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Last season was good to the New York City metro-area college basketball teams as four squads (Stony Brook, St. John's, Iona, LIU Brooklyn) made post season appearances.
Will there be a repeat of that success? You can make a strong case for it. Stony Brook and St. John's are loaded, while Iona returns five of its top seven scorers. LIU Brooklyn returns one of the nation's top passers, while...Read more »
You can count the YES Network as "all-in" for college sports.
The regional sports channel announced it has reached an agreement with Fox Sports to televise ACC basketball and football games and Big East basketball games this fall.
YES will broadcast up to 10 ACC football games and at least 23 men’s basketball games and select women’s games. YES will also carry up to 10 Big...Read more »
Syracuse coach Jim Boeheim has spent the past season alternately bemoaning the forces of realignment that have destroyed his beloved Big East Conference and fencing with reporters questioning whether the 68-year-old coach is committed to leading the Orange into the Atlantic Coast Conference.
Those emotions came to a head Saturday night in the Georgia Dome after the Orange lost their national...Read more »
Russ Smith and his Louisville teammates got to meet former President Bill Clinton Thursday night after their 74-55 Big East quarterfinal victory over Villanova, but that was a mere footnote to Smith on the day one of the most important men he’d ever met died.
As a faithful alum of Archbishop Molloy, Smith placed a friendly call to the athletic offices of the Queens school on Thursday morning...Read more »
The referees might have succeeded in quieting down Cincinnati coach Mick Cronin when they hit him with a technical during the Bearcats’ 62-43 loss to Georgetown in the Big East quarterfinals Thursday afternoon, but his Irish passion came out in the postgame press conference when asked for his thoughts on the impending Big East breakup.
Cronin got right to the point. “The whole thing is tragic,”...Read more »
St. John’s coach Steve Lavin found it difficult to reflect on the end of the traditional Big East conference in the immediate aftermath of the Red Storm’s 66-53 second-round loss to Villanova in the league tournament Wednesday night at Madison Square Garden. And really, Lavin has just three years coaching in the league and sat out most of last season recovering from prostate cancer surgery.
But...Read more »
In his second season at Providence, Ed Cooley finally began to see dividends as the Friars produced a 7-2 stretch run and eighth-place finish in the Big East heading into the conference tournament. The Friars couldn’t sustain it in a 61-44 second-round loss to Cincinnati Wednesday afternoon at Madison Square Garden, and with an NCAA bid out of the question, Cooley made it clear his 17-14 team has...Read more »
Two St. John's men's basketball players and one Notre Dame player were suspended for a game each following a fight at the end of their game Tuesday.
Sir'Dominic Pointer of St. John's and Notre Dame's Cameron Biedscheid were both ejected immediately after exchanging blows at the end of Notre Dame's 66-40 win in Souith Bend, Ind. Amir Garrett of St. John's was also ejected or leaving the bench.
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St. John’s University
Last year: 8-7
Coach: Jason Miller (29-54)
Players to Watch: A: Big East preseason player of the year Kieran McArdle (28 goals, 32 assists), Kevin Cernuto (24,11). M: Dillon Ayers (65 groundballs), Brandon Ayers (21), Ryan Fitzgerald (13 g, 3 a). D: Joe Addona (19 groundballs, 16 caused turnovers) G: Jeff Lowman; Face-off: Jordan Rothman (.508 percent, 59...Read more »
St. John's junior Kieran McArdle was selected the Big East preseason offensive lacrosse player of the year, the conference announced.
McArdle, a graduate of Connetquot High School, had 28 goals and 32 assists last season.
His 60 points were the most since the program was reinstated in 2005. St. John's was selected to finish third in the conference behind Syracuse and Notre Dame....Read more »