Adam Zagoria covers basketball at all levels. He is the author of two books and an award-winning journalist whose articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Sports Illustrated, Basketball Times and in newspapers nationwide.
In this year of the incredibly soft bubble, St. John’s appears in the NCAA Tournament despite having gone under .500 in the Big East Conference and losing 4-of-5 entering the Big East Tournament.
“I don’t understand the doubt about St. John’s,” CBSSports bracketologist Jerry Palm told me last week. “I’ve been asked about them more than any other team in the last day or so.”
He went on to add that St. John’s (20-11, 8-10 Big East) has six Quadrant-1 wins. Both Palm and ESPN’s Joe Lunardi currently have the Red Storm as an 11 seed in the Big Dance.
When I asked head coach Chris Mullin on Monday if he believed his team was headed to the NCAA Tournament, he said, “Yeah, I think we got a lot of work to do. The big picture goals are nice to have but we always focus on what we need to do to succeed.”