By Jason Schott – Daly Dose of Hoops Contributor - Twitter @JESchott19
St. John’s Head Coach Steve Lavin will be ready to lead his team into a tough Big East Conference schedule. It was released on Wednesday, September 5th, and there are plenty of great matchups to look forward to.
St. John’s opens the Big East part of the schedule with two road contests, as they play at Villanova on Wednesday, January 2nd and Cincinnati on January 5th.
|St. John's Head Coach Steve Lavin being interviewed by |
ESPN's Len Elmore after the Red Storm beat Lehigh on
November 9th, one of four games Lavin coached
last season. Photo by Jason Schott
They then return home for a nice stretch of home games at Madison Square Garden starting with regional rival Rutgers on Wednesday, January 9th. That is followed by an 11:00 AM tip-off on Saturday, January 12th against Georgetown at Madison Square Garden, where Hoyas fans will be out in force. Three days later, on January 15th, they will face the Notre Dame Fighting Irish, whom they have beaten the past two seasons at The Garden.
They go back on the road for games at DePaul on January 19th and down to Piscataway, NJ for a battle at the RAC with Rutgers on January 23rd. That is followed by another regional matchup with Seton Hall at home on Sunday, January 27th. They face DePaul again, this time at Carnesecca Arena, on January 30th with tip-off at 9:00 pm.
On Groundhog Day, February 2nd, the Red Storm travel to Washington, D.C. for a battle with Georgetown. The game tips off at 4:00 pm and will be on CBS.
They return home on February 6th for a game with Connecticut, who is banned from postseason competition this year. That may not be the big matchup that college basketball fans have become accustomed to.
They follow that up with their toughest week of the season, as they travel up to the Carrier Dome for a game with the Syracuse Orange, the Big East Conference Regular Season Champions, on Sunday, February 10th.
|Louisville's celebration after winning the 2012 Big East|
Tournament. Photo by Jason Schott
That is followed up by a trip to Louisville on Valentine’s Day, February 14th. Louisville made a surprise run to win the Big East Tournament and made the Final Four.
The Red Storm then have practically a week off before hosting USF, who made the NCAA Tournament last year, on February 20th. They stay home for a battle with Pittsburgh on Sunday, February 24th. Pittsburgh will be looking to make up for a disappointing 2011-12 campaign and anytime St. John’s plays Pitt, can’t help thinking about Dwight Hardy’s Baryshnikov shot on February 19, 2011 in a big Red Storm win.
The Red Storm then hit the road for games at Providence on March 2nd and Notre Dame on March 5th before closing out the regular season at home against Marquette on March 9th.
To see the entire St. John's schedule, click here for this link from RedStormSports.com: http://www.redstormsports.com/sports/m-baskbl/spec-rel/090512aaa.html