Hopefully, the 2013-14 college basketball season will finally be the year when Steve Lavin has a great season with the St. John’s Red Storm. However, unlike any other year while being the coach, St. John’s will be playing in the new Big East. So, how does his team stack up to the rest of the conference?
It is always tough to tell how the conference standings will shape up before the season even takes place, but you have to like the Red Storm’s odds. The Big East has always been one of the best conferences in college hoops and it honestly looks easier now, since teams like Louisville and Syracuse will no longer be part of it.
Still, Butler and Xavier seem to compete on a yearly basis, Creighton will have Doug McDermott for one more season and Georgetown and Marquette are likely the favorites to win the conference.
If the Red Storm can actually meet expectations, I see them only having problems with the Hoyas and Golden Eagles. However, that does not mean that the Bluejays and Bulldogs will be easy victories because that is far from the case. Both teams will likely dance once again and St. John’s is coming off of a 17-16 record. If Creighton and Butler have similar success to this past season, then St. John’s will have to be that much better and could finish in the middle of the pack.
However, so much talent is returning and will be joining the Red Storm. So, if they finally meet expectations, a top three finish is likely in the upcoming season.
With that said, there is still plenty that needs to take place before the season even starts and there is a lot of talent in this conference, so until we actually see these teams play, who knows how they will fair against on another.
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