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Steve Lavin: 'I enjoy the riddle'

St. John's head coach Steve Lavin talks to

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There’s no joy in losing for any coach. But unlike the panic and frustration St. John’s fans might feel after a 0-5 start in Big East play, things look different from the head coach’s seat.

Coach Steve Lavin on Saturday night acknowledged feeling as if he were “in the desert with no oasis in sight.” But in the next breath, he added, “I enjoy the challenge of this riddle in terms of getting...

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Rysheed Jordan takes command

St. John's Rysheed Jordan takes an inside shot.

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Highly recruited freshman point guard Rysheed Jordan has had moments this season that hint at his promise for St. John’s. There was his 13-point effort and tough defense in a loss to No. 2 Syracuse and his career-high 17 points in a loss at Xavier.

But the Philadelphia native really stepped up against a foe from his hometown in the Red Storm’s 74-67 loss to No. 8 Villanova Saturday afternoon...

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WBB Metro Poll: SJU 1, Hofstra 5th

Connecticut's Caroline Doty, left, guards St. John's Eugeneia

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The top three remained in place this week. Sacred Heart jumped up one spot after a 77-64 win over Yale. Hofstra is up two places after a 13-point win over Fordham, which held steady at sixth. Iona is up on spot to seventh, while St. Francis surges into the poll for the first time this season despite of tough loss at St. John’s. Army is also in the poll for the first time, while Stony Brook is 10th...

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WBB Metro Poll: SJU 1, HOF 7, SBU 10

Hofstra guard Andreana Thomas controls the ball against

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St. John’s begins the season as the top team in the Metro Hoops poll. After a 25-point, 13-rebound performance by Aliyyah Hanford in the Red Storm’s season-opening win against Sacred Heart, they will be a hard team to supplant. Rutgers, Seton Hall and Marist make out the top four, while Sacred Heart sits at No. 5.

Fordham and Hofstra are sixth and seventh, followed by Iona, Quinnipiac and...

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Metro Hoops Poll: SBU 1, SJU 3rd

Anthony Jackson of the Stony Brook Seawolves guards

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After a 2-0 start to the season, Stony Brook begins the season as the top season in the Newsday Metro Hoops Poll. Manhattan, after an impressive double overtime win over La Salle, checks in at No. 2, while St. John’s sits at 0-3 despite a loss to Wisconsin to opens its season. St. Francis starts the season at No. 5 after an impressive 66-62 OT win over Miami, while LIU-Brooklyn takes the fifth spot...

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Local hoops teams ready to go

D'Angelo Harrison dribbles the ball during the first

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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...

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St. John's Obekpa suspended

Chris Obekpa goes hard to the rim in

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St. John’s sophomore center Chris Obekpa was suspended for the Red Storm’s Tip-Off as well as the team’s two exhibition games against San Francisco State scheduled for Nov. 2 and 3, the University announced Friday. The 6-9 graduate of Our Savior New American was suspended for university policy.

“We expect our student-athletes to conduct themselves in a responsible manner in representing St....

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WBB: St. John's to play in Maggie Dixon Classic

St. John's head coach Joe Tartamella reacts to

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St. John’s will play in the Maggie Dixon Classic on December 22 at Madison Square Garden for the third straight season, the school announced Monday. It will be the third straight season the Red Storm will play in the Classic.

St. John’s will face Texas A&M at 11:00 a.m. Reigning NCAA champion Connecticut will face California in the second game.

The Classic is held in memory of former...

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Rysheed Jordan commit is big St. John’s win

Steve Lavin of the St. John's Red Storm

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The pieces are falling into place for St. John’s coach Steve Lavin, who landed the most important one yet when Philadelphia point guard Rysheed Jordan verbally committed to the Red Storm Thursday morning. With the help of top recruiter Tony Chiles, Lavin essentially wooed Jordan out from under the nose of Temple coach Fran Dunphy as well as third finalist UCLA, Lavin’s former employer.

That’s...

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Steve Lavin, Jay Wright look forward to new Big East

St. John's head coach Steve Lavin calls out

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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...

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