Moral Victories Acceptable for Now.

Posted: January 7, 2016 in Uncategorized
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Entering the Big East clash between St John’s and Xavier the Red Storm found themselves in a similar position by being 15 point underdogs on their home court. Being picked as underdogs will be a recurring theme as the season progress for St. John’s since they were picked to finish in the cellar of the Big East this season. Xavier came in boasting a ranking of 10 in the AP poll and a ranking of 1 in the RPI upon their visit to the Queens campus. The Red Storm demonstrated certain characteristics that should be lauded when playing against one of the best teams in the nation. Yet as this young and malleable team moves forward for the program to reach its zenith St John’s should not accept moral victories.

The Red Storm proved to be very resilient against the Musketeers by being able to fight through two specific forms of adversity. Unfortunately the first form of adversity was self-inflicted mainly because of the horrid shooting performance by the Red Storm. Out of the gate St. John’s converted 1 of their first 13 shots and closed the first half with an atrocious 10 of 37 ( 27%) from the field.

The second form of adversity came at the start of the 2nd half when it was announced freshman sensation Yankuba Sima would be unable to play the rest of the game. Now against a very big and talented front court of Xavier the Red Storm line up became smaller. Many young and inexperienced teams would just roll over and watch as the more experienced and more talented team imposed their will on the weaker opponent. The Red Storm did not fold and quit but fought back and almost had a momentous victory at Carnesecca Arena.

While the effort and fortitude was there the victory did not come for the home team. The end objective for Chris Mullin and his staff is to build a fearsome program that is among the best in the country. Blue blood programs like Duke and Kentucky do not accept or want moral victories and only achieve their goal when they raise a banner in their respective home arena. To reach the upper echelon of basketball programs the Red Storm should adopt the same goals and the expectation should alter from having a strong effort in games to defeating any team at any time in any location.

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