St. John’s basketball impacted by Pac-12 decision to cancel all sports

The St. John's basketball team huddles inside the Barclays Center prior to a game. (Photo by Steven Ryan/Getty Images)
The St. John's basketball team huddles inside the Barclays Center prior to a game. (Photo by Steven Ryan/Getty Images) /

The St. John’s basketball team has been impacted by the Pac-12’s decision to cancel all sports through the end of the calendar year.

The immediate future of college sports took a significant hit on Tuesday as the Big Ten postponed its fall sports, including football, until the spring while the Pac-12 canceled all sporting events through the end of the calendar year.

While the Big East has not been impacted by the postponement of many fall sports around the country due to the absence of football in the conference, basketball is at the forefront and in terms of the St. John’s Red Storm, the team was scheduled to participate in the NIT Season Tip-Off with the Arizona Wildcats, a Pac-12 member.

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The Texas Tech Red Raiders and the Cincinnati Bearcats are also scheduled to take place in the high profile early season tournament but no games were announced for the event.

Since the Red Storm are scheduled to make a trip to Lubbock to face Texas Tech this season, St. John’s was expected to play Arizona or Cincinnati in its first game while the winners and losers are to play on the final day of the tournament.

The NIT Season Tip-Off is scheduled for November 25 and November 27 at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York.

As the situation continues to develop, no replacement has been made yet for Arizona in the tournament but there are larger issues at hand in the world of college athletics, specifically basketball, if the season will start on time and what a season could potentially look like.

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Former St. John’s standout LJ Figueroa, who transferred from the program earlier in the offseason committed, and signed, with the Oregon Ducks has been greatly impacted by his new conference’s decision as the senior was expected to try and use the virus as a reason for leaving New York and become immediately eligible.

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As more questions loom around the season, Figueroa could potentially regret his decision leaving Queens.