St John's vs. Virginia: Full Game Preview
|St John's||D Harrison 17.8||J Sampson 6.6||S Pointer 2.8|
|Virginia||J Harris 16.7||A Mitchell 9.0||J Evans 4.9|
No. 5-seeded St. John's battles No. 1-seeded Virginia in the second round of the NIT at John Paul Jones Arena on Sunday. Tipoff occurs at 11 p.m. ET and you can catch it on ESPN. The Red Storm have not played the Cavaliers since the 2002-03 season, when they won 73-63.
In a 63-61 triumph over St. Joseph's (PA) on Mar. 19, JaKarr Sampson put up 16 points and five rebounds for the Red Storm. He is averaging 14.9 points per game and leads the team in rebounds with 6.6 per game. For the Cavaliers, Justin Anderson put up 15 points and five rebounds in the 67-56 win over Norfolk State on Mar. 19. He contributes 3.3 rebounds per game in addition to his 6.8 points per game. One category in which Virginia is especially proficient is defensive rebounding percentage at 72.6, ranking first in their conference (and 32nd nationally).
- The Big East had more close games in conference (so the games are more exciting to watch) than in the ACC.
- The St. John's basketball team finishes what they start, with a better graduation rate than Virginia (70 percent vs. 36 percent).
- St. John's waxed Virginia by 10 points the last time they played (Mar 24, 2003).
- The St. John's blocks leader (Chris Obekpa, 128 blocks) has more blocks than the Virginia blocks leader (Justin Anderson, 32 blocks).
- Diaper Dandies love St. John's. St. John's has recruited more McDonald's All-Americans out of high school than Virginia (13 vs. 10).
- The Big East has a better average team RPI than the ACC (68 vs. 86).
- You'll do better on next semester's exams, right? St. John's currently has a higher Academic Progress Rate (959 to 939) than Virginia, per the NCAA.
- The Big East has 2 teams - Notre Dame (1.57) and Pittsburgh (1.54) - that have a better assist-to-turnover ratio than the ACC leader, North Carolina (1.38).
- St. John's has a stronger schedule than Virginia this season (SOS Rank: No. 23 vs. No. 124).
- Chris Obekpa is ranked 1st nationally in blocks.
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