St. John’s basketball begins postseason against cross-river rival

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St. John’s basketball No. 2 Key to Victory – Win Rebounding Battle

Seton Hall out-rebounded St. John’s by nine in the first meeting and the Johnnies won the rebounding battle by one in the second matchup.

St. John’s has to limit Seton Hall to one shot down the floor but it will not be easy because of the height and length of the Pirates.

In addition to the 6-foot-11 Sandro Mamukelashvili, head coach Kevin Willard also starts 7-foot-2 center Ike Obiagu, however, the senior only averages 4.2 rebounds per game despite his height.

Obiagu had nine points and seven rebounds against St. John’s in Queens.

Head coach Mike Anderson does not have one star rebounder, rather the team has a multitude of players who are capable of giving up their bodies to fight for a loose ball inside.

St. John’s had seven different players grab at least two rebounds against Seton Hall on Saturday night and winning those 50-50 balls will be critical to the success of the Johnnies.