St. John's will travel to Brooklyn to face longtime local rival St. Francis Terriers on December 15th, per the NY Post. And a bonus for the Brooklyn and Manhattan fans - the game will be played in the Barclays Center, the Brooklyn Nets' new Arena in the Atlantic Center/ Downtown Brooklyn, as part of a tripleheader called Brooklyn Hoops.
The other games will be Michigan vs West Virginia and Princeton vs. Fordham.
In the past ten years, the Red Storm have gone 6-1 against the Terriers of Brooklyn, losing only in 2004 on the night Alumni Hall was renamed Carnesecca Arena.
Former St. John's assistant coach Glenn Braica has a chance to play a marquee opponent in a semi-home setting, though one would think the site would be deemed neutral for ticketing purposes. Current St. John's head coach Steve Lavin gets a chance to take the show on the road and see how the Johnnies draw in Brooklyn; with a deep history in New York City, the Barclays Center's location allows the Red Storm to better cultivate Brooklyn fans.
The Barclays center has been making moves to fill its nights with basketball, with the LIU Blackbirds calling the arena a second home, non-conference December matchups, and the Atlantic 10 Tournament all scheduled to be hosted at the intersection of Flatbush and Atlantic. And a second session of Brooklyn Hoops will feature Seton Hall vs Long Island and Manhattan College vs. South Carolina.
The Red Storm, coming off of a 13-19 season, hope to rebound with sophomore improvements from the core of their roster and help from the incoming recruits. St. Francis was 15-15 overall, with a 12-6 record in the Northeast Conference.