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St. John’s Red Storm Should Be Ranked If They Beat Wisconsin Badgers

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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.

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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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