'Boomer & Gio': Taking A Look At The NCAA Tournament

Boomer and Gio
March 18, 2019 - 9:04 am
St. John s Red Storm forward LJ Figueroa celebrates after hitting a 3-point shot in the second half against the Villanova Wildcats on Feb. 17, 2019, at Madison Square Garden.



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Selection Sunday is now in the rearview mirror, meaning March Madness is officially here.

One of the biggest local stories surrounding the NCAA Tournament was whether or not St. John's would be putting on their dancing shoes.

The Red Storm finished the season 21-12, and after getting blown out by Marquette in the Big East Tournament quarterfinals Thursday night, it was unclear whether or not they would make the cut.

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Chris Mullin's squad did end up making the tournament. However, they will be going up against Arizona State in one of the First Four games Wednesday night.

Despite having bigger aspirations for St. John's earlier in the season, Gio began Monday's "Boomer & Gio" discussing his Red Storm, and how he's just happy they were the final team to make the tournament.

"This is probably what they deserved," Gio said during Monday's open. "I can't be angry about being in this First Four. They were the last team in and started to really worry me when I saw some of the things that were happening as the brackets were being unveiled. But they're in and you've got another game and it'll be fun to watch, albeit late Wednesday night...

"If St. John's was one of those programs where perennially they're in every single year, I wouldn't be as excited about a first four game in Dayton against Arizona State. But haven't seen it since 2015. You don't know if it's going to happen again next year. It's Mullin's first time having taken the team to the tournament as a head coach. All those things are very, very exciting for me. And if it's just a one-and-done, it's just a one-and-done."

While St. John's appearance in the tournament may have come as a surprise to some, the same cannot be said about the four teams that ended up with the number one seeds.

Virginia, North Carolina, Duke and Gonzaga each received a top seed in this year's NCAA Tournament, giving the ACC three of the four one seeds.

Those four schools were certainly worthy of a one seed, but there is no doubt that Michigan State, the two seed in the East Region, is not happy landing in the same bracket as Duke, the No. 1 overall seed. 

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"Don't you feel like this year, the best teams have been the best teams, pretty much throughout the season?" Boomer asked during Monday's open. "Everybody knew they were going to be a number one seed. I guess you can say that Michigan State got screwed. I guess you could say that they maybe should have gotten a one, and not only did they not get a one but they got a two within the Duke bracket.

"I know Tom Izzo and the Michigan State people are out there screaming and yelling about that."

To listen to Boomer & Gio's full Monday open, click on the audio player above.