St. John’s (21-12, 8-10 Big East) was “the last team in” as said on CBS’s NCAA Tournament bracket reveal broadcast. They are an 11-seed in the West Region and will face fellow 11-seed Arizona State.
“Historically and traditionally this is what St. John’s has always been,” said fourth-year head coach Chris Mullin shortly after the Red Storm celebrated making the Big Dance. “To get back to that point, I’m happy for my players, first and foremost.”
St. John’s defeated DePaul this past Wednesday on night one of the Big East Tournament before losing to two-seed Marquette, 86-54, less than 24 hours later. As a result, their chances of making the tournament were in jeopardy.
“I’m just extremely, extremely excited,” guard Shamorie Ponds told reporters. “I feel like this is what we worked all year for, and we finally get the opportunity to take advantage of it.”
“It’s definitely a huge goal,” added Marvin Clark II. “It’s something that nobody can ever take away from us. I probably won’t really feel it until we’re making that flight.”
The Red Storm earn their third NCAA Tournament bid since 2011, and their first under Mullin. The game against Arizona State, which is coached by the legendary Bobby Hurley, will take place on Wednesday night at 9:10 p.m. in Dayton, Ohio.
A win would advance St. John’s to face six-seeded Buffalo on Friday.