St. John's preps for Duke, but no players meeting

January, 29, 2011
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St. John's has been working hard in advance of Sunday afternoon's game versus No. 3 Duke at Madison Square Garden.

But, there has not been a players-only team meeting, as predicted by seniors Dwight Hardy and Justin Burrell after the Red Storm's 77-52 loss at Georgetown on Wednesday.

"Technically we haven't had a players-only meeting with all of the players within one room," Hardy said on Saturday. "There's been communication between different groups with different guys talking about what we need to do in order to be successful for the rest of the season."

St. John's (11-8, 4-5 in the Big East) has lost five of its past six games, and its chances of making the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 2002 are in limbo at this point. The Red Storm reportedly had their longest practice of the season on Friday under first-year coach Steve Lavin.

"When we saw the tape, we looked like zombies out there. We know that's not how we play and everybody just felt bad about how we played and how we represented St. John's," Hardy said about the performance in Washington, D.C. on Wednesday. "We can't do that any more. Under no circumstances, we can't come out like that. If we do, then we're going to get killed. I don't know how to put it into simpler words. We just can't come out and play like that."
Kieran Darcy is an ESPNNewYork.com staff writer. He joined ESPN in August 2000 after graduating from the University of Pennsylvania, where he played four years of JV basketball.
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