The St. John’s men’s basketball team may have disappointed scores of fans by missing out on the NCAA tournament this year, but the university can still do damage come March Madness.
Going dancing will be the St. John’s women’s basketball squad, as the Red Storm earned an eight-seed in the NCAA tournament and a date with the nine-seed University of Southern California Trojans in the first round of the dance.
The contest will take place on Saturday at 6:30 p.m. in Knoxville, Tenn., and air on ESPN2.
St. John’s enters the tournament with a 22-10 record and an appearance in the Big East Tournament championship game, where they lost to DePaul, under its belt.
The Red Storm didn’t exactly earn an easy draw when the bracket was announced on Monday, as St. John’s will most likely have to play the top-seeded Tennessee Volunteers on Monday, should the Johnnies escape their battle with the Trojans.
This is the fifth straight trip to the NCAA tournament for the Johnnies, and the second straight under coach Joe Tartamella, who replaced Kim Barnes Arico after she left for the University of Michigan, following the Red Storm’s Sweet 16 appearance in 2012.
The Johnnies are led by sophomore Aliyyah Handford, who averaged 16 points and five rebounds per game. The guard broke the school record for most points as a sophomore in one season with 517.
The NCAA championship game will be played on April 8 in Nashville, Tenn.