12:00 PM ET, February 19, 2011
Madison Square Garden, New York, New York
NEW YORK -- Madison Square Garden has been a second home to St. John's basketball teams over the last eight decades.This current team has turned the building at 33rd Street and Eighth Avenue into a house of horrors for highly ranked teams.The latest of the Red Storm's five wins over teams regarded as the best in the country was a heart-stopping, come-from-behind thriller over No. 4 Pittsburgh that has the players thinking of joining the ranks of the ranked themselves."I can't wait," St. John's forward Justin Burrell said of the Red Storm moving into the top 25. "It's been a long four years without that number. We deserve to see that number."It's actually been just over a decade since St. John's was in The Associated Press poll.
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Coach Steve Lavin and St. John's feel right at home at the Garden. The Red Storm are 5-1 at home against ranked foes this season, winning by an average of 6.2 points a game.
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Team Stat Comparison
|FG Made-Attempted||21-46 (.457)||17-40 (.425)|
|3P Made-Attempted||7-18 (.389)||3-7 (.429)|
|FT Made-Attempted||10-18 (.556)||23-32 (.719)|
|Fouls (Tech/Flagrant)||26 (0/0)||17 (0/0)|
|» Feb 19, 2011||@SJU 60, PITT 59||Recap|
Next 5 Games
From Elias: St. John's has defeated 5 ranked teams at MSG -- and all 5 of them were at least 10 games over .500 coming into the game. Madison Square Garden's other basketball inhabitants - the Knicks - have not won 5 home games in a single season against teams that were 10 games over .500 since they won 7 such games in the 2000-01 season. That was 11 seasons ago.
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