Syracuse students agree: We'll have more fans in NYC.
It isn't last year. St. John's is in a critical time of transition. Their seniors are gone. Their playmakers are gone. The returning scholarship players averaged four points last season. Chris Mullin is a neophyte head coach. St. John's only win in the Maui Invitational was against host DII Chaminade. They've lost to Fordham and their wins are against St. Francis NY, Wagner, a four point win over Niagra, etc. The Red Storm are not a great basketball team. If Syracuse plays a halfway decent game, they should cruise in front of a majority orange crowd in MSG. St. John's is riding high off their win in Syracuse last year. But even the blind squirrel finds a nut now and then. That was last season for St. John's who went to the Tournament, had 20 wins, and still fired their coach. St. John's is the annoying little brother of Syracuse. They hang around, SU dominates them, once in a while they get a small victory, but overall we love them. Remember the old days of the Big East? Yeah they were great. But SU has continued to dominate St. John's since the Mike Jarvis era. SU should win big on Sunday. Look for Michael Gbinije to take over the game, as the only bonafide star on the floor. SU's shooting should also continue. I also look for Coleman to step up and get some confidence around the rim, playing against mostly freshman and underclassmen. Either way, it should be worth John and I making the trip to NYC to see even more of our friends in orange. The St. John's Twitter world should be pretty quite this Sunday, unlike last year. Orange over St. John's by 16. This game is available on Fox Sports 1 / Fox Sports Go (with proper login) at 12:00pm Sunday. Get ready NYC. New York's College Team is in the building.