St. John’s has, in conjunction with the Big East, released the full season schedule, which you can see here.
We’ve already broken down the non-conference schedule - the trips to the Bahamas for the Battle for Atlantis, the road games at Tulane and Minnesota, the trip to Syracuse. And we already know that St. John’s will play DePaul in the Big East’s all-day marathon, which will now be on January 16th, Martin Luther King’s birthday.
But what we now know, for Chris Mullin’s squad with a number of question marks to work out over the course of the year, is the shape of the schedule.
For a team like this, a favorable schedule could be one that features beatable opponents and home games early, and one that doesn’t have a short turnaround time before facing one of the league’s best teams. And for the fans, the ideal schedule features the Johnnies on accessible stations like FS1 or ESPN.
With that in mind...
Get your LIRR tix. St. John’s plays the following opponents at Madison Square Garden: Penn State (Sunday, December 18, 11:00 am); Villanova (Sat.. Jan 14, noon); Xavier (Sat. Jan. 29 at 6 pm); Marquette (Wed. Feb. 1 at 7 pm); Seton Hall (Sat. Feb. 11 at 12 pm); Georgetown (Sat. Feb. 25 at 12 pm); and Providence (Sat. Mar. 4 at 12 pm)
Leave work early? The non-conference games at Carnesecca are scheduled for 6:30 pm (except for Bethune-Cookman, which is To Be Determined for time): Mon. Nov. 14 against Binghamton; Tue. Nov. 29 against Delaware State; Mon. Dec. 5 against Cal State Northridge; Thu. Dec. 8 against Fordham.
in conference, St. John’s takes on Butler at Carnesecca Arena to open conference play on Thu. Dec. 29 at 7 pm. The other on-campus matchups are Creighton (Wed. Jan. 4 at 8:30 pm); and DePaul (Mon. Jan. 16 at 4:30 pm), the final Carnesecca game unless the team plays in the NIT or another postseason tournament.
Doubled-up road trips. St. John’s has three two-game road trips (though we assume they’ll come home between games) and two sets of consecutive home games. Those road tilts:
- At Xavier (Sat. Jan. 7 at 2:30 pm) and at Georgetown (Mon. Jan. 9 at 6:30 pm)
- At Seton Hall (Sun. Jan. 22 at noon) and at Providence (Wed. Jan. 25 at 6:30 pm)
- At Butler (Wed. Feb. 15 at 8:30 pm) and at Marquette (Tue. Feb. 21 at 8 pm)
The tough stretch? The most obviously tough stretch is playing Creighton at home on January 4, followed by two road games at Xavier and at Georgetown, and then Villanova at MSG, all in the space of 11 days.
On TV. St. John’s has all 31 games televised. Seventeen of 31 games on FS1, which is generally accessible. In Big East play, one game is on FSN (Fox Sports Regional, which is hard to get outside of the team’s market).
Three, maybe four (depending on scheduler’s choice for the finale against Providence) will be on FS2; two non-conference games and the February 1st Madison Square Garden game against Marquette.
But some, if not all of the Battle for Atlantis games will be on AXS TV, which many people do not get. The Gavitt Games matchup at Minnesota on Fri. Nov. 18 is on the Big Ten Network. The game at Tulane is on ESPN News (the Syracuse game is on ESPNU. Plus three Big East games are on the CBS Sports Network.