Thursday, November 15, 2012
W2W4: St. John's at Charleston
By Kieran Darcy
Here are three things to watch for when St. John's (1-0) faces Charleston (1-0) on Thursday at the TD Arena in Charleston, S.C., in the opening round of the Charleston Classic.
Tip-off will be at approximately 5:30 p.m., and you can watch the game on ESPNU (and ESPN3).
QUICK TURNAROUND: St. John's headed straight to the airport after its season-opening 77-74 win over Detroit on Tuesday at Carnesecca Arena. The come-from-behind victory over a Titans team expected to contend for an NCAA tournament bid was impressive. But can this young Red Storm team refocus quickly and be ready for another tough mid-major squad? It's an early test, to be sure -- especially considering it's on Charleston's home floor.
LINEUP INTRIGUE: Will Steve Lavin re-insert guard D'Angelo Harrison into the starting lineup, or continue to bring him off the bench? Harrison had a game-high 22 points against Detroit, but had trouble getting into the flow of the offense when he first entered the game about four minutes in. Lavin said he has been pleased with Harrison's response since being punished for failing to control his emotions in the preseason. It's time to put him back in the starting five.
THE COUGARS: Charleston was picked to finish second (behind Davidson) in the South Division of the Southern Conference in the league's preseason media poll, and opened up with a 75-58 home win over Towson last Friday. Six-foot-eight junior forward Trent Wiedeman had a team-high 17 points, and 6-1 senior point guard Andrew Lawrence added 16. Lawrence, a London native, played for Great Britain at the Olympics in London this summer.
Bobby Cremins, a New York native and the former coach at Charleston, retired following last season. He was replaced by Doug Wojcik, formerly of Tulsa.
The winner of this game will take on the winner of Murray State vs. Auburn in Friday's semifinals.