St. John’s basketball: 3 keys to victory against DePaul in Big East Tourney

St. John's basketball forward Julian Champagnie (Wendell Cruz-USA TODAY Sports)
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St. John’s basketball guard Posh Alexander (Wendell Cruz-USA TODAY Sports) /

St. John’s basketball Keys to Victory: 

Start Fast

This game feels like one that the Johnnies have to start fast in.

DePaul is going to fight and claw for a full 40 minutes but you want them to do so from behind.

St. John’s already saw how difficult it is to try and battle back against this Blue Demon squad so the Red Storm have to come ready to play and deliver the first punch in the postseason.

It all starts with Posh Alexander.

If the star sophomore guard can dictate the tempo and create turnovers which lead to early transition opportunities, the Johnnies could be well on its way to an Opening Round victory.

The key is who will be the fifth starter for the Red Storm?

Mike Anderson has continued to tinker with his starting lineup all season and it seems the team will have four constants; Alexander, Julian Champagnie, Aaron Wheeler, and Joel Soriano.

The starting shooting guard remains in question; Dylan Addae-Wusu, Tareq Coburn, Stef Smith, or Montez Mathis?

Anderson has to find a starting, and closing, lineup that works and stick with it as each possession becomes more important in the postseason.