St. John’s Red Storm at Seton Hall Pirates
St. Johnâ€™s Red Storm Preview
The St. John’s Red Storm upset Arizona in San Francisco to end their nonconference season but have gone 3-10 in the Big East since that victory. Still, St. John’s is no fun to play against. First-year coach Mike Anderson imported a “40 Minutes of Hell” style from Arkansas, and the Johnnies play fast and frenetically, forcing 17.4 turnovers per game, the 12th-best mark in the country.
Problems: Leading scorer Mustapha Heron (ankle) is likely out for the season — St. John’s is 1-1 without him since the news — and has had trouble holding leads and finishing games. The latest example is a 77-74 home loss to Xavier on Monday, when the Musketeers scored the final eight points.
No. 16 Seton Hall Pirates Preview
The Seton Hall Pirates enter with a one-game lead in the Big East and are coming off a 74-72 home victory over No. 21 Butler on Wednesday, when Sandro Mamukelashvili’s hit an off-balance 5-footer in the final second. That snapped a two-game skid for Seton Hall, which is led by potential All-American guard Myles Powell, who is averaging 21.4 points per game.
He scored 29 points against St. John’s last month, taking over the game in the second half (23 points) as the Pirates rallied from a 13-point halftime deficit and overcame 15 first-half turnovers. Seton Hall blocked 10 shots in that game and will look to assert a defense allowing 39.4 percent shooting.