City Sports Report

Will St. John’s Make the NCAA Tournament? by Derrel “Jazz” Johnson

After a tough loss to Pittsburgh Sunday at Madison Square Garden 63-47, the St. John’s Red Storm fell to 8-7 in Big East Conference play. With road game against Providence and two against Top-25 teams in Notre Dame and Marquette, St. John’s may struggle to get to 10 conference wins or 20 wins before NCAA Tournament Selection Day, both barometers of making the field of 68. With D’Angelo Harrison, who has averaged 17.8 points a game this season, making the tournament would have been very tough, but with his recently announced suspension for conduct detrimental to the team, I see very little chance of the team making the Big Dance.

With about two weeks before the Big East Conference Tournament begins, the Red Storm may have to make a significant run in the tournament at Madison Square Garden against their rivals to cement an NCAA berth. The team has shown flashes during the season, none more impressive than their win over Notre Dame earlier this season, but their inconsistent play, combined with their poor shot selection at times, has combined to create a recipe for disaster in some games. Fans of the Red Storm hope they can pull it together in the next two weeks.

The Georgetown Hoyas, who are ranked seventh in the nation, sit at the top of the Big East at 12-3 and 22-4 overall. The Hoyas snapped a 38-game home winning streak by the Syracuse Orangemen over the weekend in front if a record-crowd of 35,012 with a 57-46 win. Led by Sophmore Otto Porter, who scored career-high 33 points at Syracuse, the Hoyas seem like a team that not only will go deep into the Big East tournament, but the NCAA tournament as well.

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