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Steve Lavin will try to coax a win out of his young team in their first test against a ranked team in Madison Square Garden, where magic happened for them last year.
Steve Lavin will try to coax a win out of his young team in their first test against a ranked team in Madison Square Garden, where magic happened for them last year.

Game discussion for the 2K Sports Classic at Madison Square Garden - Mississippi State vs. Texas A&M early, and St. John's vs. Arizona late. In case anyone wants to get talking about the first game of the 2K Sports Classic/ Coaches vs Cancer doubleheader early, I'm opening this game thread for comments. I'll be watching Mississippi State/ Texas A&M, and the St. John's/ Arizona game, obviously.

Tonight's game should be revealing for both teams. Arizona fans think St. John's is going to win; St. John's fans think Arizona's going to win. Arizona has a big front line, but some turnover problems; St. John's causes turnover problems but has a weak front line. Two sides of a coin.

Will St. John's recapture last season's Garden magic?

What do you think? Pregame links, and a switched-at-birth photo, below the fold.

Our pregame links:

What to look for in the 2K Sports/ Coaches vs Cancer Classic - to prep you for all four games quickly.

For Lavin and St. John's, 2K Sports Classic has special meaning - Cancer and Steve Lavin have a long history - even longer than his recent prostate cancer scare.

Game 4: St. John's vs Arizona (Coaches vs. Cancer) - the full, comprehensive game preview, informed by tempo-free (advanced?) statistics.

5 questions with Arizona Daily Swarm - 5 questions with SB Nation's Arizona blog on the matchup, the Wildcats' inconsistencies, and the return of swingman and Swiss Army knife Kevin Parrom.

Speaking of Parrom, enjoy this separated at birth, below:

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That's the Wire's Tristan Wilds (he played Michael, one of the tweens introduced in Season 4; he's also Dixon on 90210) on the left. And that's Arizona's Kevin Parrom on the right.

(the photo is also on the Rumble in the Garden on Tumblr site - something new we're trying out)


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