Every college basketball season is supposedly the campaign the St. John’s Red Storm will reach some high level of expectations put on it by media. Forever a Big East Conference sleeping giant, usually the proud program fails in achieving such a task.
This season, following what is widely considered a weak non-conference schedule, most realized the importance of the Johnnies doing well when league play began. Following a hiccup to begin that journey, St. John’s walloped the Marquette Golden Eagles on Tuesday night, earning some praise for their opponents in the process.
“Offensively, they’re a juggernaut,” Marquette coach Steve Wojciechowski said. “You’re looking at one of the top 20 teams in the country.”
Shamorie Ponds scored 26 points for the St. John’s Red Storm.
Having previously lost to the Seton Hall Pirates in questionable fashion, the win over Marquette improved St. John’s record to 13-1 on the season. More importantly, it gives the Red Storm one of their very few quality wins on the season.
As for the offensive juggernaut stuff, the former floor-slapping Duke point guard (turned coach, because of course) is not wrong. St. John’s is 24th in the nation in total points per game, averaging a shade under 84 per contest.
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