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St. John’s to face West Virginia next season

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The Red Storm add a formidable home opponent to their slate next season.

NCAA Basketball: Big 12 Conference Tournament-Texas Tech vs. West Virginia Amy Kontras-USA TODAY Sports

The Big East and Big 12 will have a non-conference challenge next season. Sometime in December, the Red Storm will face West Virginia at home (likely in Madison Square Garden). The full set of matchups, per Dallas News:

  • Marquette at Kansas State —Dec. 1, 2019
  • Kansas at Villanova — Dec. 15, 2019
  • Oklahoma at Creighton — Dec. 18, 2019
  • Texas at Providence — Dec. 21, 2019
  • Butler at Baylor
  • Seton Hall at Iowa State
  • Georgetown at Oklahoma State
  • Xavier at TCU
  • Texas Tech at DePaul
  • West Virginia at St. John’s

Given a schedule that is said to include hosting America East champion (and annual top-three AEast squad) Vermont, and a matchup against two of Massachussetts, Virginia, or Arizona State, along with a likely Gavitt Games matchup against a Big Ten team, the schedule is shaping up to be stronger than last season’s slate.

For their part, the West Virginia Mountaineers could be a test of St. John’s ability to function under pressure, if the Mountaineers can find guards to execute their style. Three West Virginia players were kicked off the team, and a fourth may opt for the professional ranks.

In a season of tumult, West Virginia went 14-20 in the regular season, but played in the CBI, finishing 15-21 overall.