To update the previous post about the Advocare Invitational Tournament in Orlando: St. John’s will face Oregon State at 2 pm on Thanksgiving (Thursday, November 23) in ESPNU, and play next on Friday morning or early afternoon against either Long Beach State or Missouri.
If the Red Storm win, they will play the 11:00 AM game on ESPNEWS; if they fall in their opener, they’ll face the LBSU/ Mizzou loser at 1:30 PM on ESPN3.
On the other side of the bracket, UCF faces Nebraska and West Virginia faces Marist.
Judging by the bracket, St. John’s is the third or fourth-seeded team in the tournament, though the “home” team looks to be the weaker of the two options throughout the bracket.
The bracket means that the Johnnies are less likely to face Nebraska twice; Nebraska comes to Carnesecca Arena for a Gavitt Games matchup. (The Gavitt Games schedule the ten Big East teams against one of ten selected Big Ten teams.)
We talked about Oregon State earlier this week, and mentioned that Missouri could be one of the year’s most intriguing teams, with an NBA-level talent coming in as a freshman and a new coach. St. John’s, of course, has a pair of excellent sophomores in Shamorie Ponds and Marcus LoVett, plus a number of new options that will hopefully help improve the win total.
Chris Mullin’s team should have solid chances to notch wins that will look good when the postseason selection process begins in March.