Thursday, August 25, 2016

St. John's Releases Non-conference Schedule

Carnesecca Arena. Photo by Jason Schott
The St. John’s Red Storm announced their men's basketball out-of-conference schedule on Thursday.
The Red Storm has a 13-game docket lined up against non-league opponents in 2016-17, and it includes marquee contests in the Battle 4 Atlantis, Gavitt Tipoff Games, and a road game with longtime rival Syracuse.
The first couple months of the season features seven local dates and appearances in three of New York City’s boroughs.

Chris Mullin will be entering his second season at the helm, and the 110th season of St. John’s basketball tips off on Nov. 11 at Carnesecca Arena against Bethune Cookman.
Three days later, the Red Storm returns to its home court in Queens to take on Binghamton on November 14 for the opening round game of the Battle 4 Atlantis, which they will compete in November 23-25.
St. John’s travels to Minneapolis for the second annual Gavitt Tipoff Games to square off with Minnesota on November 18, one of three Big Ten opponents on the schedule. It will be the program’s fourth all-time meeting with the Golden Gophers in a series that dates back to 1994. Most recently, St. John’s topped Minnesota, 70-61, at Madison Square Garden in the 2014 NIT Season Tip-Off.
The Battle 4 Atlantis, which will take place at Atlantis, Paradise Island, Bahamas features an eight-team field.
St. John’s begins the three-day event with reigning Big Ten champion Michigan State on November 23 inside Imperial Arena airing live on AXS TV. Nearly four decades since their last meeting, St. John’s and Michigan State will square off for only the third time in the history of the storied college basketball programs.
St. John’s second game at the Battle 4 Atlantis on November 24 will be against another 2016 NCAA Tournament participant, either Baylor or VCU.
The opposite side of the bracket includes Louisville, LSU, Wichita State and Old Dominion.
The 2016 Battle 4 Atlantis field has combined for 169 NCAA Tournament appearances, including St. John’s 28 trips to the Big Dance.
The Red Storm returns to Queens for three of its next four contests. St. John’s hosts Delaware State on November 29, Cal State Northridge on December 5, and Fordham on December 8 at Carnesecca Arena. A road game at Tulane is scheduled for Dec. 2.
St. John’s will participate in the 2016 Brooklyn Hoops Winter Festival doubleheader at Barclays Center on December 11. The Red Storm takes on LIU Brooklyn and Kentucky faces Hofstra.
Following a week layoff from outside competition, the Johnnies will make their season-debut at “The World’s Most Famous Arena” against Penn State on Dec. 18 in the Madison Square Garden Holiday Festival.
St. John’s wraps up the non-conference portion of the schedule at the Carrier Dome on Dec. 21 for the 91st all-time meeting with Syracuse. It is the Red Storm’s first trip back to Central New York since downing the Orange, 69-57, on Dec. 6, 2014. Last season, Mullin’s squad knocked off Final Four bound Syracuse, 84-72, at MSG.

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