It's been a long and winding road for Steve Lavin's class of seniors, but their patience and hard work is being rewarded tonight. The St. John's Red Storm, missing from the NCAA Tournament since Steve Lavin's first year in 2011, are expected to be chosen as an at-large team tonight when the NCAA Tournament Selection Show airs at 6:00 PM on CBS nationally.
For people on campus, there is an on-campus viewing party in the D`Angelo Center.
Rumble in the Garden will have quick-analysis coverage this evening, and deeper looks at the Tourney path for the Johnnies this week.
The Red Storm finished the season 21-11, 10-8 in the Big East - good enough for fifth in the ten-team conference. Wins over Xavier, Providence, Georgetown, along with the strength of the Big East, likely solidified the Red Storm's chances at the end of February.
St. John's, once in ninth place in the Big East Conference, awaits their seeding and placement. Pundits have had them anywhere from a 7-seed to a 10-seed, with the 7- and 8-seed lines being most likely.
The 7-seed would offer better hope; if St. John's receives an 8-seed, their first game would be against a 9-seed and the second would be against one of the top four seeds in the tournament. The #1 seeds include undefeated Kentucky, a deep roster filled with NBA first-round talent.
Additionally, Steve Lavin is slated to be on SB Nation's livestreamed coverage tonight - which we will link to in our other posts this evening.