The highly anticipated showdown between arguably the nation’s two most talented rosters should come down to a battle of toughness and outside shooting.
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.”
We were all set for a crazy couple of weeks following St. John’s in the NCAA Tournament. Whoops. The Johnnies tapped into their inner Norm Roberts, upended by Gonzaga on Thursday night.
Marquise Carter scored a career-high 24 points, lifting 11th-seeded Gonzaga to an 86-71 victory over sixth-seeded St. John’s on Thursday night in the first round of the NCAA tournament.
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.