St. John's basketball players react to Virginia's embarrassing loss in First Four

The Red Storm leaders were not happy with what they saw on Tuesday night

Mar 15, 2024; New York City, NY, USA; St. John's Red Storm guard Daniss Jenkins (5) drives to the
Mar 15, 2024; New York City, NY, USA; St. John's Red Storm guard Daniss Jenkins (5) drives to the / Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

The college basketball world was forced to watch the atrocity that is the Virginia men's basketball team on Tuesday night in the First Four of the NCAA Tournament and some of the St. John's basketball players are still fuming that they were not selected.

Virginia, which was playing Colorado State, scored a total of 42 points in its 25-point loss to the Rams.

For reference, Colorado State scored 40 points in the second half.

The Cavaliers only had 14 points in the first half as it didn't score over the final 9:20 before the half and its last basket came with 10:32 left in the half.

It was as bad of a performance that anyone could have imagined, even after most people echoed that Virginia should not have been in the field.

St. John's was noticeably left out of the 'First Four Out' on Selection Sunday, but that didn't stop its leaders -- Daniss Jenkins and Joel Soriano -- from sharing their thoughts on social media during the game.

Jenkins said, "Really crazy!!!!!" while Soriano went with a simple "lol!!."

Jenkins also reposted a tweet saying, "Daniss Jenkins would have outscored Virginia by himself."

Both players reposted New York Knick guard Josh Hart's comments during the game saying, "They really picked this Virginia team over the Big East teams."

However, the performance by Virginia wasn't even its worst of the season. The Cavaliers only scored 41 points in a 34-point loss to Virginia Tech in mid-February.

Tuesday night was the seventh time this season it failed to score at least 50 points in a game and 10-of-11 losses this season have been by at least 10 points. The only time Virginia kept a defeat to single digits was its 8-point overtime loss to North Carolina State in the ACC Tournament.

The announcement of the brackets on Selection Sunday ended the Red Storm's season, and the college career's of Soriano and Jenkins, as head coach Rick Pitino announced shortly after that the Johnnies would not be participating in the NIT.

Several Big East coaches, including UConn's Dan Hurley and Butler's Thad Matta, were in disbelief and disgusted that the league only got three teams in the NCAA Tournament.

The performance by Virginia was just the latest display at how poorly the NCAA Tournament selection committee constructed the bracket, leaving out St. John's, Seton Hall, and/or Providence for this embarrassing showing from a poor Atlantic Coast Conference.