Big East Conference
Big East commissioner John Marinatto said Thursday that three officials “voluntarily” withdrew themselves from this week’s tournament at MSG following a blown call uproar. The Post paints a different picture, reporting that the refs “were told to put away their whistles.”
By now you have probably seen the play a dozen times. Justin Brownlee of St. John’s picks up the loose ball, up two, with a few seconds left in the game and steps out of bounds. But there’s a much bigger issue to be looked at here.
Jim Boeheim certainly hasn’t forgotten that magical game at MSG two years ago. Neither have Kris Joseph, Rick Jackson and the rest of the Syracuse players who were on the floor that night. How could they? How could anybody?
Kemba Walker hit the winning basket on a classic stepback jumper at the buzzer, and No. 21 Connecticut stunned third-ranked Pittsburgh 76-74 in the quarterfinals of the Big East tournament on Thursday.
After a controversial ending on Wednesday, St. John’s is moving on to battle Syracuse today for a trip to the semifinals. I had the chance to speak with the St. John’s coaching staff regarding their scouting report and what they’ve been talking about before the big game.
After a colossal missed call that cost the Scarlet Knights their chance at beating St. John’s on Wednesday, Jim Burr, Tim Higgins and Earl Walton have voluntarily pulled themselves from the Big East Tournament.
Man, last night was tough to watch…Jim Burr, Tim Higgins and Earl Walton made a mockery of officiating and the Knicks have made a habit of faltering late in the fourth quarter.
By virtue of a Jan. 12 victory over the Red Storm at MSG, Syracuse earned the final double-bye in the Big East Tournament. St. John’s, meanwhile, has a short turnaround following Wednesday’s controversial 65-63 victory over 13th-seeded Rutgers.
Soon after St. John’s escaped with a 65-63 victory over Rutgers thanks to officiating issues in the last minute the league issued a statement acknowledging mistakes were made.
Kemba Walker scored 28 points in another stellar performance, and Connecticut remained alive in the Big East tournament with an easy 79-62 second-round victory over Georgetown on Wednesday.
Despite playing a fair amount of its games at MSG, St. John’s hasn’t had much of a home-court advantage during the Big East tournament in recent years. Based on its play in Manhattan this season, that could change.
How dare I forget the magical month of March. It really is embarrassing, shameful even. This is the time of year that college basketball players live for.
When Steve Lavin’s St. John’s team takes the court against Rutgers at MSG this afternoon it’s going to be electric.
Rutgers head coach Mike Rice joined Joe Benigno and Evan Roberts on Wednesday morning to break down the Scarlet Knights’ early success in the Big East Tournament.
Swoon? What swoon? Syracuse point guard Scoop Jardine and the rest of the No. 11 Orange have forgotten all about an uncharacteristic skid that began in mid-January and sent them from No. 3 to No. 17 in a span of two weeks.
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