St. John’s still likely isn’t making the NCAA Tournament as an at-large, but the Red Storm are making things interesting. At the very least, they’ve provided some very entertaining basketball recently, with five wins in the past six games. Plus, they’ve held on to top spot in the power rankings for the second straight week. And that’s what really counts. (Last week’s rankings in parentheses) 1. St. John’s (1) Record: 14-9, 4-6 Up next: Sunday (7 p.m.) vs. Creighton Creighton will be the test. A win against the McDermotts may prove that something special is indeed occurring. 2. Iona (3) Record: 13-8, 10-2 Up next: Friday (7 p.m.) at Niagara The dreaded trip upstate – against Niagara and Canisius – could be the extinguisher of the Gaels’ five-game winning streak. 3. Manhattan (2) Record: 15-6, 8-4 Up next: Friday (7 p.m.) at Canisius The Jaspers certainly lost some rhythm when George Beamon was injured — breaking an eight-game winning streak — but fortunately the only games that matter come next month. 4. Seton Hall (4) Record: 13-9, 4-5 Up next: Friday (7 p.m.) at Villanova After an impressive road win at Xavier, 68-60, perhaps the Pirates’ selfishness on the court has been resolved. 5. Stony Brook (6) Record: 17-7, 9-1 Up next: Saturday (2 p.m.) vs. New Hampshire It’s going to come down to Stony Brook and Vermont for the American East title once again, with both teams three games ahead of the next closest competition. If only Tommy Brenton could’ve found another year of eligibility. 6. St. Francis Brooklyn (7) Record: 15-9, 6-3 Up next: Saturday (2 p.m.) vs. Robert Morris The Terriers have won three straight and could make a legitimate case as a title contender if they take down one-loss (in conference) Robert Morris on Saturday. 7. Columbia (5) Record: 13-8, 2-2 Up next: Friday (7 p.m.) at Princeton The cupcake portion of the schedule is over and the Lions faltered in their first Ivy League games against non-Cornell opponents, losing at Yale and Brown. 8. Army (8) Record: 12-10, 8-3 Up next: Saturday (4 p.m.) vs. Navy Two straight wins keep the Black Knights in sole possession of third place in the Patriot League and only two games out of the top spot. 9. Wagner (9) Record: 11-11, 5-4 Up next: Saturday (2 p.m.) at Sacred Heart The Seahawks haven’t won consecutive games since a three-game streak was snapped on Jan. 16. 10. Rutgers (10) Record: 9-14, 3-7 Up next: Saturday (4:30 p.m.) vs. Houston After Rutgers’ 32-point loss to Memphis, the Post’s Power Poll in the paper may have to be cut to nine teams.
Big test ahead for St. John’s
New York Post | Feb 8