St. John's swing man D.J. Kennedy made the weekly Big East honor roll six times this past season, which was the second-highest total in the conference behind South Florida's Dominique Jones, who earned seven mentions. He also led the Red Storm in scoring (15.3 points), rebounding (6.2) and assists (3.0), and yet, he did not receive so much as honorable mention on the all-Big East teams voted by the coaches.

It's a tough league, and kennedy has plenty of company on the list of players who were ignored, including Syracuse sixth man Kris Joseph, who is one of the most dynamic players in the country. Nonetheless, 19 players were honored ahead of Kennedy despite his record of consistency.

Heading into this afternoon's first-round tournament game against Connecticut, Kennedy admitted the snub bothered him. "I felt like I had an okay year to be mentioned," Kennedy said yesterday. "But look at the players on the team. It comes down to winning at the end of the day."

The Red Storm finished with a 16-14 regular-season record but was only 6-12 in league play. Coach Norm Roberts might be in danger of losing his job, but Kennedy said, "We don't talk much about that. We've got nothing to do with that. We're just trying to play as hard as we can for him and get a rematch with Marquette."

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The Storm was burned at home by Marquette on an overtime buzzerbeater by Jimmy Butler. If they upset UConn, they would face the Golden Eagles Wednesday. Forward Sean Evans said the Red Storm still is holding out hope of extending the season beyond the Big East tourney.

"In the back of our minds, we know if we win two or three games we can possible get into a postseason tournament," Evans said of a possible NIT bid. "We showed we can play with anybody. Sometimes, we didn't finish, but we're neck-and-neck with everybody."