We should have seen Red Storm rising
Steve Lavin is not the sole cause of St. John's success
St. John's has reached heights that would have seemed unimaginable just a year ago. Not only is Steve Lavin's team a shoo-in for the NCAA tournament, it also is ranked in the Top 25 and playing late into the week at the Big East tournament. Best of all, the Red Storm are apparently now permitted to travel, step out of bounds and fire the ball into the stands -- all with the refs' blessing. Even LeBron can't say that.
This is pretty heady stuff for a program that entered the season having won just 17 of its last 54 Big East games. But before we book this team for a berth in the Final Four, I have a question. Should we have seen this coming?
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John Gasaway has written for Basketball Prospectus since its inception in 2007. His college hoops commentary appears weekly on ESPN Insider. John's writing has also appeared at SportsIllustrated.com, as well as in the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal and Playboy.