The upcoming men’s basketball exhibition between former Big East foes St. John’s and Rutgers will benefit more than just the teams playing.
As the college basketball season gets closer, teams have been planning to play exhibitions in order to support disaster relief. It is a fantastic idea to use these games to help those in need. Tuesday, it was made official that St. John’s and Rutgers will play an exhibition game at Rutgers next Sunday, Nov. 5, at 1 p.m. ET.
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In a statement on the school’s website, St. John’s announced that general admission tickets will cost $10 each and that all of the proceeds will go to the American Red Cross Disaster Relief Fund.
Even though Rutgers moved to the Big Ten, these two teams have plenty of history against one another. In November 2015, they faced each other in the first year of the Gavitt Tipoff Games at Carnesseca Arena. The Red Storm rallied from a 16-point deficit to beat Rutgers, 61-59.
Of course, they also had the memorable Big East Tournament game back in 2011 that St. John’s won, 65-63, a victory that came with its fair share of controversy.
The win allowed St. John’s to advance to the quarterfinals, where they lost to Syracuse.
While Rutgers was picked to finish at the bottom of the Big Ten this season in a preseason media poll, the Scarlet Knights are still a good test for St. John’s. It might not count in the standings, but it will be part of their preparation for their season-opening game on Nov. 10 against New Orleans (7 p.m. ET tipoff).
Another benefit for St. John’s and Rutgers is that they will both play two exhibition games open to the public before the season begins. The first exhibition game for St. John’s will be in Queens on Nov. 1 against American University (7 p.m ET).
As for Rutgers, this will be their first exhibition game. The second one will be against CCNY on November 10, also a 7 p.m. ET tipoff.
This will allow Red Storm head coach Chris Mullin and Rutgers’ head coach Steve Pikiell to try different things and see what works before the regular season begins. They will be able to see what lineups might work and how they want to go about their rotation of players.
Most importantly, this game will benefit people that need the help the most. It has been heartbreaking to see all the natural disasters that have occurred the last few months. No matter who you cheer for this is an event to go to and do what you can to help those people in need.