Chris Obekpa has change of heart, will return to St. John's

Earlier this month, St. John's was dealt a tough blow when sophomore center Chris Obekpa requested a release from the Red Storm in order to transfer elsewhere. After a couple weeks of back-and-forth, though, Obekpa decided to return to St. John's for his junior campaign. “I've had good conversations with Coach Lavin over the past week. After giving consideration to...
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April 19, 2014  |  Discuss

Sources: Obekpa may stay at St. John’s

Chris Obekpa’s departure isn’t the sure thing it was seen as weeks ago, when the Nigerian forward received his release to transfer. There is a chance the 6-foot-9 sophomore shot-blocking specialist could remain at St. John’s, sources said. If fences are able to be mended after Obekpa’s initial decision to leave the program — which has been a possibility all along, a source...
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April 14, 2014  |  Discuss

Pitt mentioned as a possibility for BYU transfer

Pitt Basketball still has some question marks regarding the roster, and some new names are popping up. Pitt basketball has some question marks regarding personnel next season. Currently Pitt has nine returning scholarship players along with four newcomers entering the program in the Fall. Those numbers would take the program to the maximum scholarship limit, but speculation is out...
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April 07, 2014  |  Discuss

St. John’s running out of players as Chris Obekpa transfers

Thus far, St John’s regular season was a smashing success compared to its offseason. Following a disappointing one-and-done NIT appearance, the deep and talented roster has fractured. Chris Obekpa, the shot-blocking sophomore dynamo, has received his release to transfer, which is a major blow to an already thin frontline. It comes just a few weeks after sophomore forward JaKarr...
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April 04, 2014  |  Discuss

St. John’s rewind: How to stay on the NCAA bubble

St. John’s took the first step Sunday on what it hopes is a run to the NCAA Tournament, racing out to a big lead and holding off underwhelming DePaul, 72-64, at the Garden. The real challenges loom starting Saturday at Marquette, followed by the Big East tournament. For now, let’s take a look back at St. John’s victory on Sunday, which snapped a two-game losing streak: –...
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March 04, 2014  |  Discuss

St. John's 72, DePaul 64

D'Angelo Harrison recorded 25 points, 10 rebounds and four assists as the host Red Storm held off a late rally by the Blue Demons. Sir'Dominic Pointer added 14 points for St. John's (19-11, 9-8 Big East), which shot 51.1 percent from the field. Orlando Sanchez chipped in with 13 points and eight rebounds in a reserve role while Chris Obekpa registered a game-high 11...
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March 02, 2014  |  Discuss

St. John’s recruiting effort boosted by successful season

St. John’s success over the last month has spread past the court, where the Johnnies have won nine of their past 10 games to play their way into the NCAA Tournament picture. St. John’s recruiting profile has increased as well, in terms of the visibility of its coaches at high school events to the number of top recruits who have attended games as visitors. Christ the King senior...
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February 22, 2014  |  Discuss

St. John’s very definition of NCAA Tournament Bubble team

When St. John’s fell at DePaul on January 14th, it was the turning point for both teams. With the victory, the Blue Demons became 2-3 in the Big East and looked to be flirting with mediocrity. They haven’t won since and instead reverted back to what they’ve always been under Oliver Purnell- the laughingstock of the league. St. John’s fell to 0-5 in league play with that defeat...
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February 21, 2014  |  Discuss

Poppin' Bubbles: Providence and Richmond miss big chances

Tuesday didn't have too many marquee matchups, but it did feature several quality bubble games. Some teams were looking for resume-boosting wins, while others were just looking to avoid bad losses. Winners George Washington: The Colonials were in nearly every projected bracket heading into the week, but they were in the 9-10 seed range, which means a couple of losses would have...
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February 19, 2014  |  Discuss

St. John's center Chris Obekpa out 10-14 days

St. John's starting center Chris Obekpa will sit out an estimated 10 to 14 days with a right ankle injury suffered in practice Monday. An MRI on Tuesday revealed a sprain and a bone bruise. Obekpa has been ruled out for Tuesday night's home game versus Butler and Saturday's clash with No. 9 Villanova in Philadelphia. He's also likely to miss the home game versus...
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February 19, 2014  |  Discuss

St. John's shot-blocker Chris Obekpa (ankle) out two weeks

As St. John's enters a key stretch in its quest for an NCAA tournament bid, the Red Storm will be without one of the best shot-blockers in the country. Chris Obekpa will miss the next 10-14 days after suffering an ankle injury during practice on Monday. An MRI on Tuesday showed a sprain and bone bruise in Obekpa's right ankle. “Chris is a central part of what we do on...
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February 18, 2014  |  Discuss

Surging St. John’s nips Hall for key Big East win

Over the last month, St. John’s has played eight games and won seven of them. Thursday night’s performance at the virtually empty Prudential Center was probably the Red Storm’s worst performance in this run — but it was also their most revealing. On a night when St. John’s was outrebounded, committed a season-high 19 turnovers and trailed virtually the entire way, but...
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February 14, 2014  |  Discuss

St. John's edges Seton Hall 68-67

Chris Obekpa sank a free throw with 2.1 seconds left to give St. John's a 68-67 victory over Seton Hall on Thursday night. D'Angelo Harrison's drive for a one-handed dunk with 1:32 left had tied the game at 67. Fuquan Edwin then missed a 3-pointer at the other end and St. John's (16-9, 6-6 Big East) called time out with 19.6 seconds left. That led to the pass inside...
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February 14, 2014  |  Discuss

St. John's upsets No. 12 Creighton 70-65

D'Angelo Harrison scored 19 points, including the go-ahead 3-pointer with 2:08 to play, and St. John's beat No. 12 Creighton 70-65 on Sunday night for its sixth win in seven games. Chris Obekpa tied his career high with 11 points for the Red Storm (15-9, 5-6 Big East), who avenged their only loss during that seven-game stretch. Doug McDermott matched his nation-leading...
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February 09, 2014  |  Discuss

SUNDAY NIGHT SHOWDOWN: St. John's Meets No. 12/12 Creighton At MSG

Winners of five of their last six games, head coach Steve Lavin and the St. John's basketball team (14-9, 4-6 BIG EAST) clash with No. 12/12 Creighton only 12 days after the Red Storm nearly upset the Bluejays in Omaha. Lavin goes for his 200th career win and SJU looks to avenge the 63-60 decision dealt by the BIG EAST-leading Bluejays (Jan. 28) on Sunday at 7 p.m., this time...
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February 08, 2014  |  Discuss

St. John's tops Providence 86-76

D'Angelo Harrison scored 22 points and JaKarr Sampson 21 as St. John's won for the fifth time in its last six tries at Providence on Tuesday, 86-76. The Red Storm (14-9, 4-6 Big East) placed four players in double figures. Rysheed Jordan netted 13 of his 18 points in the first half while Chris Obekpa contributed 10 points and five rebounds. Providence's Bryce Cotton...
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February 04, 2014  |  Discuss

Johnnies look to keep Stormin’

A season of sky-high expectations was spiraling out of control, and the first few lines of the obituary had been written. A little more than two weeks ago, St. John’s was off to its worst start in the Big East in a decade, having dropped its fifth straight game to open conference play — falling at home to Providence 84-83 in double overtime. There was confusion and there was...
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February 04, 2014  |  Discuss

St John's 74 Marquette 59

NEW YORK – Marquette had no answer for St John’s D’Angelo Harrison who scored 27 points or the St John’s length[12 block shots]as St. John's beat MU 74-59 on Saturday at Madison Square Garden. Derrick Wilson led Marquette(12-10, 4-5) with 14 pts as MU dropped into a 5th place tie with Seton Hall. St John’s dominated the middle with Center Chris Obekpa who had 8 of...
February 01, 2014  |  Discuss

St. John's beats Marquette 74-59

D'Angelo Harrison scored 27 points and was 6 of 11 from 3-point range as St. John's beat Marquette 74-59 on Saturday at Madison Square Garden, the Red Storm's fourth win in their last five games. Harrison, who leads the team in scoring at 17.7 points per game, did a lot more than shoot for the Red Storm (13-9, 3-6 Big East) as he finished with six rebounds, three assists...
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February 01, 2014  |  Discuss

St. John's beats Marquette 74-59

NEW YORK (AP) -- D'Angelo Harrison scored 27 points and was 6 of 11 from 3-point range as St. John's beat Marquette 74-59 on Saturday at Madison Square Garden, the Red Storm's fourth win in their last five games. Harrison, who leads the team in scoring at 17.7 points per game, did a lot more than shoot for the Red Storm (13-9, 3-6 Big East) as he finished with six rebounds...
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February 01, 2014  |  Discuss

Steve Lavin starting to get heat for St. John’s struggles

“This is a year where we’re positioned to do something special.” — Steve Lavin, Sept. 28, 2013 Hype has turned into hot air. St. John’s NCAA Tournament hopes almost certainly hinge on a miraculous week at the Garden in March. The NIT isn’t even a given. St. John’s, with its one win over a major-conference opponent in nine tries and zero Big East victories in the watered...
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January 23, 2014  |  Discuss

St. John’s rewind: Dominant second half ends losing streak

The losing streak ended Saturday night with a dominant second half performance. St. John’s got 16 points from Phil Greene IV and a fine all-around effort from Orlando Sanchez, eight points, 10 rebounds and four blocks, in its 69-55 victory over Dartmouth, the Red Storm’s first win in 22 days. Despite the feel-good victory, St. John’s plummeted even further in the Big East...
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January 21, 2014  |  Discuss

Stats Slant: 61 teams eclipsing the 80 point per night mark

Send to Kindle  * * * Christmas is coming and the college basketball season is getting exciting.  For those of you die-hards who stayed up on Saturday night to watch the Baylor-Kentucky game (played in Arlington, TX at Cowboy Stadium) saw Big Blue get somewhat exposed by length and versatility in the frontcourt, while Kansas fell to a 40-foot floater in Boulder.  While these...
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December 10, 2013  |  Discuss

St. John's vs. Fordham Preview

Tipoff: 1:30 (December 7, 2013) Venue: Madison Square Garden2013-14 Team Records: Fordham (4-2) St. John's (5-2)Series Record: St. John's leads Fordham all-time 63-21  (Last St. John's victory was in 2012, Last Fordham victory was in 2010) Projected Starters for Fordham:(G) Branden Frazier   18.8 ppg.  5.2 apg.(G) Jon Severe          23.2 ppg   2.2 apg.(G...
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December 06, 2013  |  Discuss

St. John's beats Georgia Tech 69-58

D'Angelo Harrison scored 21 points and St. John's overcame a 15-point deficit for the second straight game, this time going on to a 69-58 victory over Georgia Tech on Saturday in the third-place game of the Barclays Center Classic. The Red Storm (5-2) used a 24-2 run in the second half to take control and offset Friday night's 89-82 overtime loss to Penn State. Harrison...
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November 30, 2013  |  Discuss
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