5 Things St. John’s Red Storm Must Do to Make the 2015 NCAA Tournament

By RantSports Staff

Things St. John’s Red Storm Must Do to Make the 2015 NCAA Tournament

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Like most teams on the NCAA tournament bubble, the St. John's Red Storm have had an up-and-down season. However, all is not lost when it comes to Steve Lavin's team making the dance. It just has to do basically all of the things in the following slides to actually punch its ticket to the dance -- well, maybe not all of them, but it would surely help.

5. Lose No More Than Two Games to Close Out the Season

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5. Lose No More Than Two Games to Close Out the Season

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Okay, the Red Storm are already on the wrong path for this one, as they just lost to Georgetown. With that in mind, this one is even more true: St. John's can't lose more than two games the rest of the way if it plans on dancing.

4. Finish in the Top 5 in the Big East

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4. Finish in the Top 5 in the Big East

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St. John's is currently tied for sixth in the Big East standings, and it has to get back into the top five. The tournament committee is not going to let the sixth best Big East team into the dance. Well, unless if it earns that auto bid in the Big East tourney.

3. Beat Villanova to Close Out the Regular Season

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3. Beat Villanova to Close Out the Regular Season

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Beating Villanova would do wonders for the Red Storm, especially since that will be a road game for St. John's. Not to mention, it would come in the last game of the regular season. Finishing strong is exactly what any bubble team needs to do to make the tournament.

2. Win At Least Two Games in the Big East Tourney

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2. Win At Least Two Games in the Big East Tourney

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St. John's can't afford to have an early exit in the Big East tournament. If it does, then it will be playing in the NIT. It is really that simple. Heck, two wins may not even get this team in, but it has to at least capture those two wins. End of story.

1. Get Some Luck

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1. Get Some Luck

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A little luck never hurts. If bubble teams start to go down left and right, and St. John's continues to win some games, it very well could get into the tournament based off of that.

Regardless, St. John's would be doing itself a huge favor by doing all five of these things. Of course, winning the Big East tournament would give it that automatic bid, which would be the best possible scenario, and would lead to no sweating on Selection Sunday.

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