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Steve Lavin, St. John’s ‘mutually agree’ to part ways: Report

Steve Lavin will no longer be the men's basketball coach at St. John's, the school announced Friday, after the two sides mutually parted ways. The news comes days after reports said Lavin was in talks over a contract extension and one week after the Red Storm were bounced from the NCAA tournament in the first round. Those extension talks didn't last long, as reports later...
Via The Other Paper
5 days ago  |  Discuss

St. John's, coach Steve Lavin agree to part ways

St. John's University has "mutually agreed to part ways" with men's basketball coach Steve Lavin, the university announced on Friday. The school's athletic director, Chris Monasch, released a statement announcing the decision. "Coach Lavin returned high expectations to our men's basketball program and represented St. John's in a positive way," Monasch said in a statement. "We appreciate...
Via Fox Sports
5 days ago  |  Discuss

Obekpa’s Absence Proved too Immense to Overcome for St. John’s Red Storm

Chris Obekpa #12 of the St. John’s Red Storm jumps up to block a shot against the Villanova Wildcats during the game at Madison Square Garden on January 6, 2015 in New York City. (Mandatory Credit: Nate Shron/Getty Images) Steve Lavin’s St John’s Red Storm saw their season end Friday at the hands of San Diego State in a 76-64 defeat. The game was a frustrating defeat for the...
Via The Sports Journal
10 days ago  |  Discuss

Remembering St. John’s Season

St. John’s D’Angelo Harrison (11) sits on the floor after being called for a foul against San Diego State during the second half of an NCAA tournament college basketball game in the Round of 64 in Charlotte, N.C., Friday, March 20, 2015. (AP Photo/Nell Redmond) Steve Lavin’s St John’s Red Storm saw their season end Friday at the hands of San Diego State in a 76-64 defeat...
Via The Sports Journal
10 days ago  |  Discuss

Open Thread for Sunday NCAA Tournament

That NC State team showed up last night. The one loaded with talent. Swift, long guards who can shoot from the perimeter and keep the other team’s guards from getting open looks. A burly frontcourt that can dominate on both ends. Most importantly, their collective head stayed in the game the entire way. You watch them on a night like that and wonder how they are not a top-ten team...
Via Pitt Blather
10 days ago  |  Discuss

Persistent St. John's Unable To Overcome San Diego State In Second Round Of 2015 NCAA Tournament

Sir'Dominic Pointer added 10 rebounds to his 21 points on Friday. (Gerald Herbert/AP)By Brian Wilmer@sportsmattersCHARLOTTE, N.C. -- St. John’s came into the second round of the 2015 NCAA Tournament shorthanded, but confident.  Starting center Chris Obekpa was suspended for two weeks on Sunday for a violation of team rules, according to coach Steve Lavin.  Obekpa is a top-five...
Via College Hoops Digest
11 days ago  |  Discuss

An offensive Aztecs team spells danger

Send to Kindle Friday night’s late game in Charlotte was considered  a test of wills between a defensive-oriented San Diego State team and a St. John’s squad that gets the ball up and down the floor at break neck speed. The obvious didn’t happen. San Diego State had the offense in their 76-64 victory over the Red Storm at Time Warner Cable Arena.  The Aztecs, who came into...
Via College Chalktalk
11 days ago  |  Discuss

10 Teams That Received a Favorable NCAA Tournament Path

The NCAA tournament brackets have been released. Have a look. It’s time to assess The Road To The Final Four in various ways. One way is to evaluate which teams received favorable or harsh bracket paths. Keep this in mind: The following list is not limited to the teams that have a really good shot at the Final Four. This list includes such teams, but it also applies to teams that...
Via Bloguin Best
17 days ago  |  Discuss

10 Teams That Received a Favorable NCAA Tournament Path

The NCAA tournament brackets have been released. Have a look. It’s time to assess The Road To The Final Four in various ways. One way is to evaluate which teams received favorable or harsh bracket paths. Keep this in mind: The following list is not limited to the teams that have a really good shot at the Final Four. This list includes such teams, but it also applies to teams that...
Via The Student Section
17 days ago  |  Discuss

St John's suspends C Chris Obekpa for 2 weeks

NEW YORK (AP) St. John's has suspended junior center Chris Obekpa for two weeks for violation of team rules. The school announced Sunday that the suspension would include any postseason games this season until March 29. ''Chris has been suspended for a violation of team rules,'' coach Steve Lavin said. ''All of the young men associated with our program are held to standards consistent...
Via AP on Fox
17 days ago  |  Discuss

St. John's suspends starting C Chris Obekpa for two weeks: Report

One of the best shot blockers in the country might have just swatted away St. John's chances at making the NCAA Tournament. St. John's coach Steve Lavin announced on Sunday afternoon junior center Chris Obekpa will be suspended for two weeks, citing a violation of team rules — just hours before the selection committee decides which at-large teams will be invited to the tournament...
Via The Other Paper
17 days ago  |  Discuss

Red Storm Rising: St. John's Crushes Creighton 84-66

Rysheed Jordan Had a Career High 25 Points/collegehoopsdigest.comby Josh Adams@NCAAHoopsDigestNew York, N.Y.--- This season, the St. John's Red Storm have been about as consistent as the stock market in the 1930's. After the worst loss of the Lavin era against Butler last Tuesday, the Red Storm put together their best game of the season Saturday afternoon at Madison Square Garden...
Via College Hoops Digest
February 07, 2015  |  Discuss

DePaul-Butler Preview

Butler didn't have much success establishing Hinkle Fieldhouse as a home-court advantage in its first season in the Big East, but lately conference opponents are getting a good idea of how tough it can be to win in the historic venue. The 22nd-ranked Bulldogs continue a home-heavy stretch Saturday against surprisingly improved DePaul looking to win five straight overall and five...
Via AP on Fox
February 06, 2015  |  Discuss

St. John's center Chris Obekpa ejected for elbowing Butler player in head (Video)

St. John's Red Storm junior center Chris Obekpa was ejected in the first half of Tuesday night's game for elbowing Butler freshman Tyler Wideman in the head.In the video, you can see in the lower right corner where Obekpa delivers the cheap shot to Wideman, then runs away while Wideman goes down in pain. After reviewing the play with video replay, referees gave Obekpa a Flagrant...
Via Holdout Sports
February 03, 2015  |  Discuss

St. John's holds off Providence's 2nd half rally, 75-66

NEW YORK (AP) Sir'Dominic Pointer had 20 points, seven rebounds and five assists to help St. John's beat Providence 75-66 on Saturday. Pointer was 6 of 9 from the field and 7 of 8 from the free throw line. Phil Greene IV scored 16 points for St. John's (14-7, 3-5 Big East) and Rysheed Jordan added 14. Chris Obekpa had eight points, nine rebounds and six blocks. D'Angelo Harrison...
Via AP on Fox
January 31, 2015  |  Discuss

Depth Perception: Villanova Defeats a Depleted St. John's Team 90-72

Darrun Hilliard Had 17 Points in the 2nd Half/cbssports.comby Josh Adams@NCAAHoopsDigestThere is an interminable fact about the 2014-15 St. John's basketball team. No matter how much of a warrior D'Angelo Harrison is on the court or Chris Obekpa blocks shots and throws down monster dunks the Red Storm have no depth on the bench. This weakness was exploited again Tuesday night as...
Via College Hoops Digest
January 07, 2015  |  Discuss

No. 17 St. John's tops Long Beach, 10-1 for 1st time in 24 years

  St. John's is in a place it has not been in well over two decades, but Red Storm coach Steve Lavin isn't jumping up and down in celebration. No. 17 ranked St. John's beat Long Beach State 66-49 on Monday night to improve to 10-1. The last time the Red Storm began a season 10-1 was the 1990-91. That team finished the season with a 23-9 record before losing to then-No. 2 Duke in...
Via AP on Fox
December 22, 2014  |  Discuss

No. 17 St. John's beats Long Beach State 66-49

NEW YORK (AP) Chris Obekpa scored 16 points, had eight rebounds and seven blocked shots to lead No. 17 St. John's to a 66-49 win over Long Beach State Monday night. With the win, St. John's improved to 10-1 on the season. The last time the Red Storm began a season 10-1 was the 1990-91. That team finished the season with a 23-9 record before losing to then-No. 2 Duke in the Midwest...
Via AP on Fox
December 22, 2014  |  Discuss

Saint Mary's (Cal)-St. John's Preview

Four years ago, Steve Lavin began his coaching tenure at St. John's with a loss at Saint Mary's. With a home victory over the Gaels on Friday night, the No. 20 Red Storm will match the program's best start since the season before Lavin arrived in Queens. Since Lavin took over the program in 2010, St. John's (8-1) has recorded two 20-win seasons and in his first season returned to...
Via AP on Fox
December 18, 2014  |  Discuss

Big East – The Week That Was

Send to Kindle Credit: Vincent Dusovic Three for the Polls Three Big East teams cracked the AP Top 25 for the first time since the conference’s relaunch in July 2013.  St. John’s, on the strength of a pair double digit wins over Niagara (70-57) and Syracuse (69-57) at Madison Square Garden, joined Villanova (#7) and Butler (#15) in the AP poll at #24. The Red Storm followed...
Via College Chalktalk
December 17, 2014  |  Discuss

Top 25 Rankings for the Week of Dec. 15

Photo: Andy Lyons / Getty Images North America 1. Kentucky (11-0). Last week: 1 Kentucky blew past UNC for another double-digit victory. The Wildcats face UCLA in Chicago this week. 2. Duke (8-0). Last week: 2 Duke hosts Elon Monday in its first home game of December. The Blue Devils are back on the road Thursday, playing Connecticut in New Jersey. 3. Arizona (10-0). Last...
Via The Catch and Shoot
December 15, 2014  |  Discuss

Fordham-St. John's Preview

Despite being grateful for its first Top 25 appearance in four seasons, St. John's is certainly not satisfied with the accomplishment. The No. 24 Red Storm look to continue their strong start Sunday against Fordham at Madison Square Garden. Off to the program's best start since the 2009-10 team went 9-1, St. John's (7-1) returned to the Top 25 this week for the first time since it...
Via AP on Fox
December 13, 2014  |  Discuss

Harrison scores 26, leads No. 24 St. John's past Fairleigh Dickinson

  D'Angelo Harrison scored 26 points, Phil Greene IV had 16 and No. 24 St. John's beat Fairleigh Dickinson 74-52 on Wednesday night. Sir'Dominic Pointer added 12 points and Chris Obekpa had 10 points and 12 rebounds for the Red Storm (7-1) in their first game as a ranked team since 2011. St. John's returned to the Top 25 this week after a 12-point victory at Syracuse last Saturday...
Via AP on Fox
December 11, 2014  |  Discuss

Harrison leads No. 24 St. John's past FDU 74-52

NEW YORK (AP) D'Angelo Harrison scored 26 points, Phil Greene IV had 16 and No. 24 St. John's beat Fairleigh Dickinson 74-52 on Wednesday night. Sir'Dominic Pointer added 12 points and Chris Obekpa had 10 points and 12 rebounds for the Red Storm (7-1) in their first game as a ranked team since 2011. St. John's returned to the Top 25 this week after a 12-point victory at Syracuse...
Via AP on Fox
December 10, 2014  |  Discuss

Big East Power Rankings: Villanova looking like national title contender

The Big East is off to an amazing start and appears to have seven teams capable of making the NCAA Tournament. Almost one month into the season, here is how the 10 teams in the league are stacking up. 1. Villanova (8-0) Villanova already has good wins against VCU and Michigan, and the Wildcats can get another Tuesday against Illinois at the Jimmy V Classic. These guys are ranked...
Via The Catch and Shoot
December 09, 2014  |  Discuss
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