5 Reasons St. John's Will Make a Deep Run in the NCAA Tournament This Season

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5 Reasons St. John's Will Make a Deep Run in the NCAA Tournament This Season
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Steve Lavin has had an up-and-down three seasons as head coach of St. John's. When Lavin was hired in April 2010, he made an immediate impact in the merciless Big East. A Cinderella-story 2010 season put the Red Storm back on the map and into the NCAA Tournament.

The program took a tough step backward in 2011 when Lavin was diagnosed and sidelined with prostate cancer. The team was without Lavin for all but four games that season, and finished with a subpar 13-19 overall record.

After a successful recovery, Lavin came back to work in 2012, albeit without the programs top overall player and current Orlando Magic small forward Maurice Harkless. With once academically ineligible JaKarr Sampson and rim-protector Chris Obekpa filling the void in the frontcourt, the Johnnies returned to an above .500 record in 2012 and an NIT appearance

In 2013, the Johnnies have a deep, experienced roster to work with and have a chance to make some serious noise at Madison Square Garden. The new Big East is here, and St. John's is prepared to head back to the big dance. 

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