Today, in the first game After Sima (i.e., after Yankuba Sima's transfer from the St. John's program), the Red Storm take on the LIU Blackbirds, a team that reconstructed itself on the fly, but return two solid, though undersized, big men.
This afternoon's game in Brooklyn - just blocks form the LIU campus - is a chance for the Johnnies to solidify the play that has earned them a three-game winning streak, and a chance to work out a few more kinks before stepping up in talent class (taking on Penn State and Syracuse before conference play).
Will St. John's overlook the Blackbirds?
Will Chris Mullin be able to motivate his squad to put a beating on the local squad?
Who: St. John's Red Storm (5-5) vs LIU Brooklyn Blackbirds (6-3)
What: Brooklyn Hoops Winter Festival
When: Sunday, December 11th, 12:00 PM ET
Where: Barclays Center, Brooklyn, NY
TV: Fox Sports 1 or Fox Sports Go