Talent. Experience. Resilience. These were all words to describe St. John’s in their fourth season under head coach Chris Mullin. A team who’s best player was voted to be the Big East Preseason Player of the Year, surrounded by newfound talent. It was the perfect storm that turned out to be a dark cloud hanging over Queens.
It’s Dec. 19, and conference play is just 10 days away. We’ve learned a lot so far from the non-conference portion of the schedule, with plenty more to learn in the coming weeks. However, I have some questions and comments about what I’ve seen so far from the Big East.
Just 13 miles away from the St. John’s campus and on the intersection of Flatbush Ave and Atlantic Ave sits the Barclays Center, the site of this week’s Legends Classic. The 19,000-seat arena served as a theatre for Brooklyn native Chris Mullin and the St. John’s Red Storm who put on two performances by defeating Cal on Monday night and narrowly defeating VCU to win the tournament on Tuesday.
Seton Hall’s “core four” departed at the end of this past season. With Desi Rodriquez, Angel Delgado, Khadeen Carrington and Ish Sanogo graduating, Pirates fans were looking for answers as to who would be the future of Seton Hall basketball.
Tuesday night in Queens was a celebration of sort as St. John’s took on Loyola Maryland in their home opener at Carnesecca Arena. After a long wait, Red Storm fans finally got to see one of the most talented teams in the Big East in action.Continue reading “St. John’s: The Start of Something New”→
The Providence Friars opened up the season against the Siena Saints, and defeated them 77-67. It wasn’t a perfect effort from the Friars but one player stood out above the rest. Freshman AJ Reeves dropped 29 points and logged 30 minutes in his first game in black-and-white. Continue reading “Providence: Oh Hello, AJ Reeves”→
John Fanta lives and breathes Big East Basketball. He’s been a commentator for the Big East Digital Network the past few years. Just recently, he announced he’ll be starting a new job as a commentator for Fox Sports 1 and do play-by-play for five games this season.
The Big East is loaded with competition this year, and headlined with a lot of star power. Players like Shamorie Ponds, Markus Howard, Jessie Govan, and probably Villanova’s entire starting five…may I continue?
As the month of August winds down and another summer without college basketball comes to a close, the excitement begins to build as another year of close competition in the Big East Conference looms. However, this season isn’t as a clear cut as last season. A few days ago, we tweeted out Sports Illustrated’s power rankings.
It almost seems unfair that the Villanova Wildcats continue to replace talent with even more talent. Sure, Mikal Bridges, Jalen Brunson, and possibly Donte DiVincenzo are leaving. Yet, Villanova still has one of the strongest recruiting classes headlined by star point guard Jahvon Quinerly.
The Seton Hall Pirates had its ups and downs, from beating Louisville, to losing to rival Rutgers. You never knew exactly what you were going to get. But one thing that was consistently relevant in every Pirates game was passion, spearheaded by our four seniors who gave it all for the Pirates.
Marcellus Earlington was originally projected to play football. Standing at 6’5 and weighing 230 pounds, the defensive end from Don Bosco Prep had offers from big-time football programs like Georgia, Penn State, Rutgers, Virginia Tech, and Pittsburgh, with a total of 16 offers. He also played basketball as a small forward.
Just last week, it was announced that St. John’s center Tariq Owens requested a release from the program to pursue other opportunities. Considering he is a graduate student, this means he could transfer anywhere without waiting a year to play for a new team.
On February 14, at a pinked out Dunkin Donuts Center, the Providence Friars defeated Villanova, then the second ranked team in the nation. The Wildcats were stunned as the Providence student section stormed the court in celebration of the upset win.
Xavier is not only the best team in the Big East, but one of the best teams in the country. After a dominant victory over St. John’s yesterday, the Muskateers had a great start against the Friars in the Big East Tournament Semifinals. But, that didn’t last long.
Thursday nights session of the Big East Tournament quarterfinal round featured two marquee matchups in front of a sold out Madison Square Garden . The first matchup was between Villanova and Marquette, a game in which the Wildcats dominated the Golden Eagles. The second matchup was between Seton Hall and Butler, a game that came down to the wire as Butler held off Seton Hall.
Thursday’s afternoon session of the Big East Tournament at Madison Square Garden kicked off with top seeded Xavier and the hometown favorite, St. John’s. The second game of the afternoon featured a tightly contested matchup between Creighton and Providence.
The 2017-2018 has finally come to an end for the Providence Friars and it could not have come soon enough. Providence has been holding on to (what most think is) an at large bid and by the skin of their teeth.
Day one of the Big East Tournament brought bad weather, but great basketball. The first game was between old-time rivals, as the St. John’s Red Storm took on the Georgetown Hoyas, followed by Marquette vs. DePaul in a game that went down to the wire.
Georgetown center Jessie Govan did all he could to keep the Hoyas in the game tonight against the Red Storm, but St. John’s was just too good in the second half. The 6-10 junior finished with 28 points, two assists, and 11 rebounds.
We are hours away from the Big East Tournament kicking off at Madison Square Garden in the heart of New York City. For those of you that haven’t been paying attention, the Big East teams have been beating the life out of each other over the last month, and now it all comes down to a four-day tournament to see if anyone can steal the title or a bid to the Big Dance.
Tomorrow night, the Big East Tournament will be underway with two great games to kick off the action at the world’s most famous arena, and the nor’easter won’t be the only storm in town. I’ll be here all week, folks.
Yesterday, the Big East announced their All-Big East First Team via social media, and the responses were very mixed. The six players named are all amazing in their own right, but not one player from Seton Hall made the cut.
This has been a big week for Big East Basketball Breakdown, and I want to share the good news. Our site continues to further it’s coverage, and will provide even better access during the Big East Tournament.
In Chris Mullin’s first year coaching, one of his big recruits was a four-star power forward named Kassoum Yakwe. Yakwe committed to St. John’s on August 23, 2015, and was one of the building blocks in a complete roster overhaul from the previous coaching regime.
The Big East conference has been turned upside down as of late, and the Providence Friars taking down #3 Villanova at The Dunk on Wednesday night was just another example of what’s been going on in conference play.