With the Irish coming off a huge win against the West Virginia Mountaineers, they now look to face an unranked team in Saint John’s (12-16). Although Notre Dame is currently on its longest winning streak since joining the Big East (10 games) do not let this game fool you; Saint John’s has got the best of the Irish in previous seasons. The Irish do not play well against the Red Storm at Madison Square Garden when they are ranked, losing the past three times. Even Coach Brey is aware of the situation, “Last time we played at noon in the Garden against St. John’s, we didn’t play very well,” Brey said. “Matter of fact, they beat us pretty easily.” This Notre Dame Team needs to go in the game with a sense of urgency knowing that they still have something to prove.
Saint John’s is a young team with three different freshmen leading the team in points, rebounds, and assists. Expect Saint John’s to try and push the tempo against the Irish, since Coach Brey will have the team running their half court offense while taking plenty of time off the clock. Do not be surprised if Jack Cooley does not get a double double once again today, his time will probably be limited especially if the Irish get off to a fast start. Jerian Grant and Eric Atkins will have to stop Saint John’s guard play if the Irish want to continue their winning streak. I expect this Irish Team to reverse the curse of previous years at the Garden and win this game pulling away in the second half. The game will be televised at noon eastern time on ESPN2 from Madison Square Garden. Follow us on Twitter @Slap The Sign and on Facebook.