Thursday, January 16, 2014
When: 7:00 PM Eastern
Providence Friars (11-5, 1-2 Big East) at St. John's Red Storm (9-7, 0-4 Big East)
Pomeroy Rank: Providence: 65 | St. John's: 66
Carnesecca Arena (Capacity: 5,602)
Where: Queens, NY
TV: Fox Sports 1 | Fox Sports Go online
Announcers: Justin Kutcher + Ron Thompson
Radio: Bloomberg 1130
Line: 4, St. John's
At 0-4, St. John's is in dire straits. The fans are irate, with some calling for Lavin's job, while Lavin continues to search for answers, giving God`sGift Achiuwa and Max Hooper - normally deep on the bench - major minutes against DePaul in the second half.
The NY Post got some quotes from around college basketball about the Johnnies' struggles, with Doug Gottlieb questioning their talent/ basketball skill, and their point guard play. ESPN's Seth Greenberg agrees.
"I don’t think you have a great decision-maker," Greenberg said. "A guy who will facilitate and make a play when the opportunity presents itself, that has the trust of his teammates."
We will see how the decisions look as the point guards get more experience. Depth was a strength coming into the season, but depth seems to have bred confusion.
Providence is very tall, and St. John's will need to be stronger on the boards than they were against DePaul, a team that grabbed over 40% of their own misses for second shots and attempts at the rim.
Kadeem Batts (6'9") is an active big man with a mid-range jumper; Bryce Cotton, aka "Ice", is a cold-blooded scorer and shooter who has shown some ability as a passer with sophomore point guard Kris Dunn finished for the season with an injury. Tyler Harris (6'9") of Long Island is long and active, despite not being a great finisher; Carson Desrosiers is a seven-footer who blocks shots and rebounds.
The game is winnable for the St. John's team people thought they would see this season.
Can the current Johnnies, reeling from losses, pull a victory out?
- Game Preview: Providence vs. a St. John's team in need of a win
- St. John's experiencing déjà vu - losing streaks
- St. John's at DePaul final: DePaul outlasts St. John's, 77-75
- Time machine: St. John's continues to handle DePaul - but the Demons have gotten close
- St. John's vs DePaul pregame stat keys: turnovers, getting to the rim is key
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