Syracuse students agree: It's nice to survive and advance.
St. John's entered the Big East Tournament as the 5 seed, having faced Rutgers yesterday in game that ended up going down to the wire. Well, that would be if the game was actually completed. It actually ended with 1.7 seconds left on the clock. If you're a basketball fan you know what happened and you know who's fault it is. Either way, St. John's is now facing 4 seed Syracuse, the only Big East team to beat St. John's on the floor of the Garden. The season has progressed, but the scene of the crime stays the same. While the morning sessions are usually the clear undercard to the night caps, this time it is probably the opposite. First #9 Connecticut faces #1 Pittsburgh, and then St. John's will play Syracuse for bragging rights in the Empire State. It's the MSG match that everyone wanted to see. And it should deliver. Syracuse beat St. John's on January 12th 76-59. This game should be closer. It is the BET after all. Syracuse held St. John's to just 36.8% from the floor. The failure of having outside shooting truly killed the Johnnies in the game. They were 3-10 against Rutgers yesterday. Defense will again be the key in this game. Both teams will score, but the ability to stop shots, including blocks from Rick Jackson, and rebounding will be the way either team wins. Both teams are firing on all cylinders. However, St. John's was also sloppy with the ball yesterday, having nine first half turnovers. Mistakes like that can't be made in a tournament setting. Syracuse has the statistical edge in this game. If Syracuse can stop Dwight Hardy in the lane, Syracuse should dominate in this game. I like the Orange to advance to Friday in this game. The Orange over the Red Storm for continued Garden supremacy by nine.