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DePaul Blue Demons Lose Another Big East Conference Game

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It has been an uphill struggle for the DePaul Blue Demons even since the team entered the Big East Conference. It was a place that DePaul never should have been to in the first place and the Blue Demons lost yet another Big East game Wednesday night to the St. John’s Red Storm 79-74 in overtime, falling to an overall record of 6-73 for DePaul’s history in conference play since 2008-09.

I couldn’t be happier to see DePaul breaking away from the conference even if it has six Big East schools going too. It may actually allow the Blue Demons to compete in a conference since their chances of winning have been greatly reduced in the past five years. I don’t know what else Oliver Purnell can do with DePaul. It is like a small high school getting in with a group of other schools that have hundreds or thousands of more players to choose from and they can’t size up to their competitors.

There is no reason why DePaul can’t get back to the winning tradition that the school had about 30-35 years ago when Ray Meyer was there. Hopefully this move out of the Big East will help them out because at this point, there is really nothing else that can be done. DePaul became an afterthought for a lot of the big-time recruits as soon as cable television started showing multiple games a week and the last dozen years have been awful for the Chicago school that plays their home games in the suburbs. DePaul fans now wait to see if the new conference changes their team’s fortune.

Andy Schmidt is a columnist/writer for RantSports. Follow him on Twitter @ASchmidtSports, like his Facebook page or add him to your network on Google.

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NCAA Tournament Profile: St. John's Red Storm

Record: 21-11

RPI: 37

BPI: 51

Conference: Big East Conference

How They Qualified: At-Large Berth

Region: No. 9 seed in South

 

The St. John’s Red Storm have been a tough puzzle to solve ever since Steve Lavin took over as head coach. Lavin has recruited like a boss, but his teams simply have not met expectations. Well, his team didn’t blow us all away this year, but it will be partaking in the 2015 NCAA tournament. It is all about those baby steps.

This is the Red Storm’s first appearance since 2011. Needless to say, the team was well overdue.

 

What You Need to Know:

Leading Scorer: D’Angelo Harrison (17.5 PPG)

Leading Rebounder: Sir’Dominic Pointer (7.6 RPG)

Leading Passer: Rysheed Jordan (3.1 APG)

Bad Losses: DePaul, Creighton, Seton Hall

Good Wins: Providence (twice), Xavier (twice), Syracuse, Georgetown

 

If everything comes together, St. John’s could be one of the biggest surprises of the tournament. That may be asking for a lot, though. This team did lose 11 times on the season.

If you are looking for a player who can score at will, look no further than D’Angelo Harrison. Harrison is a senior, so you better believe he will be playing every game like it is his last because … well, every game could realistically be his last. Fun fact: Harrison has averaged over 16 points per game all four years at St. John’s — he is the real deal, folks.

St. John’s wasn’t the most consistent team in the country, so it will be interesting to see which Red Storm team shows up — the one that lost three in a row at one point, or the one that started the season off with an 11-1 record.

The St. John’s Red Storm are dancing!

Trevor Lowry is a Content Associate at RantSports.com. If you’re a tweeter feel free to follow him @TheTrevorLowry, “Like” him on Facebook or add him to your network on Google.

Will this finally be the year that Steve Lavin coaches his St. John's Red Storm on a deep run? Whether the case, they enter the dance with some talent.

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