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.