Wednesday, November 19th, 2014
When: 7:30 PM Eastern
St. John's (2-0) vs Long Island University Blackbirds (0-0)
Pomeroy Rank: St. John's: 40 | LIU-Brooklyn: 305
Carnesecca Arena (Capacity: 5,602)
Where: Queens, NY
Radio: WNYM 970
St. John's vs LIU on TV/ Radio
Tonight's game will be produced by SJU-TV, with Jonathan Yardley and former St. John's guard Tarik Turner on the broadcast.
On radio, the game will be on WNYM 970 AM and on RedStormSports.com with play-by-play by John Minko and analyst Brandon Tierney.
As part of the NIT Season Tip-Off, St. John's will take on Long Island University, a fairly familiar foe - St. John's is 9-3 overall against the Blackbirds.
The Red Storm face one more opponent before going into the bracketed rounds of the NIT Season Tip Off, hoping to knock off Minnesota next Wednesday at 7:00 PM Eastern and then face the winner of Georgia/ Gonzaga next Friday.
But first, one more tune-up.
Scouting St. John's
Despite D`Angelo Harrison currently playing like a player who can do it all on the floor, St. John's is adjusting to a different set of personnel. Not that anyone who plays regularly is new - besides possibly Christian Jones, thrust into a heavier role - but the Red Storm no longer have bog forwards to help protect Chris Obekpa.
And when Obekpa gets into foul trouble, the Johnnies' defense becomes a lot less threatening.
St. John's is looking for a fast start, looking to take their opponent seriously, and looking to start solving the conundrum of how they play without Obekpa on the floor. (And even with him on the floor, figuring out how to mark and shut down three-point shooters.)
With no Jason Brickman - the stellar four-year point guard who sported some of the highest assist rates in the country - the LIU Blackbirds start over. They have some length in Nura Zanna, some returnees in Gerell Martin and Landon Atterberry - but not even they know quite what they're going to look like tonight.
Expect lots of newcomers, expect a player to get hot against St. John's in the first half, and expect... the unexpected.
What are your predictions for tonight's score?
Which guard will lead St. Joh's in rebounds?