St. John’s Red Storm
The St. John’s Red Storm out of the Big East Conference have risen through the college basketball rankings and have played with a chip on their shoulder during non-conference play. The Red Storm started off the season fiery hot with an impressive 12-game winning streak. This team has garnered national attention due to their ability to put points on the board.
“Coming in freshman year, you know, it’s a bit of a struggle, as many of you know,” senior Joseph Gallant told Spectrum News, NY1. “But this is the team I’ve been waiting for – it’s the team that a lot of the students have been waiting for. So, you know, I expect nothing but a Big East Championship.”
The Storm lead the Big East with 84.7 points per game, and have started Big East play with a record of 2-1, with their only loss coming in overtime against a tough Seton Hall team on a buzzer beater. With an older and experienced starting lineup, nobody is looking to draw the Red Storm come March.
Alabama Crimson Tide
The Crimson Tide from Tuscaloosa are commonly known as a threat on the gridiron, but their basketball program has shown that they should not be taken lightly in the arena, either.
Former NBA point guard and coach, Avery Johnson, leads the Tide. He coaches a physical team that can be a threat to otherwise skillful and fundamentally sound squads.
The Tide are good at getting teams off balance and out of rhythm, which has been a main factor in their recent 5-game winning streak. With notable wins against (19) Arizona and (13) Kentucky, the SEC looks to have another team in the mix that can shake things up. Heading into the tournament, the Tide will look to build on that success.
“That was a huge win for us,” Alabama head coach Avery Johnson told CBS42 after beating Kentucky. “We talked a lot about this game behind the scenes. We needed to beat Kentucky.”
Alabama might not have overwhelming talent, but Senior Forward Donta Hall is a powerhouse on the glass, and serves as a good garbage man to get put-back points around the basket. Look for the Alabama Crimson Tide to use their impressive size and athleticism come tournament time.