The St. John’s Red Storm are off to Omaha for a Saturday evening clash against against the 21st ranked Creighton Bluejays. This game will complete a first portion slate of games for both teams are we start heading into the later throws of the regular season. In this case it is a better late than never trip out to Nebraska for a nice evening Big East clash.
Heading into this one are two teams with differing fortunes on the season so far and over the last few weeks. The Bluejays are ranked at a respectable 21st in the country. Over their last five games they have gone 4-1 with a four game winning streak and the loss coming midweek against Providence. Oddly enough, the Bluejays also beat Providence to kick off their streak as well funny how thing work out sometimes. The other wins in that streak were against DePaul, Xavier, and impressive of all on the road against a then 8th ranked Villanova. In their last game though against the Friars it was a rather poor showing for the Jays, who ended up losing by a score of 73 to 56 thus ending their streak. Still though, it has been an impressive run that has kept them in the mix at the top of the conference. They have a 6-4 record in league play and are three games back of Seton Hall.
Creighton has been getting contributions from a whole host of players this season. The focal points have been Ty-Shon Alexander and Marcus Zegarowski. Both of whom have been leaders in points per game this season for the team. Zegarowski has also been leading the way in assists per game with a mark of 5.1 and Alexander has also been leading in rebounds as well with a mark of 5.7. Mitch Ballock and Christian Bishop are both nipping at his heel with marks of 5.5 per game.
On the St. John’s side of things it has been more of the same. Last time out was last weekend against the Georgetown Hoyas, where the Red Storm were leading for much of the game. They were however unable to close things out, as the Hoyas rallied from 17 points down to pull off the 73-72 win. The loss once again leaves the Red Storm on the lurch of another burgeoning losing streak. At this point, visions of postseason play might be pure fantasy, as the Red Storm are sitting now on a 2-8 mark in Big East play. There have been promising signs, but those signs now seem to be what this team can do with another year of season.
From the looks of it, this year has been more about transition into what is to come later on. One positive note about last time out for the Johnnies has to be that Mustapha Heron, Rasheem Dunn and Julian Champagnie all had big games which hopefully can carry over into this game. LJ Figueroa had a down night but if he can get going once again it should keep the Red Storm in the mix in this one.
In all it should be a fun game to watch. Both teams bring a great amount to the table and hopefully it is a close and fun one.
Time: 6 p.m. ET / 5 p.m. CT
Where: CHI Health Center Omaha
TV: CBS Sports Network (Check local listings)