Drama builds as Posh Alexander can end St. John's basketball NCAA Tournament hopes

The former Johnnie can leave a massive scar in the hearts of the Red Storm faithful

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It's not exactly a Hollywood script, so let's call it a Queens script.

Posh Alexander, after being one of the faces of the St. John's basketball program for the last three seasons, can effectively end the Red Storm's chances of making the NCAA Tournament with a win on Wednesday night (8:30 p.m. ET, CBS Sports Network) in Indianapolis.

After choosing to pursue other options following Rick Pitino's takeover of the program, it would be a nightmare for Johnnie fans to see one of its former players get the last laugh and put one of the final nails in the coffin on its season after its victory over No. 15 Creighton on Sunday afternoon made so many believe a postseason run was possible.

There is no hard feelings, though, between Alexander and the fan base. He received a standing ovation when he was introduced in the Butler starting lineup during his return to campus in early January and saluted the crowd before tipoff.

Ex-Johnnie, and current Seton Hall Pirate, Dylan Addae-Wusu had no such ovation from the St. John's fans in his return.

"I didn't leave on any bad intentions or bad blood...I just wanted [a change] of scenery," Alexander said after the Bulldogs fell to the Red Storm.

"It felt good just knowing that I still have love around here," he continued.

Posh Alexander explained he treated his first meeting against St. John's like any other game and didn't have extra motivation trying to hand the Johnnies a loss.

He was well trained in media relations, because that simply wasn't true.

Alexander was talking trash on nearly every possession after scoring 11 points on 5-of-10 shooting in the first half, but quieted down going scoreless in the second half, which has become a theme for him in recent games.

He's averaging 11.1 points, 4.5 rebounds, 4.9 assists, and 2.2 steals per game on 42.6-percent shooting from the field and a career-high 32-percent from 3-point range.

That same intensity and effort that St. John's fans cherished from Posh Alexander will be at its peak when the Red Storm walk into Hinkle Fieldhouse with both teams playing for its NCAA Tournament lives.

Either Alexander ends St. John's hopes, or the Johnnies end Alexander and Butler's hopes.

Regardless, it sets the stage for a night that should be full of drama in the midwest.

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