Right now, St. John’s is about to step onto the court at the HP Field House, a small venue near Orlando, knowing that their coach and their program needs wins. There is some level of pressure; losses in this tournament aren’t damning, but they would be deflating.
The first opponent in the Advocare Invitational is the Oregon State Beavers. They have a lot of size with forward Tres Tinkle and big man Drew Eubanks, plus the brothers Thompson in the backcourt.
Today, we see whether the Johnnies can impose chaos and frustration on the Beavers like they did to Nebraska. The stifling defense is key in this game, but if St. John’s finally dusts off a 40-minute offensive performance including sharp shooting... this game could be a blast to watch.
“Everything we do, going back two years, has always been geared towards winning. I’m not here recreationally. I swim for recreation.” -- Chris Mullin on winning mindset this year. #sjubb— Zach Braziller (@NYPost_Brazille) November 22, 2017
Right now, Missouri is in the winner’s bracket, winning 95-58; St. John’s hopes to join them.
Who: St. John’s Red Storm (4-0) vs. Oregon State Beavers (2-1)
What: First Round of 2017 AdvoCare Invitational
Where: HP Field House, Kissimmee, Florida
When: Thursday, November 23nd, 2:00 PM ET
Audio: 970 AM WNYM; TuneIn Radio
Last Meeting: St. John’s outlasted Oregon State 66-63 in the 2001 Great Alaska Shootout.