The Red Storm borrowed a couple of Pennsylvania natives and rounded out their 2007 recruiting class…
Preview: St. John's
Before you look at their record (5-9 in Big East play) and write them off as a surefire win, remember that St. John's comes into the contest on a roll, winners of three of their last four. Those wins were not over pushovers either, as the Red Storm took down Louisville at home and followed that up by going on the road to defeat Notre Dame and South Florida.
With their hopes of an NCAA Tournament run clearly gone, St. John's will look to play the role of spoiler the last two weeks with games against Marquette, Pittsburgh, and Syracuse.
Leading the way for the Red Storm is junior small forward D.J. Kennedy, who will enter the contest averaging 14.5 points per game, 6.4 rebounds, and three assists, all team-highs. The 6-foot-6 forward can hit from anywhere on the court and is the clear go-to guy for St. John's. A big key for Marquette will be shutting down Kennedy, who averages 15.2 points per game in wins, but only 13.4 in losses. Shut down Kennedy means shutting down St. John's.
St. John's also features a pair of guards who contributed this season in juniors Dwight Hardy and Paris Horne. The second and third leading scorers for the Red Storm will need to be covered closely on offense, as Hardy averages two three-pointers a game and shoots almost 40 percent from beyond the arc.
Horne has regressed from last year but still gives the Red Storm good experience and leadership on the court, and his long, 6-foot-3 body will be difficult for Marquette on the offensive end.
St. John's features eight players who average 19 minutes or more, meaning fresh legs will constantly be on the floor. Four of those players are forwards who average between six and seven points a game, so the production is spread out as well as the minutes.
Their offense is below average, shooting just 42 percent from the field and rarely getting to the free throw line. When they do draw fouls, they shoot juts 65 percent from the line, ranking second to last in the Big East behind only DePaul.
They do nothing extremely well but sit 11th or 12th in most statistical categories when compared with other Big East teams, but the fact they are at home means Marquette will not be able to sleep on the Red Storm.
MarquetteHoops.com Recommended Stories
Dr. Roto Video: Visionary Sleepers
The Kansas City Chiefs aren't exactly known for their passing attack; however, Dr. Roto does have a man-crush on one KC receiver in Week 8. Dwayne Bowe (pictured above) has yet to score a touchdown or…Read More
NCAA Up Next
CHAPEL HILL, N.C. — The Wainstein report released on Wednesday provided insight into the NCAA’s reopening of its infractions case at North Carolina this summer and also highlighted potential academic…Read More
6 Sports Records Made to Be Broken
Move over Manning—here's a list of the best individual sports records that are ripe for breaking.Read More
TBT: Pumpkin Carving With A Handgun
While many hunters are focused on pursuing big game in late October, it’s also time to make sure you’re ready for Halloween, and specifically trick-or-treaters. In this throwback Thursday video,…Read More
NFL WEEK 7: Cheerleaders Who Need a Hug
It's easy to smile when your team wins. Here's to those women who didn't have it so easy.Read More