9. St. John’s Red Storm (2-9, 13-11)
With five days of rest before their tilt against Creighton, I thought the Red Storm would have been well-rested and leave their heartbreaking 73-72 loss to Georgetown at Madison Square Garden behind them. I was wrong.
Is Mike Anderson getting the most out of his relatively inexperienced players? I think so. After raving about freshman Julian Champagnie last week, he put up another big performance. Marcellus Earlington has made the biggest leap this season thus far. Despite their 94-82 loss to the Bluejays, the sophomore power forward dropped a double-double with 25 points and 10 rebounds.
The Johnnies still lack a “closer” or a guy who can take over in crucial moments or the end of games. A star who they can pass the ball to and finish games. They should have a promising core returning for 2020-21, with the additions of three-star recruits and high school teammates Posh Alexander and Dylan Wusu.
8. Georgetown Hoyas (4-7, 14-10)
Without their lone “superstar” Mac McClung, the Hoyas went 1-1 last week. G’Town currently stands at No. 53 in the NET rankings, which would potentially qualify them for the NCAA Tournament. However, I still believe they are a bubble team.
Omer Yurtseven has come on strong for coach Patrick Ewing. The Turkish big man is averaging 16.3 points and 10.1 rebounds. With four games remaining, two of them against Creighton, the Hoyas need to win out.