St. John’s Could Possibly Never Win Again

St. John’s Could Possibly Never Win Again

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After feasting on the bottom of the college basketball barrel, St. John’s has finally had the opportunity to play against highly competitive teams, and the results have not been promising. After starting the year 10-2 with losses only to Missouri and 16 Arizona State, St. John’s entered conference play as hopeful underdogs in an already stacked Big East conference. However, SJU has started the second half of the season with nine consecutive losses, effectively placing them in the basement of the Big East. To make matters worse, the Red Storm’s whopping win total of 0 doesn’t seem to be going up anytime soon.

When it comes to fundamental basketball, St. John’s looks uncoordinated and lost on the court. The Red Storm is ranked in the bottom 20% of all college basketball teams across nearly every statistical category including points per game, assists per game, rebounds per game, and of course, wins. And while the absence of starting guard Marcus Lovett due to a left knee injury has certainly contributed to St. John’s struggles, the rest of the team simply looks absent as well. With Lovett sidelined for the remainder of the year, St. John's looks more like “Shamorie Ponds and four other guys” than a Division I Basketball team.

Coach Chris Mullin’s roster looks like a ham-fisted, slapped-together mess night-in and night-out as players who once showed promise like Kassoum Yakwe and Bashir Ahmed have quickly faded into the depths of sustained mediocrity.

With 10 games remaining over the next 6 weeks, it is not outlandish to suggest that St. John’s could lose every single contest from here on out. The bulk of SJU’s remaining schedule comes against teams they’ve proven they can’t beat, as well as teams that are nearly guaranteed to beat them. St. John’s has proven that they cannot beat, let alone compete with, 19 Seton Hall, 1 Villanova, Providence, DePaul, and 11 Xavier. And although plenty of games have looked close on the scoreboard, the Red Storm has looked consistently sluggish, sloppy, and uninspiring.

In addition to the aforementioned Big East opponents that St. John’s has already played, there are still four games on the schedule against Butler and Marquette. And while SJU hasn’t played either of those teams, it’s not hard to see that even the middle of the pack in the Big East is miles ahead of St. John’s. While KenPom.com ranks Butler and Marquette at 36 and 42, respectively, the biggest difference between St. John’s and literally every other team in the Big East is just one conference win.

With nine of the 10 bases covered for St. John’s and their quest to win just one game, the only contest yet to be mentioned is a matchup in early February at Madison Square Garden against 5 Duke. When you take reality into account, it’s safe to chalk this game up as a loss. If St. John’s looks hopeless against DePaul and Georgetown, how on Earth could they even come close to putting up a fight against Coach Krzyzewski and Duke?

According to ESPN, St. John’s is listed as the underdog in all 10 of their remaining 10 games. A team that was once projected to compete in the upper echelons of the Big East is now struggling to even compete for one single victory. When you combine a major injury to a key playmaker in Lovett with missing pieces across the court, St. John’s has looked continuously uninspiring throughout the course of the conference play portion of the schedule.

Even during the first half of the season, St. John’s looked frighteningly questionable as the Red Storm squeaked by in a few nail-biting wins over Iona, UCF, and New Orleans; teams that SJU should have beaten handily.

Things have been churning in a constant downward spiral and at this point, St. John’s would be lucky to touch the tournament with a 10-foot pole, and the closest the Red Storm will get to playing in March is the regular season finale on March 3rd against Providence. And for many fans, that date cannot come soon enough.

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17 Empowering Bible Verses For Women

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We all have those days where we let the negative thoughts that we're "not good enough," "not pretty enough" or "not smart enough" invade our minds. It's easy to lose hope in these situations and to feel like it would be easier to just give up. However, the Bible reminds us that these things that we tell ourselves are not true and it gives us the affirmations that we need. Let these verses give you the power and motivation that you're lacking.

1. Proverbs 31:25

"She is clothed with strength and dignity and she laughs without fear of the future."

2. Psalm 46:5

"God is within her, she will not fall."

3. Luke 1:45

"Blessed is she who believed that the Lord would fulfill His promises to her."

4. Proverbs 31:17

"She is energetic and strong, a hard worker."

5. Psalm 28:7

"The Lord is my strength and my shield."

6. Proverbs 11:16

"A gracious woman gains respect, but ruthless men gain only wealth."

7. Joshua 1:9

"Be strong and courageous! Do not be afraid or discouraged. For the Lord your God is with you wherever you go."

8. Proverbs 31:30

"Charm is deceptive, and beauty does not last; but a woman who fears the Lord will be greatly praised."

9. 1 Corinthians 15:10

"By the grace of God, I am what I am."

10. Proverbs 31:26

"When she speaks, her words are wise, and she gives instructions with kindness."

11. Psalm 139:14

"I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made."

12. 1 Peter 3:3-4

"Don't be concerned about the outward beauty of fancy hairstyles, expensive jewelry, or beautiful clothes. You should clothe yourselves instead with the beauty that comes from within, the unfading beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is so precious to God."

13. Colossians 2:10

"And in Christ you have been brought to fullness."

14. 2 Timothy 1:7

"For God has not given us a spirit of fear and timidity, but of power, love, and self-discipline."

15. Jeremiah 29:11

"'For I know the plans I have for you,' says the Lord. 'They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope.'"

16. Exodus 14:14

"The Lord himself will fight for you. Just stay calm."

17. Song of Songs 4:7

"You are altogether beautiful, my darling, beautiful in every way."

Next time you're feeling discouraged or weak, come back to these verses and use them to give you the strength and power that you need to conquer your battles.

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ASU Baseball Is Already Knocking It Out Of The Park

All eyes are on the Sun Devils as they enter the national poll this previous week. The Sun Devils are the last unbeaten team left in the NCAA.

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Starting off the season 18-0? Not bad, considering the Sun Devils' haven't gone undefeated at the start of the NCAA baseball season since 2010 when they went 24-0, but honestly where did this come from? In the 2017-18 season, the Devils finished off with 23-32, sitting towards the bottom of the Pac-12. Now they're the top of the conference, past the usual Pac-12 baseball powerhouse, Oregon State.

On a team with only 27 on the roster, which makes it the smallest team in the Pac-12, you wouldn't really expect such an explosive start to the season. Take a look at the improvements made, though, and you'll see why.

For starters, catcher Sam Ferri is back healthy and ready for this season to start with both pitchers Alec Marsh and RJ Dabovich, who've both thrown some great games, but if we're being honest here, have been a little inconsistent with a few errors, but have been backed up by the offense to get the job done.

On offense, Hunter Bishop and Spencer Torkelson are the ones to watch out for. Torkelson was named Pac-12 freshman of the year last year, after setting the Pac-12 freshman record of home runs. Now he's back with some deadly at-bat presence, as you can always expect a few RBIs from him, and also doing a great job at infield (#TorkBomb). Bishop's following suit, with major at-bats against Notre Dame, Michigan State, and Xavier.

Safe to say being ranked #23 right now is huge for a program that struggled majorly in the past seasons and has had some great players transfer out recently. Despite being faced with huge adversity before the season, this lineup is really producing some good stuff this year, and by being undefeated through the first month of play really exemplified that.

Hats off to Head Coach Tracy Smith for helping these young men after having the program suffer for a while.

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