Chris Mullin's coaching debut
No matter what happens on the court, this is the biggest story of the night. Basketball Hall of Famer Chris Mullin coaches his first career regular season NCAA game for the Red Storm.
As the New York Times pointed out Thursday, Mullin knew he had weaknesses. He filled them by compiling one of the best coaching staffs in the Big East, if not college basketball.
Will on-court success follow for the Johnnies? Time will tell.
Who will start for the Red Storm?
After all the pomp and circumstance for Mullin wears off, there will be a basketball game played. The Red Storm lost their top six scorers from last year either to graduation or transfer, and were dealt another blow earlier this week when the NCAA awarded top recruit Marcus LoVett a partial qualifier, meaning he can practice but not play.
What does this all mean for St. John's?
The lineup should be a trial by fire type of situation for the first couple weeks until Mullin finds out what works and what doesn't.
Replacing Marcus Burton
Wagner's leading scorer from last season, NEC First-Team selection Marcus Burton, has graduated.
Burton averaged 17.5 points per game for the Seahawks. That type of scoring is tough to replace in college basketball no matter which team you are.