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St. John's and Syracuse to resume rivalry

Scoop Jardine of the Syracuse Orange celebrates during

(Credit: Jim McIsaac)

St. John’s will continue its rivalry with ACC-bound Syracuse through the 2014-2015 season, the schools announced Wednesday.

The 100-year-old rivalry will resume at Madison Square Garden on December 15, 2013 and continue at the Carrier Dome the following season on a date to be determined.

“The St. John's-Syracuse rivalry is one of the classic matchups in college basketball,” St. John’s...

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Moe Harkless visits St. John’s

Gerald Wallace #45 of the Brooklyn Nets defends

(Credit: Jim McIsaac)

Steve Lavin’s dream of having Moe Harkless and JaKarr Sampson together on the floor at Carnesecca Arena finally came true Tuesday afternoon. The only problem is that, while freshman Sampson was practicing, Harkless was just dropping in for a visit while in the area with the Orlando Magic.

St. John’s first “one-and-done” player was drafted 15th by Philadelphia last spring and then traded in...

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WBB Metro Poll: St. John's 4th, SBU 10th

There was no change amongst the top seven this week. Stony Brook dropped two places to 10th, while Sacred Heart and Fairfield each moved up one place.

1. Quinnipiac (17-2) 2. Princeton (10-5) 3. Marist (12-6) 4. St. John’s (9-9) 5. Rutgers (11-8) 6. Army (15-5) 7. Fordham (14-6) 8. Fairfield (12-7) 9. Sacred Heart (13-7) 10. Stony Brook (11-9)

Area Teams Army, Columbia, Fairfield, FDU,...

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Metro Poll: Stony Brook No. 1, SJU 2nd

Anthony Jackson of Stony Brook drives against Maine's

(Credit: Joseph D. Sullivan)

Stony Brook moves into the top spot after winning for the seventh time in eight games on Saturday. St. John’s moved up one place to second after winning four straight, while Iona jumped one place to third. Rutgers fell three spots to fourth after dropping three straight games. Seton Hall is up one place and Wagner vaulted three places to sixth.

Princeton and Columbia held at seventh and eighth,...

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St. John's back in NCAA picture

Chris Obekpa of the St. John's Red Storm

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Thanks to a four-game winning streak St. John’s is right back in the NCAA picture. The Red Storm improved to 13-7 and 5-3 in the Big East and host DePaul (10-9, 1-5) on Wednesday.

If anyone within the St. John’s community is thinking NCAA Tournament, they have good reason to. The Red Storm has all the pieces to make a run and earn either an at-large bid or the automatic berth by winning the...

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D'Angelo Harrison playing for imprisoned brother

D'Angelo Harrison (11) of the St. John's Red

(Credit: Jim McIsaac)

Barring injury, St. John's sophomore guard D'Angelo Harrison should pass the 1,000-point mark for his young career in the next three or four games. He scored 24 Sunday afternoon at Madison Square Garden to lead the Red Storm's 71-67 win over Seton Hall and push his career total to 940 points.

Harrison said he's not thinking about that benchmark number because he's focused on winning enough...

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Eric McAlister: Stony Brook’s X factor?

Stony Brook's Eric McAllister dunks off an alley

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Without a doubt, defense and rebounding have been the trademark of Steve Pikiell’s Stony Brook basketball teams, but this season, Pikiell has his deepest and most diverse offense ever. In the Seawolves’ 79-69 victory over Maine on Saturday afternoon at Pritchard Gym, 6-8 starting forward Eric McAlister, who is averaging 4.7 points, demonstrated his potential with a career-high 22 points.

Perhaps...

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Some mid-majors will be left out of tourney

Gonzaga's Robert Sacre (0) leaves the court after

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Anyone looking for the next Cinderella squad can just keep on looking, because you aren’t likely to find many mid or low majors equipped to make a run.

The Atlantic-10, thanks to the addition of VCU and Butler, could end up with as many as five teams in the NCAA Tournament. But we aren’t going to include the A-10 in this piece because it’s a league that sends multiple teams to the tournament...

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Hoops coaches would support local tournament

Hofstra's #3 Steve Mejia shoots for two points

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The New York City Metro-area is stacked with NCAA Division I basketball programs, with nine programs combined in New York City and Long Island alone.

Depending on what radius is set, there are at least 20 Division I programs within reasonable driving distance of the New York City.

Several coaches and media members have asked the question: Why not a tournament involving the area teams?

Between...

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Stony Brook back in first place

Connecticut's Omar Calhoun, left, attempts to block the

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Stony Brook is back in first place in the America East. But how long will it last? You can’t afford to take a night off these days no matter who the opponent is.

The America East was put on notice after Maine’s 71-68 home win over Vermont on Tuesday night that any team can lose. Vermont knocked off Stony Brook two days earlier and took over first place in the America East.

On paper,...

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