Tonight (Wednesday) is a big night for the St. John's men's team.

The Red Storm (12-5, 2-3 Big East) square off against a Jim Calhoun-less Connecticut team in Storrs. Why is it important? St. John's has a chance to reach the .500 mark after six games in conference play for the first time since the 2005-2006 season when they were 3-3.

Before that, the only time the Red Storm were at or above .500 after six conference games in the last nine years was during the 2001-02 season when they were 4-2.

These days . 500 has become a bench mark for the Big East. Most of the time, a 9-9 finish and 20 wins will get you into the NCAA tournament.

St. John's has a long way to go, but with 13 games left, is an 8-5 finish too much to ask? With Anthony Mason getting himself back into playing shape, who knows?

It certainly won't be easy. After Connecticut, the Red Storm hosts Villanova and travels to Pittsburgh. Needless to say, St. John's coach Norm Roberts tried his best not to look ahead.

 "To win any of those games would be good for us. But those are the games that you have to win to move up in the league...No matter where they are, home or away," St. John's coach Norm Roberts said. "It would be a great statement if we could do that...We have to take it one day at a time and one game at a time."

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Connecticut (11-6, 2-3) has lost three in a row and has fallen into a three-way tie for 10th in the league with the Red Storm and Marquette, but no one from St. John's is taking the Huskies lightly.

"Hall of fame coach, historic program, great players," said St. John's forward Justin Burrell. "I think they have the most pros in the league."

Game info

Time /  TV: 7:00 p.m. / ESPN 360

Photo credit: Newsday / Jason DeCrow