St. John's vs. Seton Hall
When: Sunday, February 21, 2016 at noon ET
Where: Madison Square Garden, New York, NY
How to Watch: FOX Sports 1
How to Listen: 570 WMCA
The Johnnies finally snapped a 16-game losing streak with a win over DePaul at Carnesecca Arena on Wednesday. Now, they will look to make it two in a row while possibly putting a major question mark on Seton Hall's NCAA Tournament resume.
Back at the end of January, the Johnnies traveled to Newark and were dominated, 79-60, by the Pirates, who out-classed the road team on the boards. Kassoum Yakwe and Christian Jones had no answer for the physicality of Angel Delgado and Ismael Sanogo and Yankuba Sima was inactive because of a broken thumb. Isaiah Whitehead, Khadeen Carrington and Desi Rodriguez made plays in transition and continually beat the Johnnies' guards off the dribble.
The Red Storm will have to gang rebound, play strong defense (similar to the way they played on Wednesday) and knock down some open threes from the perimeter if they have a shot of pulling off the upset. Chris Mullin's unit will need to get out to a quick start and more importantly, the Johnnies cannot let Whitehead and Delgado take over the game.
Yakwe and Malik Ellison have really improved since the last meeting and Mussini is playing less minutes, so maybe the Johnnies are finding the right combinations that could keep this game close at home.
Will Sima have an impact on the glass? Can Felix Balamou also pull down some critical boards?
Do the Johnnies play with extra confidence following the DePaul win or will they have a complete letdown at home?
It's tough to guard these Pirates man-to-man as they create mismatches at almost all positions. Will Mullin implement a zone defense or maybe even pressure Whitehead and company?