The St. John’s Red Storm finished with a 17-16 record last season. They won’t be ranked in the USA Today Coaches Poll to start the season and that is pretty reasonable. However, the team should be ranked if they beat the Wisconsin Badgers on Nov. 8.
Wisconsin comes in at No. 21 in the Coaches Poll. It deserved that ranking and it very easily could climb up the rankings if it beats St. John’s and then the Florida Gators in its second game of the season.
The Red Storm are more talented than some people may think. Jakarr Sampson will be back. He averaged 14.9 points per game last season. D’Angelo Harrison will be back. He averaged 17.8 points per game last season. Rysheed Jordan will be joining the team. He is a five-star recruit.
Yes, St. John’s finished six games out of first in the Big East standings last season, but this is a very talented team that could make a lot of noise. It may not be ranked to start the season, but that does not mean that it will not be ranked at some point.
Wisconsin is a very tough opponent despite the fact that it will be losing a couple of key players. The Badgers compete in the Big 10 on a yearly basis and the 2013-14 college hoops season will be no different.
The Red Storm could very easily lose against them, but if they win they should be awarded for that big victory. That award should be a top 25 ranking. Regardless, winning that contest would be a big resume builder and it would help Steve Lavin and his team get some respect early on in the year.