St. John’s basketball looking for monumental upset against No. 7 Creighton

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St. John’s basketball will be looking for a major upset against No. 7 Creighton on Saturday afternoon.

Following a tough loss on Wednesday against Xavier, the St. John’s basketball team will wrap-up its two-game road trip against No. 7 Creighton on Saturday afternoon.

The Johnnies (6-5, 1-4 Big East) already dropped its first matchup against the Bluejays (9-2, 5-1 Big East, 94-76 in an oddly played game in Queens on December 17.

Creighton raced out to a big lead before the Red Storm clawed its way back into the game before a surge from Greg McDermott‘s team midway through he second half blew St. John’s away where it could not recover.

Another second half collapse against Xavier doomed Mike Anderson‘s team in its most recent contest while Creighton blew the doors off Seton Hall, leading by as many as 42 points, ultimately winning 89-53.

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Preseason Big East Player of the Year Marcus Zegarowski led the team with 20 points in its first matchup against St. John’s on 7-of-10 shooting from the floor and 6-of-7 from 3-point range.

Forward Damien Jefferson fell two assists shy of a triple-double with ten points and ten rebounds while Christian Bishop also posted a double-double with 11 points and ten rebounds.

Denzel Mahoney ended the night with 16 points while the Red Storm had no answers for reserve center Ryan Kalkbrenner with 15 points and five rebounds.

St. John’s did not have a true standout player in its loss despite seeing at least ten points from Julian Champagnie, Posh Alexander, Dylan Addae-Wusu, and Rasheem Dunn.

How St. John’s basketball can pull off the massive upset?

A lot is going to have to break the way of the Red Storm to pull off what would be the biggest upset in the Big East this season.

St. John’s is currently a 14-point underdog to Creighton and the offensive prowess it showed against Xavier wouldn’t exactly express confidence it can compete with the Bluejays on their home floor, in front of approximately 3,000 fans.

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Perhaps the Red Storm can catch Creighton sleeping in a ‘trap-game’ scenario with an 11:00am CST tipoff in Omaha, Nebraska.

However, Red Storm fans should be bracing for the chances of yet another tough two hours against one of the best teams in the country.

Tipoff is scheduled for 12:00pm EST (Fox Sports 1) at the CHI Health Center Omaha.

PREDICTION: No. 7 Creighton 92, St. John’s 70

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