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St. John’s Storms To No. 25 In Coaches Poll

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Paris Horne #23 of the St. John's Red Storm celebrates the win with teammate Justin Brownlee #32 against the Duke Blue Devils at Madison Square Garden on January 30, 2011 in New York City. (Photo by Nick Laham/Getty Images)

Paris Horne #23 of the St. John’s Red Storm celebrates the win with teammate Justin Brownlee #32 against the Duke Blue Devils at Madison Square Garden on January 30, 2011 in New York City. (Photo by Nick Laham/Getty Images)

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NEW YORK (WFAN/AP) – After downing ranked opponent after ranked opponent, St. John’s is finally back in the Top 25.

Upsets over Marquette and Pittsburgh last week paved the way for Steve Lavin’s Red Storm to rise all the way to #25 in the USA Today/ESPN Coaches Poll.

We are building our resume, our body of work, or as they say, an argument to the selection committee,” Lavin told WFAN’s Evan Roberts on February 11. “Here’s what we have going for us, we have the number one or number two strength of schedule in the country.”

This current team has turned Madison Square Garden into a house of horrors for highly ranked teams.

The latest of the Red Storm’s five wins over teams regarded as the best in the country was a heart-stopping, come-from-behind thriller over Pittsburgh that had the players thinking of joining the ranks of the ranked themselves.

“I can’t wait,” St. John’s forward Justin Burrell said after beating Pitt. “It’s been a long four years without that number. We deserve to see that number.”

Though the Johnnies cracked the Coaches Poll, it’s been just over a decade since St. John’s was last in The Associated Press poll.

St. John’s has beat Georgetown, Notre Dame, Duke and Connecticut, all big wins in the eyes of the NCAA tournament selection committee.

The Red Storm are looking for their first bid since 2002.

Are the Johnnies a lock to make the NCAA Tournament? Sound off in the comments below!

Coaches Poll
Rank School Votes Prev Rank
1 Duke 25-2 746 (19) 5
2 Kansas 25-2 708 (1) 1
3 Ohio State 25-2 699 (4) 3
4 San Diego State 27-1 672 (3) 6
5 Texas 23-4 667 2
6 Pittsburgh 24-3 664 (4) 4
7 Brigham Young 25-2 593 8
8 Purdue 22-5 562 11
9 Notre Dame 21-5 506 7
10 Arizona 23-4 461 13
11 Georgetown 21-6 437 9
12 Wisconsin 20-6 428 10
13 Florida 21-5 397 15
14 Villanova 21-6 377 14
15 Connecticut 20-6 312 12
16 Louisville 20-7 278 16
17 Texas A&M 21-5 254 17
18 Vanderbilt 20-6 242 18
19 North Carolina 20-6 236 19
20 Syracuse 22-6 183 20
21 Missouri 21-6 161 21
22 Kentucky 19-7 134 22
23 Utah State 25-3 109 24
24 Temple 21-5 85 25
25 St. John’s 17-9 73 NR

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