Representing the Big East and Big Ten, 3-0 St. John’s and 2-0 Nebraska are set for a Thursday night battle from Queens, NY marking the first big test on the 2022/23 schedule for each of these programs.
For St. John’s, bringing in two power-5 additions has made all the difference to open the season while in Nebraska it’s been new mid-major pieces leading the way on both the offensive and defensive ends.
Let’s take a look at some of the names who’ll have key roles in tonight’s matchup under Mike Anderson and Fred Hoiberg.
St. John’s Red Storm:
David Jones – Leading the way for St. John’s in scoring this season has been the DePaul transfer putting up 18.7 PPG, 8 RPG, and 3.3 APG including a 21-point, 10-rebound double-double in the season opener against Merrimack. During his time with the Blue Demons, Jones managed the program’s first ever triple-double logging 22 points, 14 rebounds, and 10 assist in a win over Georgetown and his in-conference transfer has been huge for the Red Storm so far this year.
Andre Curbelo – With the New York native returning home this offseason after battling concussions and injuries with Illinois last year he formed one of the Big East most exciting backcourt trios in Curbelo, Montez Mathis, and Posh Alexander. Now, in just his first three games with the program, the former top-50 prospect has become an on-court leader for this St. John’s squad while contributing an effective 9.7 PPG, 2.3 RPG, and 6 APG.
Andre Curbelo is so fun.pic.twitter.com/pkdHI9yv7X
— Henry Eisenberg (@henryeeisenberg) November 8, 2022