The St. John's Red Storm men's basketball team officially begins its 2015-16 campaign tonight with the annual Red Storm Tip-Off at Carnesecca Arena. The night, which promises to have "giveaways, thrills and surprises," according to St. John's, concludes with a set from hip-hop star Mac Miller.
The event kicks, err, tips off, at 7 p.m. on the Jamaica, New York campus. Head men's coach Chris Mullin, head women's coach Joe Tartamella, and both full squads will be introduced and will participate in on-court exhibitions. Expect the energy to be raucous as anticipation for both teams' seasons among the St. John's faithful is high.
One lucky fan will have the opportunity to win a 2016 Chevy Camaro in the big giveaway of the evening, while other promotions include chances to win free Qdoba for 20 people, Under Armour gear and more.
Here are the ticket details for the Tip-Off:
The Carnesecca Arena Ticket Office will open beginning at 9 a.m. on Friday Oct. 16 for students, alumni, season ticket holders, Red White members and 4 p.m. for general public. Student tickets are free with a valid StormCard, SJU Alumni, Season Ticket Holders and Red White Club Members are only $20 per ticket. The general public ticket allotment goes on sale at 4 p.m. and will be $35 per ticket (1 ticket per person) sold to only the first 400 fans. Doors open at 7 p.m. and attendance earns St. John's students +3 MVP points. The first 1,000 students to pick up tickets will receive a t-shirt courtesy of RedZone and will receive a light-up "Spirit Stick."
Miller, known for his hit songs "Donald Trump," "Knock Knock" and trio of chart-topping albums — most recently 2015's GO:OD AM — will entertain the crowd to finish the evening.
Despite being picked last in the Preseason Big East Conference Coaches Poll, rookie head coach Mullin shrugged it off saying he doesn't pay attention to any preseason polls and that he's more focused on his practice plans. Inheriting a roster of just three returning players who combined to average less than 4 points-per-game, Mullin is well aware of the work that needs to be done.
"They've all had their moments," Mullin said of his players at Big East Media Day. "I'm pleased with all of them. The only bad thing is they don't have experience. That's something we'll go through together."