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Game thread: St. John’s vs Rutgers Scarlet Knights

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The first major conference foe, an old rival, a road game... this is the game where the rubber meets the road

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How well can this team share the ball? How much will the lack of size hurt St. John’s?

All these questions and more will be answered as the Red Storm take on Rutgers, a team that either has had a wonderfully fluky performance or — and this is more likely — is less inept than pundits thought they would be this season.

This is, of course, a good thing; the Red Storm’s schedule looked to be fairly weak, and a stronger Rutgers team will pay benefits one way or another at the end of the season. But for St. John’s, the goal is a win, and a strong one, at that, to help bolster postseason credentials.

Game information

Who: St. John’s Red Storm (2-0) vs Rutgers Scarlet Knights (2-0)

Where: Rutgers Athletic Center (8,000 capacity)

When: Friday, November 16, 7:00 PM

TV: BTN | BTN2Go (Corey Provus, Jon Crispin)

Audio: 970 WNYM | TuneIn Radio

Odds: St. John’s by -2.5

Last meeting: It was unofficial, but St. John’s lost to Rutgers at the RAC last season, 80-78. St. John’s is 7-3 in the teams’ last 10 meetings, with five of those games being decided by three points or fewer.

Tonight, we want to see:

  • A big performance from LJ Figueroa and Mikey Dixon
  • Strong rebounding from Justin Simon
  • A cohesive, turnover-forcing performance

Who do you think will be the leading scorer for the Red Storm?