With anticipation for Chris Mullin's first season behind the bench reaching fever pitch, Red Storm faithful will be pleased to know that the times and broadcast information are finalized for the team's annual Red-White Scrimmage and exhibition games. ESPN3 will carry all three events live through its partnership with SJU-TV.
The Red-White Scrimmage, a longstanding tradition at the Jamaica, New York university, takes place at 12:30 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 31 at Carnesecca Arena. The intra-squad practice is free and open to the public for those wishing to attend in person.
The Red Storm's first exhibition game at The House That Lou Built tips off on Wednesday, Nov. 4 at 7 p.m., against St. Thomas Aquinas. St. John's defeated the Santa Paula, Calif. school last year in the preseason, 97-71. Even though it doesn't count in the standings, this game is the first opportunity to see the Red Storm's retooled lineup against outside competition.
SJU concludes the exhibition portion of its schedule with a Saturday, Nov. 7 tilt against Sonoma State for a 4 p.m. tip-off. Tickets to both exhibition contests are included in full season ticket packages.
While both opponents appear to be cupcakes, these games will be more important than usual for SJU with a brand-new coach on the bench and with what figures to be a completely new starting five. The exhibition slate gives Mullin an opportunity to get comfortable in his first-ever games as a head coach, while he evaluates his players in their first action against teams that don't pose much of a threat.
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