With a team loaded with 10 seniors, the only regret of a scribe named Peter over at Johnny Jungle is that the basketball game between Louisville and St. John’s isn’t in New York.

Oh, the jokes we could make if the Louisville game was in Madison Square Garden. Or in Carnesecca. Noises when 15 seconds go off the shot clock.   Off color comments about Preston Knowles’ offseason. Calling Kyle Kuric “homecoming king.” Box scores with the names of guys who didn’t make it into Louisville, Roburt Sallie and Justin Coleman

This Louisville team simply asks to be heckled.

Like St. John’s basketball hasn’t been a joke for most of the last decade.

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How does a college basketball team have 10 seniors in this day and age? Did St. John’s skip basketball for a year? There is only one junior listed on the roster. How did the school get around the five-three rule over two years that existed until three years ago.

Did they skip a season or what? A exhaustive search of the sophisticated and all-knowing New York media sites provided no insight.

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  • UofL’s Elisha Justice played 83 consecutive minutes without a turnover until committing one against Marquette. His last turnover before that was Dec. 1 against Florida International.
  • George Goode had seven points and a season high six rebounds against Marquette.
  • Over the last seven games, Chris Smith has made 57.9 percent of his field goal attempts (33 of 57) and 46.7 percent of his three-point shots (7 of 15). He leads the Big East Conference in three-point shooting, hitting 48 percent of his shots in 17 games.

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By Steve Springer

Steve Springer is a lifelong University of Louisville fan and was Volvo's "Biggest Fan of the Big East" in 2011. He's a sportswriter for the Murray Ledger & Times, in addition to teaching physical education. He graduated from Eastern High School, earned a Master's degree from the University of Louisville and his BS degree at Murray State University. His Twitter handle is @racercard.

One thought on “St. John’s no joking matter for Louisville”
  1. We have some serious competition ahead there is no doubt about it. I think we have the talent but the maturity is an other issue. If I were the coach there would be some serious study of St. John’s team and real proactive strategies happening during practice.
    Talk is always cheap from my end.

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