Steve Lavin brought St. John’s back to respectability faster than even the most die-hard Red Storm fan could have hoped. Just as suddenly, it all came crashing down. “It was very silent after,” said senior Dwight Hardy, “and a lot of tears were shed.”
The only shooting for St. John’s senior D.J. Kennedy at this tournament involves a video camera. Asked about the significance of Kennedy’s absence from Thursday’s lineup, St. John’s coach Steve Lavin didn’t mince words: “A devastating blow.”
The NCAA tournament has a new look this year, with a 68-team bracket and a matchup of First Four teams vying for spots in the main draw. To get you ready for the main event, here’s a rundown of what to look for from the Tri-State locals and the national powerhouses.
Reports of Johan Santana’s cautious progress as he recovers from shoulder surgery should not be a dramatic surprise, nor should his current condition be discouraging.
St. John’s senior guard D.J. Kennedy tore the ACL in his right knee during the Red Storm’s Big East tournament loss to Syracuse. Following surgery, Kennedy’s recovery time could be between six and eight months.
Dwight Hardy scored 28 points and St. John’s rallied in the second half to beat Marquette 80-68 on Tuesday night, snapping an 11-game losing streak in the series.
Dwight Hardy scored a career-high 33 points and St. John’s topped No. 10 Connecticut, 89-72, on Thursday night, the Red Storm’s fourth win over a top-13 team this season at Madison Square Garden.
Eight days after a 15-point loss at Notre Dame, St. John’s beat the Irish 72-54 on Sunday at Madison Square Garden.
D.J. Kennedy scored 20 points off the bench and St. John’s defeated Wagner 69-61 on Wednesday night.
D.J. Kennedy scored 18 points to lead St. John’s to a 79-66 victory over Columbia on Wednesday night, giving coach Steve Lavin his first win with the Red Storm.
Steve Lavin doesn’t look much different than he did when he left coaching college basketball seven years ago to become a TV analyst.