Lavin ready for 'surreal' homecoming

St. John's skip to step foot in UCLA's Pauley Pavilion for first time as opposing coach

Updated: February 4, 2011, 2:31 PM ET
By Kieran Darcy | ESPNNewYork.com

NEW YORK -- The 200th and final nonconference game of the regular season involving a Big East school is perhaps the most intriguing matchup of them all.

Saturday, St. John's and first-year head coach Steve Lavin -- the former head coach of UCLA -- will be at Pauley Pavilion in Los Angeles to take on the Bruins, led by the man who replaced Lavin after he was fired in 2003, Ben Howland.

It's almost too delicious to be true. But the game was actually scheduled before Lavin got his new ...

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