January 18, 2011
Yikes, it's been a while since I've posted anything.
Anyway, I went to New York City this weekend, and my friend's dad hooked us up with tickets to the St. John's - Notre Dame hoops game at Madison Square Garden.
This was my second time at the Garden — the first being the 2005 Big East tournament during my freshman year at BC. We were the top seed but got bounced by West Virginia in our opening game.
I enjoyed this trip to MSG a lot more. I've always liked the St. John's program and when former UCLA coach and ESPN analyst Steve Lavin was tapped to lead the Red Storm last spring, I was pretty confident he'd turn things around quickly.
He's done just that. The Johnnies smacked Notre Dame in the mouth Sunday 72-54. The Irish were ranked No. 9 in the AP poll and No. 11 in the coaches' last week (a little high in my opinion, but still a good win for St. John's). The Red Storm is now 11-5 overall and 4-2 in Big East play, and owns another solid win over Georgetown back on Jan. 3.
St. John's has had a couple of hiccups this season — losing close games to St. Bonaventure and Fordham — and still has a brutal schedule ahead of it. But the AP voters are starting to take notice, and I think this team has a few more surprises left in it before the season ends.
And when you look at Lavin's incoming recruiting class, St. John's appears to be a factor in the Big East once again.