NIT-time! Open game thread, St. John's vs Robert Morris

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Rysheed Jordan will not play tonight, tonsillitis. But St. John's should still roll Robert Morris. That, of course, is what we said during all of those early-season games against low-major teams...

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Teusday, March 18, 2014
When: 7:00 PM Eastern
Robert Morris Colonials (21-13, 14-2 NEC) at St. John's Red Storm (20-12, 10-8 Big East)
Pomeroy Rank: St. John's: 38 | Robert Morris: 185
Carnesecca Arena (Capacity: 5,602)
Where: Queens, NY
TV: ESPNU/ WatchESPN
Announcers: Dave Pasch + Tim Welsh
Radio: Bloomberg Radio 1130
Favorite/ Odds: St. John's/ 13.5

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You can't have a St. John's game without a little drama, right?

Rysheed Jordan will miss this evening's game with tonsillitis; no word on how long the Johnnies' dynamic scorer and facilitator will be benched by the throat problem. We'll all eat some ice cream in solidarity. If you're not up to speed, read out game previews - linked to the right (on desktop), below, or compiled in our St. John's NIT StoryStream.

Robert Morris
St. John's
Occasionally mistaken for
Robert Morris in Chicago, IL
St. John's University in Collegeville, Minnesota
Location
Pittsburgh, PA
Queens, NY
Distance between schools
337 miles
Longest winning streak
7
6
Longest losing streak
5
5

Click graphics below to embiggen - visual of winning + losing streaks, by game number.

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Robert Morris
St. John's
Games vs KenPom top-50
2
11
Wins over KenPom top-50 teams
0
2
Losses to KenPom sub-100 teams
9
1
Statistical strengths
Protecting the ball
Blocking shots
Stealing the ball
Protecting the ball
3-point shooting
2-point defense
Leading scorers
Lucky Jones (13.5)

St. John's should roll tonight... right?

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