Plenty of buzz picked up on Thursday evening suggesting that Mike Anderson was the new favorite for the St John’s men’s basketball head coaching job.
The Red Storm is looking for a new head coach after parting ways with Chris Mullin following the season. They targeted Bobby Hurley, but he turned them down to stay at Arizona State. Next was Loyola-Chicago’s Porter Moser, who also turned them down.
Now reporters are saying Anderson is the favorite.
Newsday’s Roger Rubin said he’s heard Anderson is getting the job.
I'm hearing Mike Anderson gets the st. John's gig. #sjubb
Anderson was fired by Arkansas after eight middling seasons on the job. He took the Razorbacks to the tournament three times but was fired after going 18-16 last season. Before Arkansas, Anderson spent five seasons at Missouri and four at UAB. He has a .649 winning percentage overall as a head coach.
Moser just completed his eighth season at Loyola-Chicago. He became known after the Ramblers’ surprising run to the Final Four a year ago, which marked by far his best season with the program. The Ramblers went 20-14 this past season and won the Missouri Valley Conference regular season but failed to earn a berth into the NCAA Tournament.
St John’s is looking for a new coach after parting ways with school legend Chris Mullin, who had gone 21-13 last season, which was his fourth season on the job. They were eliminated in the First Four round of the NCAA Tournament.
Moser interviewed with the program earlier in the day.
St John’s is looking for a new head coach after parting ways with Chris Mullin. They were initially targeting Bobby Hurley, but he ended up remaining at Arizona State. Now they’ve turned to Moser, who just completed his eighth season at Loyola-Chicago and became known after the team’s shocking Final Four run a year ago.
There is talent in the program, and Mullin did lead the Red Storm to the NCAA Tournament for the first time in his tenure this season. It was a short stay, however, as they were bounced in the First Four. It’s fair to say further improvement will be required, though as a St. John’s legend, Mullin may have a bit more rope than another coach would in his situation.
Things got heated during the Big East tournament game between Georgetown and St. John’s on Wednesday night.
The two sides got into a fight in the second half after LJ Peak went up for a layup and didn’t like the way he was fouled by St. John’s Amar Alibegovic. The two had a little scuffle under the basket, which blew up.
Georgetown’s John Thompson III and St. John’s Chris Mullin got into it. Mullin had to be restrained, while Georgetown assistant Patrick Ewing Jr. also got involved.
The screw job was in at the end of the Rutgers-St. John’s Big East tournament game Wednesday afternoon in Madison Square Garden. That video via Mock Session shows how awful the officiating was at the end of the game. Not only did the player step out of bounds with 1.7 seconds left, but he threw the ball into the stands and should have received a technical foul like the Louisville cheerleader.
Rutgers should have had two free throws and the ball at midcourt, giving them a strong chance at tying the game or even taking the lead. For those curious about the fix, St. John’s was favored by 10 points so Rutgers had already covered. But the over-under of 129.5 that was bet down to 127 was in question. Did the refs have the under, or were they told to make sure St. John’s advanced? Had to be either one, or both, because those refs were running off the court faster than these players attacked by flares in a Greek game.