St. John’s University Men’s Basketball Team was ranked 17th in the NCAA Division 1 standings posted on March 7th.
The Red Storm will enter the NCAA Tournament with an overall record of 21-11 and a Big East Conference record of 12-6. St. John’s received a No. 6 seed into the NCAA Tournament to face No. 11 Gonzaga University.
The Red Storm’s Season
The Red Storm awaited their fate during Selection Sunday to see if they would get a bid to the NCAA Tournament. St. John’s lost to Syracuse in the quarterfinals 79-73. The Red Storm stayed close throughout the whole game but could’ve used senior D.J. Kennedy. Kennedy went down only 5.5 minutes in the game with a serious knee injury.
Kennedy was a key proponent to the Red Storm’s game and without him other players will need to step up. St. John’s received their at large bid despite the loss and will face Gonzaga in the NCAA Tournament. Gonzaga beat St.
Mary’s to receive an automatic bid into the NCAA Tournament and will be making their 13th-straight appearance in the tourney. Head Coach Steve Lavin leads the Red Storm but looks to Dwight Hardy and Justin Burrell for control on the court.
About The Team
Head Coach Steve Lavin is in his first season at St. John’s University and he has made it count. In his first season with the Red Storm he has made it to the NCAA Tournament, had a 20-plus-win season, and multiple players who earned Big East honors.
In his seven years at UCLA, he can boast of six NCAA Tournament appearances, five trips to the NCAA Round 16, and six seasons of 21 wins or more.
Senior Dwight Hardy was named to the All-Big East First Team and Big East Most Improved Player. Hardy finished the season averaging 17.9 points per game and 84.4% from the free-throw line.
He was named Big East Player of the Week three times. In the 11 games against ranked teams, Hardy averaged 15.7 points per game, while shooting 44.9% from the field and 88.9% from the free throw line. Senior Justin Burrell was selected as the Big East Sixth Man Award.
Burrell averaged 6.6 points per game and 5 rebounds per game. He also averaged 22.8 minutes per game and was a powerful force both offensively and defensively.
About The School
St. John’s University is located in Queens, New York. St. John’s holds the core values of St. Vincent de Paul very closely. This Vincentian tradition is the foundation and source of the core values its members strive to embody: truth, love, respect, opportunity, excellence, and service.
There are over 21,000 students with a 19:1 student to teacher ratio. St. John’s has over 100 majors and concentrations for students to choose from. There are hundreds of school organizations and clubs to choose from that are not only interesting but will emphasize the core values of the Vincentian tradition.