St John's vs. Saint Joseph's: Full Game Preview
|St John's||D Harrison 17.8||J Sampson 6.7||S Pointer 2.7|
|Saint Joseph's||C Jones 14.5||R Roberts Jr. 8.4||H Kanacevic 3.6|
No. 5-seeded St. John's matches up against No. 4-seeded St. Joseph's (PA) in the first round of the NIT at Hagan Arena on Tuesday. Tipoff occurs at 7 p.m. ET and you can catch it on ESPN U.
The Red Storm were defeated by Villanova 66-53 on Mar. 13 despite 16 points from Phil Greene IV. He is averaging 9.8 points and 2.8 rebounds per game. For the Hawks, Langston Galloway put up 25 points in the 82-79 loss to Virginia Commonwealth on Mar. 15. He is averaging 13.7 points per game in addition to a team-best 1.4 steals per game.
St. Joseph's (PA) StatSmack
- Since 1998, St. John's has recruited more Top 50 high school players than St. Joseph's (eight vs. zero).
- The Big East has had eight more Final Four teams than the A-10 over the past 10 years.
- The Big East has had a better winning percentage in the NCAA Tournament over the past 10 years (61.5 vs. 45.0).
- St. John's has a stronger schedule than St. Joseph's this season (SOS Rank: No. 23 vs. No. 94).
- The worst team in the Big East has a higher RPI than the worst team in the A-10 (No. 203 vs. No. 220).
- The Big East lost fewer non-conference blowout games than the A-10 (two vs. 12).
- St. John's has a much better NCSA Academic Ranking than St. Joseph's (No. 68 vs. No. 110).
- The Big East has 2 teams - Notre Dame (17.3) and Pittsburgh (16.7) - that average more assists per game than the A-10 leader, Virginia Commonwealth (15.0).
- St. Joseph's has been ducking St. John's for over 30 years.
- The top-ranking players between the two conferences for rebounds, field goals made, assists, steals, and blocks are in the Big East.
- The Big East has had 45 more NCAA Tournament teams than the A-10 over the past 10 years.
|B-||Phil Greene IV||33||10||3||3||1||0||1|
|B||R. Roberts Jr.||31||12||9||1||1||1||2|