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St. John’s Red Storm Enters New Big East Era with New Partner

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The St. John’s Red Storm are hoping that the start of the new Big East Conference will help the program return to their glory days in the old league by the same name. While most people have the general thought bouncing around in their cranium that the Johnnies will be better than last season, Steve Lavin’s fourth year at the helm might end up being the most crucial for the coach in his tenure.

Lavin can handle it. Considering that a slew of talented players are coming back, a fresh face (who happens to be apparently awesome) is joining the team and another player is now eligible, this might end up being the best Red Storm team in years.

That is the good news. The bad? Well, all your St. John’s-related Nike gear is about as relevant as a T-Rex trying to dribble a basketball (while still awesome, it is not practical or applicable). It has been reported that the Red Storm are ending their long relationship with Nike in favor of sporting some new, fancy Under Armour gear.

When Under Armour officially takes over, it will mean a slew of trivial things will change. Mainly, their uniforms will get an update. Not that the Johnnies’ basketball outfits are outdated or anything (current uniforms have been sported since 2009), but maybe a fresh pair of red and white get-ups will make the program feel newer or something.

For those worried about a drastic change to the team’s uniforms, Under Armour has a reputation of only make slight alterations to their new partners’ uniforms. Which means, hopefully, no wacky Zubaz-uniforms or anything.

 

Joe is a Senior Writer for Rant Sports. Follow him on Twitter @JosephNardone

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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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