Virginia star Joe Harris. - Peter Casey-USA TODAY Sports
The Red Storm, having clinched a winning record, look to move one step closer to New York City and the NIT finals.
St. John's has known that the next opponent was the Virginia Cavaliers. They just didn't know WHEN the game was. Late Wednesday night, the NIT announced the game time; St. John's will travel to Charlottesville's John Paul Jones arena for an ESPN-televised 11:00 AM tip off against the ACC team, the top seed in the Red Storm's bracket - and possibly in the whole NIT.
It might be the little dance but the goal is the same - survive and advance to the Final Four.
Virginia defeated 8-seed Norfolk State by a score of 67-56 to move on to the next round. St. John's knocked off host Saint Joseph's 63-61 with a Sir`Dominic Pointer buzzer beater to take the road win as the 5-seed.
The Cavaliers are 22-11 overall and finished 11-7 in conference. Despite wins over Duke and Wisconsin, the Cavs also sported losses to Florida State, Wake Forest, Delaware, 5-25 Old Dominion, and more, making them to most volatile of bubble teams.
Led by 6-6 wing Joe Harris, coach Tony Bennett's team is known to play a deliberate, defense-oriented style.
More on the matchup in the coming days from the Rumble as the postseason rolls on for the Red Storm.