Tough to Beat a Team Three Times
Yes, I am going to use this cliché because it's true in this case. St. John's had beaten the Friars fairly easily in two regular season match ups. The Friars came out and jumped all over the Red Storm to the tune of an 18 point lead late in the first half. St. John's would cut it to 13 at the half and keep it around 10 for much of the second half until Providence pulled away again. It certainly helped that St. John's didn't have a great shooting day, which was the case in the previous two games.
St. John's Doesn't Look Healthy
D'Angelo Harrison has been dealing with a nagging calf injury for a few weeks now and Chris Obekpa and Jamal Branch missed the regular season finale. Rysheed Jordan injured his right wrist in the first half and despite a return the injuries are starting to mount for the Red Storm. This is definitely something to keep an eye on as the Storm will be dancing next week. Perhaps this loss is a blessing in disguise so the injured players get that extra day to rest and healing.
Kris Dunn is Really Good
Ed Cooley said he voted for Ryan Arcidiacono for Big East Player of the Year because "he was the straw that stirred their drink." If Arcidiacono is the straw that stirs the drink then Dunn is the bartender, the waiter and the bus boy. Dunn had a double-double with 17 points and 11 assists despite missing 6 minutes of the first half with foul trouble. LaDontae Henton was the team's leading scorer in the game with 20 points but Dunn is the best player on the team and the league.