7. St. John's Red Storm
If you said Georgetown and St. John’s would be just about on par with each other at this point of the season, you would get plenty of confused looks your way. But now the most hyped up story in all of college basketball, Rick Pitino to St. John’s, college basketball glory returning to New York City, that is all in danger of being a failed experiment.
Pitino’s non-conference performance has been disappointing for the Johnnies, they have tough losses to Michigan, Dayton, and Boston College, and played close against North Texas early in the year. For a team that had aspirations of being one of the top teams in the conference, this is not what they imagined their season to look like.
Pitino completely changed the roster when he arrived on campus, and the big stay was Joel Soriano, who has been a star with 18.5 points and 10.5 rebounds per game. But it just appears that the same story as last year is showing up, Soriano needs help around him or else he will have to will this team to victory.
Jordan Dingle and Daniss Jenkins have been solid, but this roster is not putting together the performance that it expects each and every night. The Pitino hire looked to bring about a sped-up rebuild, but now there is nothing but question marks as to how Big East play is going to go. every
Things can change once Big East play rolls around, and Pitino can out-coach just about everybody in this conference, but the talent disparity is hard to ignore. 7-3 is not a bad record by any stretch of the imagination, but time will tell if this St. John’s team will live up to preseason expectations in the next few months.