Between November 25 and the end of the calendar year, the Red Storm is scheduled to play six non-conference games and four Big East contests. The Johnnies could potentially play one more non-league opponent during that stretch.
In light of that possible addition and larger world events, the Red Storm’s schedule is subject to change. The remainder of the Big East schedule, which will feature 20 games in total against league opponents, will be released at a later date.
For two decades spanning the mid-70s and the mid-90s, The Lapchick Tournament was a staple of the New York City basketball scene, honoring the life of legendary head coach Joe Lapchick and often serving as the team’s season-opener at Alumni Hall.
After a 25-year hiatus, St. John’s will resurrect The Lapchick Tournament in 2020 when the Red Storm welcomes a yet-to-be-determined opponent on November 25.
Lapchick signed the first Black player in NBA history, Nat “Sweetwater” Clifton, as the head coach of the New York Knicks in 1950.
“With the renewed nationwide focus on racial equality, we couldn’t think of a better time to recognize the legacy of Coach Lapchick,” said athletic director Mike Cragg. “In addition to being one of the most successful head coaches in our program’s storied history, Coach Lapchick’s principled stands against racial discrimination still carry weight a half-century after his death.”
The Johnnies will then host La Salle on Thanksgiving Day (November 26) before the Explorers and the third team play one another on November 27.
The Red Storm will hit the road for its next two games, beginning with a November 30 date against former Big East foe Boston College at Mohegan Sun Arena. The Johnnies will play their second high-major opponent in as many games on December 3, traveling to Lubbock for a matchup with Texas Tech in the Big 12-Big East Battle.
The Red Storm will return to Carnesecca Arena for the final two games of non-conference play beginning on December 6 when the Johnnies host Sacred Heart.
Two days later on December 8, the Red Storm will renew a longtime local rivalry when it welcomes Fordham to Queens.
After concluding non-conference play, St. John’s will welcome back a familiar foe to the Big East ranks on December 11, traveling to Storrs to face Connecticut in the Huskies’ first Big East contest since 2013.
The Red Storm will remain on the road for its second conference contest, heading to Indianapolis for a December 14 date with Butler.
The Johnnies will then wrap the 2020 portion of their conference schedule with a pair of home games beginning on December 17 when the Red Storm welcomes a highly touted Creighton squad to Carnesecca Arena.
Three days later, the Johnnies will take on a familiar opponent in an unfamiliar setting, welcoming Georgetown to Queens for the first time since January of 1981.