The St. John’s Red Storm out of New York City represent one of college basketballs most historic programs. For starters, the arena that they call home, Madison Square Garden, is arguably the most historic sports venues in the United States. The Red Storm are also notable for their history winning, placing in the top 10 most winning programs in college basketball. The Red Storm started this tradition in 1911 by going undefeated and winning the Helms National Championship in their fourth year of existence.
Since their first appearance in 1951, St. John’s has made over two dozen NCAA Tournament appearances. St. John’s most successful NCAA Tournament appearance came in 1952 when they were the National Runners-up, losing to the Kansas Jayhawks in the championship game by a score of 80-63. The Red Storm made another Final Four appearance in 1985. St. John’s had a strong season in large thanks to their Naismith Player of the Year, Chris Mullin. The Red Storm were a #1 seed in the NCAA Tournament and breezed through their region before losing to another #1 seed, the Georgetown Hoyas, in the Final Four. Outside the NCAA Tournament, St. John’s has had postseason success in the NIT, winning the tournament a record six times.
St. Johns Red Storm Recent NCAA Tourament History
In 2011, St. John’s played in their first NCAA Tournament since 2002. This berth came in thanks to a strong season that included upset wins over the #3 Duke Blue Devils, #4 Pittsburgh Panthers, #9 Connecticut Huskies, and several others. The Red Storm received an at-large bid as the #6 seed in the Southeast Region. St. John’s played the #11 seed Gonzaga Bulldogs in their first game and ended up getting up losing the game 86-71.