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St. John’s Red Storm Need Chris Obekpa For the Season Opener

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St. John’s Red Storm‘s Chris Obekpa will be suspended for the team’s two exhibition games, but should be back for the season opener against the Wisconsin Badgers on Nov. 8, according to ESPN. Hopefully Obekpa is back for the opener because St. John’s will really need him in that matchup.

Obekpa was second in the nation in blocks last season, averaging four per game. Nerlens Noel led the country with 4.4 per game, but went down with an injury during the regular season. It is important to know that Obekpa was only a freshman. He also averaged 3.9 points per game and 6.2 rebounds per game.

Wisconsin is known as a great defensive team and that should be the case once again in the 2013-14 season. The Badgers will enter the year by being ranked No. 21 in the USA Today Coaches Poll, so St. John’s could get a pretty big win right off of the bat. It will not be easy, though.

St. John’s ended last season with a 17-16 record. The Red Storm will have the talent to win a national championship. Yes, I said it. They may not be predicted to win the Big East, but the talent on this team cannot be denied.

Returning is two players that averaged 14 or more points per game, along with basically every other player. A five-star recruit will also be joining.

Obepka may not lead the team in scoring, but he is very important when it comes to rebounding the ball and blocking shots. Both will be crucial if the Red Storm are going to pull off the upset against the Badgers.

So hopefully Obekpa is back for the season opener, which seems to be the case as of right now.

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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!

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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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