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Opponent scouting: a look at upcoming competition

St. John’s faces a warm-up before possibly two major conference teams next week. How have those teams performed?

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Oregon State head coach Wayne Tinkle.
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Our full preview of Nebraska is coming in the next day; but until then, let’s take some time to look at some other future St. John’s opponents.


The Nebraska Cornhuskers have looked competent on defense in their early games against Eastern Illinois and North Texas. On offense, however, the Huskers have looked to attack inside the arc, which has drawn them free throw attempts... but they are shooting 43% inside the arc.

St. John’s faces Nebraska tomorrow.


Molloy is 0-2, after losing to a pair of opponents in their division (Division II) at the College of St. Rose Tip-Off Tournament last weekend in Albany.

St. John’s faces the Molloy Lions on Monday.

Oregon State

Oregon State is 1-1 after falling at home to Wyoming Cowboys at home in Corvallis. The Beavers were behind at the half, and took the lead once more - only to give up the lead and fall nine points short. Their interior defense and outside shooting look vulnerable.

St. John’s faces Oregon State next Thursday in Orlando.

Missouri/ Long Beach State

Missouri is 2-0 on the season, despite only two minutes played by star freshman recruit Michael Porter, Jr. His younger brother, Jontay Porter - who graduated early to play in college with his older sibling - has played well, however, providing strong rebounding and inside/ outside shooting - Marvin Clark II’s mirror image, perhaps?

Canisius transfer Kassius Robertson has also been strong for the Tigers, who dismantled Iowa State and blew out Wagner at home.

Long Beach State - the other potential opponent on Day 2 of the Advocare Tournament - is also 2-0, with a home win against Division II San Francisco State and a surprising home win over the University of San Francisco (who are without the services of star wing Charles Minlend with an injury).

Next week: a longer look at the Advocare Tournament opponents, plus a catch-up on the teams St. John’s will face in December.