St. John's, which won at Providence on New Year's Day to up its conference record to 2–0, will play eight more games in the month of January — every last one of them against a team in the Top 25 (in the coaches poll, at least). That stretch begins tonight against No. 13 Georgetown at the Garden, and while it's not quite Lou Carnesecca leading his Redmen into a classic matchup again the John Thompson/Patrick Ewing Hoyas, it's the biggest opportunity yet for St. John's to earn points with the Selection Committee and prove it can hold its own in a stacked Big East. By the way: As of today, Joe Lunardi has the Johnnies in the Tournament — and they're not even one of his last four in. They're one of ten (!) Big East schools on his 68-team bracket.
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