RTC Live: St. John’s @ Notre DamePosted by rtmsf on January 8th, 2011
Game #97. The suddenly relevant Johnnies travel to Notre Dame on this evening to try to keep their perfect Big East record intact.
Steve Lavin’s St. John’s squad comes into South Bend with a 3-0 record in the Big East with wins versus West Virginia, Providence, and Georgetown. One month ago, this start could not have been predicted due to the Red Storm dropping early games versus lowly St. Bonaventure and Fordham. Mike Brey’s Fighting Irish squad stands at 2-1 in the Big East with wins versus Georgetown and Connecticut and a loss at undefeated Syracuse. Fighting Irish seniors Tim Abromaitis and Ben Hansbrough will look to lead the offense and offset the loss caused by a hamstring injury to senior forward Carleton Scott. The Red Storm attack will be led by senior guard Dwight Hardy and senior forward Justin Brownlee. If Notre Dame’s thin frontcourt of Abromaitis, Tyrone Nash, and Jack Cooley can effectively guard the post then the Fighting Irish would have to be viewed as favorites in this key early conference matchup.