St. John’s announces non-conference slate for 2015-16

Chris Mullin was a legend during his playing days at St. John’s. On top of being a three-time Big East Player of the Year, Mullin won the John Wooden Award in 1985 and was a member of the Olympic Gold medal winning basketball team in 1984. He was a first round selection of the Golden State Warriors in 1985 and went on to have a sixteen-year career in the NBA.

After having a four and a half year career as a broadcaster for ESPN, Mullin returned to St. John’s after accepting his first ever head coaching position in March of this year. According to Red Storm Sports, the team has released its first non-conference schedule under Mullin and it seems pretty tough.

The team opens the season with home games against Wagner, UMBC, and Rutgers on November 13, 16, and 19. The game against Rutgers is part of the Gavin Tip-off Games, while the UMBC game opens the Maui Invitational for the Red Storm.

From November 23-25, the team takes place in the championship rounds of the invitational, taking on Vanderbilt in the first round and either Indiana or Wake Forest in the second. The other side of the bracket is comprised of UNLV, UCLA, Kansas, and Chaminade with St. John’s being guaranteed a third game against one of those four.

The team only plays one true road game, with that game coming on December 2 when they play Fordham in The Bronx. The Red Storm then plays host to St. Francis (NY) and Niagra on December 6 and 9 before traveling to Madison Square Garden to take on Syracuse on the 13th.

The team closes out non-conference play with home games against Incarnate Word and New Jersey Institute of Technology before playing a final neutral site game against South Carolina at the Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Connecticut.

St. John’s went 21-10 under Steve Lavin last season while making the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 2011. Will Mullin be able to lead them back to the Big Dance and possibly their first Final Four since his senior season? We will have to wait and see.

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