St. John's Shamorie Ponds
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Duke’s basketball team took to Twitter to call Madison Square Garden the “second-best gym” and the response from St. John’s was perfect.

Chris Mullin and the St. John’s University basketball team is riding high. They’re off to an undefeated start — albeit against a favorable non-conference schedule — and they’re looking like a lock to make the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 2015.

While they’re on top, they took the opportunity to respond to a tweet from the Duke University basketball team. The Blue Devils posted a photo of Madison Square Garden, referring to The Mecca as the second-best gym in the world. The response from the Johnnies was perfect.

This friendly response is perfect from the Johnnies. They’re just reminding Duke that they play some of their home games in the greatest arena in the world.

Duke obviously thinks Cameron Indoor Stadium is the best gym in the world, but that take is downright laughable. Duke will have an opportunity to clap back on Feb. 2 when the Red Storm travel to Durham to take on Duke.

Twitter jokes aside, there is something special going on in Queens. The Johnnies are starting to roll and despite their weak schedule, they look like the real deal.


Junior guard Shamorie Ponds flirted with the NBA Draft last summer, but he returned and the Johnnies could not be happier about it. Ponds is leading the Red Storm with averages of 20.2 points, 4.5 rebounds, and 5.7 assists per game. He’s already gone for 32-plus points three times this season and he’s firmly entrenched in the national conversation.

Although St. John’s is a bit undersized inside, they have five different players averaging 4.5 rebounds or more per game. Head coach and Red Storm legend, Chris Mullin is finally starting to see the tide turn in his favor. After three straight losing seasons and no NCAA Tournament appearances, it was put up or shut up time for Mullin.

St. John’s is answering the bell this year.

NY/NJ hoops reporter (NBA/NCAA) & sports betting writer for XL Media. Never had the makings of a varsity athlete.