The early talk from the Johnnies is about understanding that they can be better than they have shown.
“I think we matured a bit,” Justin Simon said. “We’ve always been capable of playing this type of defense. We have the length, the size, the athleticism. We just upped the level of alertness.”
That’s true, but sometimes, it’s easier to be alert when a team is willing to run.
Can the Johnnies put up a dominating effort against Providence, a team that makes each possession about as fun as a trip to check gutters or a rainy walk to the bus stop at rush hour?
It’s a big game.
Let’s keep the comments clean and not take shots (veiled or otherwise) at each other.
Who: St. John’s Red Storm (17-6, 5-5 Big East) vs Providence Friars (13-10, 3-7 Big East)
Where: Madison Square Garden
When: Saturday, February 9th, 12:00 PM
TV: CBS Sports Network | CBS Sports Online [Link to come]
Audio: 570 WMCA | TuneIn Radio
Odds: St. John’s, -7
Last meeting: St. John’s fought a good fight, even getting crucial minutes from walk-on Justin Cole with Shamorie Ponds out with an injury, but fell 61-57 in Providence. The Johnnies also lost to Providence to start Big East play last season, kicking off an 11-game losing streak.