St. John's vs. Rutgers
When: Thursday, November 19, 2015 7 p.m. ET
Where: Carnesecca Arena, Jamaica, New York
Where to Watch: Fox Sports 1
After wins over Wagner and UMBC, Chris Mullin and St. John's will face a young Rutgers team in their first game before heading to Hawaii for next week's Maui Invitational.
Federico Mussini (18.0 points) leads the Red Storm in scoring through two games but Durand Johnson and Ron Mvouika will be key tonight after coming off strong performances against UMBC. The graduate students played excellent down the stretch against UMBC (coming up with clutch plays on both ends of the floor) and will look to build on that performance against a team with a similar unproven backcourt.
Rutgers, who is coached by Eddie Jordan, slots in at 207 in the latest KenPom rankings after victories over Rutgers-Newark (by 13) and Howard (by 12). Freshman Corey Sanders and former JUCO big man Deshawn Freeman are the top scorers for the Scarlet Knights at 15 points per game apiece.
Felix Balamou is eligible after sitting the first two games but it is unknown how many minutes he will play tonight. Malik Ellison is out with a foot injury, according to the New York Post.
Will the Johnnies be able to limit their turnovers against Rutgers press?
Who will start in place of Ellison?
How does Yankuba Sima and Christian Jones play against Freeman?
Will Johnson and Mvouika build on their strong outings versus UMBC?