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If you didn't read it - here's the game preview from Rumble in the Garden: Game 19: vs Duke Blue Devils

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Red Storm Sports: St. John's Takes On No. 3/3 Duke In Sunday Showdown At The Garden - ST. JOHN'S UNIVERSITY OFFICIAL ATHLETIC SITE
Sunday's matchup features two of the NCAA's all-time most-celebrated collegiate basketball programs. Duke is the fourth-winningest all-time program with 1,931 victories; St. John's is seventh with 1,714. Duke has the fifth-best winning percentage all-time at .701; St. John's is ninth at .658. The two schools have 60 NCAA Tournament appearances between them (Duke 34, 7th; STJ 26, T-18th) in 208 combined seasons on the hardwood (Duke 105, STJ 103).

Johnny Jungle: Devil in the Gotham City
Upsets are built on seemingly improbable occurrences, on overachieving play, and on surprisingly good game plans. For the St. John’s seniors, this is the final chance to knock off Kyle Singler and his Duke teammates. This is a chance for a high-profile win. This is a marquee opponent, the kind of game they came to St. John’s to play. And the new staff may have some tricks up their sleeve to beat Duke. The eyes of the nation will once again be on the Red Storm. Can they deliver an upset?

NY Post: Johnnies need to 'bust' a move, and soon
This is the last of eight games against Top 25-ranked teams. The Red Storm are 2-5 in that stretch, which accounts for their high RPI (27) and strength of schedule (2). But those lofty numbers won't be of much help to the Red Storm if they don't stop the bleeding. This senior-laden team will never have a better opportunity to prove they're NCAA Tournament-worthy than with a victory today on national TV at what's expected to be a packed Garden. Watching film of the Georgetown loss delivered the message like a blast of Arctic wind.

NY Daily News: St. John's gets physical in preparation for matchup with No. 3 Duke
St. John's senior Justin Burrell got a fat lip at practice on Friday. Sophomore Malik Stith's lip was swollen and split. Senior Dwight Hardy had a sore knee from a collision. The first practice for the Red Storm (11-8) after losing to Georgetown and in preparation for Sunday's game against No. 3 Duke (19-1) at the Garden was a "buster," as former Purdue coach and current St. John's special assistant Gene Keady terms it. To everyone else, it sounds like a free-for-all. As Burrell said, "We literally were fighting for every play, every ball, every rebound. A couple guys have fat lips, got hit in the face, a couple guys got sore knees, got knees chopped going for boxouts. We really tried to get back to being the aggressive and physical team that we are."

ESPN NY: St. John's preps for Duke, but no players meeting
But, there has not been a players-only team meeting, as predicted by seniors Dwight Hardy and Justin Burrell after the Red Storm's 77-52 loss at Georgetown on Wednesday. "Technically we haven't had a players-only meeting with all of the players within one room," Hardy said on Saturday. "There's been communication between different groups with different guys talking about what we need to do in order to be successful for the rest of the season."


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