The St. John’s Red Storm are one of the nation’s few remaining unbeaten teams. They’ll seek to keep that statement factual after their meeting with the Sacred Heart Pioneers on Saturday night in Queens.
The Johnnies, 11-0, are off to their best start in a very long time. Sacred Heart is their last remaining test before Big East play opens up next Saturday. They’re on the heels of a decisive 86-52 win over the St. Francis (NY) Terriers earlier this week, and that game provided plenty of optimism.
Lately they’d been struggling with putting teams away until pulling away late. Their matchup with the Terriers didn’t go that way, as they held firm to their lead from end-to-end. Facing the Pioneers the Johnnies will hope to build off that and have a repeat performance more like that aforementioned showing.
Sacred Heart, interestingly enough, was last seen against the Johnnies’ first opponent in Big East play. The Pioneers fell to the Seton Hall Pirates 90-76 back on Monday. That loss sent Anthony Latina’s club to a 4-7 record and it was their second loss in a row and third in their last four games.
They’ve been porous defensively, and against a St. John’s team that features one of the best scorers in the conference in Shamorie Ponds and plenty of other offensive talent, it could be another long night for Sacred Heart if things go to plan for the Johnnies.
Marvin Clark II will be aiming to build off of his showing against St. Francis. Clark II had 12 points off a 3-for-5 mark from the field. He had seven rebounds, four assists and four blocks with two turnovers in 27 minutes. LJ Figueroa and Mikey Dixon also excelled, as the two combined for 26 points, 13 apiece. Look for them to try and excel again in this one.
St. John’s should likely have no problem getting to 12-0. They are a heavy favorite and their WP% on KenPom is at 96 percent. If the Pioneers pull off this upset, it would be quite a bit of a stunner. The Johnnies are looking to cap off nonconference play in a big way, and they could very well do so if they don’t fall for the trap.
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