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NYC ready to fall hard for St. John's

The Knicks? Not quite -- gritty Red Storm better suited to fly flag for New York hoops

Updated: March 17, 2011, 9:40 AM ET
By Ian O'Connor | ESPNNewYork.com

It is easy to understand why St. John's is a likable team, led by a likable coach and a likable star.

Steve Lavin? He's never going to make anyone forget the master strategists of his craft, but he doesn't take himself too seriously and, of greater consequence, he doesn't berate his kids.

Dwight Hardy? Raised in the shadows of Yankee Stadium, he had to play community college ball in the Iowa cornfields to get from the Bronx to Queens, leaving him with many of the qualities ...

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