Red Storm G-F D.J. Kennedy
For the fourth time this season, St. Johns got another marquis win. This time, it was Connecticut who fell a victim to the Red Storm in Madison Square Garden. The three previous big wins came against Georgetown, Notre Dame, and Duke, all at home in Madison Square Garden.
While all of those games are big, St. Johns have blown some games in the past, which has hurt their chances of being ranked and having a definite spot in this years tournament. Listed below is what all of the St. Johns wins and losses means for their hopes at the postseason mean in the coming weeks.
1. They cannot blow it.
With the big win over Connecticut, St. Johns is in a must-win position. By having the four big home wins against the ranked teams at home they have to win against the lesser Big East teams while they're on the road. One of these games will come this weekend when St. Johns travels to play Cincinnati. And in a few weeks when they travel to Newark to take on a revamped Seton Hall team that was able to beat Syracuse with the return of their starting guard Jeremy Hazell.
On top of that, they will have to travel down to Pennsylvania, up to Wisconsin to play Villanova and Marquette. Both teams have performed well this season and will be tough match-ups on the road for St. Johns. When they return home, they will be in the same position, there is no room for error against the bad teams of the Big East. In the coming weeks, St. Johns will host DePaul, University of South Florida and Pittsburgh and of those three, the must-wins come against DePaul and University of South Florida.
Their games against Villanova, and Pittsburgh will not make as much as an effect on their tournament chances come Selection Sunday. Both Villanova and Pittsburgh are top ten teams in the NCAA and while it would be great for St. Johns to continue getting big upsets they need to finish their season with some consistency. That consistency will come from beating teams that they're supposed to, like DePaul or Seton Hall or University of South Florida. If St. Johns loses games like they did to Fordham earlier in the season, their future in March looks bleak.
2. They have a real chance to win the Big East Tournament.
As always, the Big East Tournament in the beginning of March will be held in the world famous Madison Square Garden. This will be great for St. Johns who plays all of their bigger home games at the garden. Of their four big wins, all of them came when they faced their opponents in Manhattan. Their team is finally something to cheer about and fans will go to their games and support the teams dream of winning the NCAA tournament. St. Johns has proven that they can beat good teams in the arena they know how to play best in. If they choose to play well until the regular season is over their season will continue. If not, it will be time to evaluate their top recruiting class and look toward the 2011-2012 season; the ball is in their court, it will be interesting to see what they do with it.