Time for Johnnies to Stop the Bleeding
by John Jastremski
Jan 29, 2019 | 3470 views | 0 0 comments | 396 396 recommendations | email to a friend | print
As the clock hit 0:00 at Madison Square Garden on Sunday afternoon, it brought about a somber reality for fans of the St John’s Red Storm.

The reality is a record that now stands at 3-5 in a mediocre Big East Conference.

The good vibes from the strong start to the season have vanished. The national ranking from a couple weeks back is nothing more than a distant memory.

How has it gone wrong for St John’s over these last few weeks? How is a team that should be on top of the Big East Standings just 3-5 in conference play with home losses to mediocre Depaul and Georgetown squads.

Fair or unfair, a lot of that responsibility falls on fourth-year head coach and St. John’s legend Chris Mullin.

After all, college basketball has shown us throughout the years that the sport’s biggest stars are the coaches.

From Coach K to Boeheim to Izzo to Wright, your coach needs to be able to manage a crisis, guide a team through adversity, and make the necessary adjustments along the way.

This is a St. John’s team that has not made those adjustments as of late.

They have not been able to execute down the stretch, and at a certain times this season coaching can absolutely be called into question.

For example, being out of timeouts with eight minutes to go against Georgetown on Sunday is unacceptable. At any level, that cannot happen.

Of course, this poor stretch of play is not all on Chris Mullin, but the bottom line is that he needs to get a lot more out of this team.

With talent throughout the program, the Red Storm should not be 3-5 in the Big East.

Instead of being a program that should be talking about winning a conference title, they are a program trying to make sure they are on the right side of the NCAA Tournament bubble.

Hope is not lost, not quite yet, but St. John’s had better stop the bleeding immediately. Their next three games tough road matchups against Creighton, Duke and Marquette.

It is crucial that the Johnnies find a way to win one of the next three games to stabilize things before the schedule becomes more manageable.

With the lack of quality wins outside the conference, it’s time to remind the city why some dopes like myself thought St. John’s could have a chance to really capture New York’s attention in February and March.

Tough to capture that attention playing in the NIT.

Who said November was the month of decision? For St. John’s, it’s the month of February.

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