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If talent meant everything the St. John’s Red Storm would be ranked in the top 25 and would be in the race for a Big East title. Well, talent certainly does not mean everything because neither of the above are true. Still, the Red Storm have been playing great basketball as of late and they are making their way into the bubble conversation.

St. John’s beat the Creighton Bluejays in its last game. That win was huge and very much needed. The victory marked its first win over a ranked team this season and also showed that it could still be an NCAA Tournament team.

The Red Storm are on a three-game win streak. Beating Marquette and Providence provided them with two more solid wins in the conference.

This team has to keep it going, though, especially since they will play Seton Hall, Georgetown and Butler next. All three of those teams have losing records in the Big East. So does Steve Lavin‘s team.

His team has an overall record of 15-9 and a conference record of 5-6.

St. John’s has to win a good majority of its games if it plans on making the dance. Beating Villanova and Xavier would be huge for this team’s tournament hopes.

Regardless, the Red Storm have quietly won six games in their last seven contests. They started off conference play with five straight losses. That horrible start probably had many fans thinking this team was doomed, but there is still a slight chance that Lavin’s squad makes it into the 2014 NCAA Tournament.

At the very least, they have played their way into the bubble conversation.

Trevor Lowry is a Senior Writer and Copy Editor at RantSports.com. If you’re a tweeter feel free to follow him @TheTrevorLowry or add him to your network on Google.

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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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