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St. John's joins Big East elite right on time

Posted on: February 26, 2011 4:49 pm
 
Dwight Hardy was onunstoppable at Villanova

Posted by Eric Angevine

I'll be honest here. I thought Steve Lavin might get St. John's back to .500 in Big East play this season; give the most New York of college hoops teams a good foundation to build on as the recruits poured in.

He's done me several digits better on that prediction. After garnering a huge 81-68 road win at Villanova, the Red Storm are 11-5 in the Big East, on an inside track to lock down one of the four double-byes in the Big East tournament, which is played in their house. Sound preposterous? It's not. The Johnnies end their regular season with winnable games at Seton Hall and home against South Florida.

Emerging superstar Dwight Hardy earned a new career high with 34 points with a balanced approach, hitting 9 of 17 from the floor, 11 of 13 at the line, and 5 of 9 from deep.

In fact, the entire Red Storm team more or less out-'Nova'd 'Nova in the first half, roaring out to a quick 18-4 lead to open the game on a flurry of made three-pointers. As the game wore on, more of the action took place inside the arc, where D.J. Kennedy's 14 boards were nearly double what any other player on either team contributed.

Throughout, the Johnnies displayed poise and patience, resetting the offense at times in the second half when offensive rebounds gave them second and third chances. It was no surprise to see St. John's score successfully on runouts, but the newfound ability to get gritty and hold on for a win against a determined opponent says a great deal about how this team has grown over the past month.

The conversation surrounding Steve Lavin has evolved at light speed. It went from "Is he too rusty?" to "Can he recruit?" to "Can he win a few Big East games?" to "Is this team going to get a top-four seed in the NCAA tournament?" in one season. After this big road win, doubters will be very difficult to find.

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Since: Dec 9, 2009
Posted on: February 28, 2011 11:25 am
 

St. John's joins Big East elite right on time

based on thir play against top 15 teams, they deserve a 2 or 3 ... if they win the big east they are a lock for a 3-4. The only people they havent convinced that they're one of the best 10 or 15 teams in the country are those who believe the name of a school is as important as their on-court performance (including a majority of voters and fans).



Since: Jan 13, 2011
Posted on: February 27, 2011 11:30 am
 

St. John's joins Big East elite right on time

Timing is everything when leagues race to get as many teams in the Dance as possible. We see this in every conference this time of year. The locks suddenly lose to bubble teams that should have no chance of winning, i.e. Col v Texas, VT v Duke. It's big business and just as in real life, independents and small business/leagues get squeezed out.  



Since: Jan 13, 2011
Posted on: February 27, 2011 11:30 am
 

St. John's joins Big East elite right on time

Timing is everything when leagues race to get as many teams in the Dance as possible. We see this in every conference this time of year. The locks suddenly lose to bubble teams that should have no chance of winning, i.e. Col v Texas, VT v Duke. It's big business and just as in real life, independents and small business/leagues get squeezed out.  



Since: Dec 3, 2006
Posted on: February 26, 2011 9:58 pm
 

St. John's joins Big East elite right on time

HEY BIGWOOD--  St Johns Will NOT get a 4 seed BUT --Let me correct your UCLA assessment of game v. st Johns---  The REFS won that game for UCLA-- St johns kept beating Ucla ..Then Refs .. started with phanthom fouls, violations ,illegal screens & put Ucla on the line 42 times Compared to St Johns 7... Are YOU serious ???.. Even the Coaches couldn't keep straight faces when asked about it post game... SO-- NO-- UCLA doesn't deserve a 4 seed ... BUT NICE win v.Overrated Arizona today-- Now --Have a Great Day & get some rest!!!



Since: Oct 10, 2006
Posted on: February 26, 2011 9:27 pm
 

St. John's joins Big East elite right on time

Great stroy here - but the question is can they rebuild in a hurry for next year? Very senior laden roster.



Since: Jul 29, 2009
Posted on: February 26, 2011 8:09 pm
 

St. John's joins Big East elite right on time

if  st Johns gets a top 4 seed, the UCLA deserves one as well for their play the last 12 games including a win over that rat Lavin.




Since: Dec 9, 2009
Posted on: February 26, 2011 5:27 pm
 

St. John's joins Big East elite right on time

"Is this team going to get a top-four seed in the NCAA tournament?"
They've earned one... Have been playing like a top-10 team for the last two months. 


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