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As per LoVett's Instagram story, it looks like he's headed out west.
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ASU over Kansas, Hurley boys can recruit & coach.
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Marley Paul
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St. John’s legend Mark Jackson shouted out Chris Mullin & @StJohnsBBall on ESPN just now. #sjubb

Said he’ll be at Staples Center on Friday for game vs. Arizona State
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I am not sure where ASU will be ranked in the next poll but it is going to be in the top ten. Based on last week, where five of the nine undefeated teams in the top 25 lost at least one time and ASU beat both St. John's in the Staples Center and Kansas at Allen Fieldhouse by double digits, ASU should be a top five or six team. They have four very good wins on their resume (Xavier and Kansas State in addition to St. John's and Kansas). Additionally winning against Kansas when they are playing at home is a rare and difficult thing to do.

St. John's loss to ASU was frustrating but make no mistake they did not hurt their resume by being competitive with this team until the last two minutes. ASU is very good and Hurley is doing a great job there.

St. John's needs to stay healthy, continue to play tough defense night in and night out and share the ball. If they do this they should be able to get enough quality wins to have a tournament worthy resume.

It could be argued that if we had not fallen apart twice late against zone defenses that we could have won either of the two games we lost this year. So far this season the cup is half full for me.

https://www.azcentral.com/story/sports/ncaab/asu/2017/12/10/asu-basketball-kansas-game/938845001/
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This isn't a loss to feel bad about regardless of the score. A missed opportunity for sure but not a loss to feel bad about. Loved the way they attacked the paint in the second half and they need to do that in big east play because that will set up the outside shot. Bashir's 4th foul was bullhit call but that 5th foul was beyond bad and you have to be more aware to avoid that. The missed pass to ponds was total momentum killer and so was Hurley switching to Zone. It was like we didnt know what to do. Got to hit foul shots.

But this wasn't a bad loss by any stretch
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Overall good effort coming back & defending very well in second half. Get LoVett back, win the remaining two out of conference games & run Providence out of the gym in BE opener, setting tone for nice season. Team has some warts, but appears to have enough weapons offensively, more of a commitment to defend & grit.
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This was a game in three parts. For the first 17 minutes or so ASU dominated the game with quick offense and ball movement and built a 44-26 lead.

Then for the the next 21 minutes or so St. John's began to assert its defensive will and ASU started to wilt under pressure becoming discombobulated and not being able to run an effective offense. St. John's won this part of the game 44 to 27 and had cut the lead to one with under three minutes to go.

Then after a very bad turnover by Simon (when St. John's was about to take its first lead in the second half) ASU was able to get a couple of key buckets and St. John's was not able to effectively attack an ASU zone that Hurley went to late. This was followed by a parade of foul shots and it all added up to ASU finishing the last two and a half minutes of the game on an 11-0 run.

Without Lovett and with Ponds cold from the field St. John's was able to come from behind by imposing its will with defense. From where I sit this is a really good sign of things to come.

Despite bad free throw shooting and struggles on offense we could have won this game against an undefeated nationally ranked team. All of this was accomplished despite missing our second leading scorer with an injury and having our first and third leading scorers have terrible shooting nights. Additionally we played with six of our available eight players battling foul trouble for significant sections of the game.

It is also important to note that both Clark and Owens really came up very big tonight and kept us close.

The one thing I think we need to address going forward is our ability to recognize and attack a zone defense. Our inability to do that late were main factors in our loss to both Missouri and ASU.
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Finish out preseason with 10 wins and a winning big east season is a reasonable expectation. This would put the Program ahead of schedule for year three.

Clark and Simon have transformed the team into a tougher more competitive group.

When was the last time a johnny team did not have a bad loss in preseason? There's usually a couple of them by now.

Hope I did not put the jinx on them.


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