points for the Huskies (10-6, 7-6).

Villanova was coming off its worst defensive performance of the season in last Saturday’s loss at Creighton, a game in which the Wildcats gave up a season-worst 86 points while allowing the Bluejays to shoot 59% from the field. That defeat dropped the Wildcats five spots in the Associated Press Top 25.

With a week of practice to prepare for UConn, coach Jay Wright put most of the emphasis on defense.

“We didn’t allocate enough time to defense,” Wright said of previous sessions. “It shows what you emphasize, they’re going to be good at.”

It sure did.

The Wildcats held UConn’s star, Bouknight, to seven points in the second half as the Huskies shot 30% (8 for 27) from the field and committed seven turnovers after halftime. It took until 34.7 seconds remained for Bouknight to make a second-half field goal.

“They did a good job of loading up on whoever had the ball and trying to make plays,” Bouknight said. “They’re a very good team defensively. We were just a step slow, and we made too many mistakes.”

A projected first-round NBA draft pick this year, Bouknight had 18 points in 24 minutes in Tuesday’s 73-61 win over Providence in his return. He came out hot, scoring nine of UConn’s first 12 points and ended up with 14 in a competitive opening 20 minutes that ended with the Wildcats ahead 34-32.

Villanova kept UConn and Bouknight in check the rest of the way.

“They were really loading up to James,” Huskies coach Dan Hurley said. “The ball can’t just end up in James’ hands trying to bail us out. Collectively, we have to have a better approach.”

The Huskies went up 42-41 on Adama Sanogo’s basket from close range with 14:06 left. Villanova answered with 12 of the next 15 points, taking its biggest lead, 53-45, on Robinson-Earl’s elbow jumper with 7:42 to play.

And the advantage hit double digits, 57-47 with 4:25 left, on Moore’s dunk after an assist from Gillespie.

When the Huskies got close, Villanova always had an answer.

“This is one of the best teams in the country, the class of our league,” Hurley said. “Their mindset is championship level.”

(The Associated Press contributed to this report.)

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