WBB Minute: National Poll Round Up

Feb. 11, 2014

Dazzling Debut
After stretching its active winning streak to double digits, St. John’s was voted into the top 25 of the AP Poll on Monday, coming in at No. 24 with 69 points. The last time the Red Storm were ranked in the AP Top 25 was Nov. 26, 2012, when St. John’s was slotted at No. 17 with 314 points. DePaul is knocking on the door as well after doubling up its vote total for the third consecutive week.

On The Cusp
DePaul and St. John’s were the first two teams just outside the top 25 in the USA Today Coaches Poll released on Tuesday. The Blue Demons, who are receiving votes in the AP Poll, totaled 24 points, while the Red Storm, who are ranked 24th in the AP, were just behind with 22 points. The 25th-ranked team, Dayton, registered 26 points to earn its spot in the top 25.

Much-Needed Rest
Four BIG EAST teams will enjoy a mid-week bye as only six will play prior to Saturday’s five-game slate. Providence will host Marquette on Tuesday night in the lone tilt before Butler travels to Villanova and Georgetown hosts Seton Hall on Wednesday evening.

Weekend Sneak Peak
Eyes will be on the Villanova-St. John’s game on Saturday, which is set to air on CBS Sports live at noon from Carnesecca Arena. The Red Storm have won 10 straight and are 6-0 on their home court against conference foes, while the Wildcats are the league’s most successful road team, winning 13 times this season away from The Pavilion. St. John’s is listed as No. 1 in the conference standings, while Villanova is third, riding a five-game winning streak. The Red Storm defeated VU 59-52 back in January. The DePaul-Seton Hall tilt in Chicago will also be aired, as fans can catch the rematch on Lakeshore Public Television and FOX College Sports Atlantic at 5 p.m.

Tuesday, Feb. 11

Marquette @ Providence, 7 p.m.*
Wednesday, Feb. 12      

Butler @ Villanova, 7 p.m.*
Seton Hall @ Georgetown, 8 p.m.*
*BIG EAST game