Malik Stith

Former St. John’s guard Malik Stith transfers to D-II Fairmont State

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Fairmont State has added a Division-I guard, signing former St. John’s sixth man Malik Stith, the senior acknowledged via his Twitter account Thursday.

The move officially happened back in May, but with the start of the school year, the news became more widely known.

“We’re thrilled to welcome Malik into our basketball family,” FSU coach Jerrod Calhoun told the Times West Virginian. “We needed a true point guard with the ability to come in and lead our team. We needed a floor general who can make an impact on both ends of the floor, and I think we have that with Malik on board now.”

Last season for a historically young Red Storm team under coach Steve Lavin, Stith was the only returning player from a 2010-11 squad that reached the NCAA tournament.

He averaged 2.7 points and one assist per game for St. John’s but did not register minutes in the final nine games.

“The best thing about Malik is he brings us so much experience having played a lot of minutes in the best league in college basketball,” Calhoun went on to tell the paper. “He’s played in a lot of big games, and played against a lot of tough opponents. He told me he wants to win a championship. He’ll fit right in with our guys.”

Stith will have one year of eligibility remaining at Fairmont State.

Daniel Martin is a writer and editor at JohnnyJungle.com, covering St. John’s. You can find him on Twitter:@DanielJMartin_

BUBBLE BANTER: All of the action on the fringe of the NCAA tournament

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Tonight’s bubble action. This post will be updated as the games are completed.

Cincinnati at UCF, 7:00 p.m.
Pitt at No. 12 Miami, 7:00 p.m.
No. 25 Wichita State at Drake, 8:00 p.m.
Ole Miss at Florida, 9:00 p.m.
Georgia at No. 22 Kentucky, 9:00 p.m.
Arkansas at Mississippi State, 9:00 p.m.

PREGAME SHOOTAROUND: A Big 12 and a Big Ten showdown

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GAME OF THE NIGHT: No. 10 West Virginia at No. 6 Kansas, 7:00 p.m.

The last time these two teams got together, West Virginia actually knocked off Kansas in Morgantown. It was the third time in the last three seasons that WVU has beaten KU at home. So there’s some revenge at stake here. But there’s also the whole Big 12 title race, which West Virginia currently leads. If the Mountaineers win tonight, they’ll be up by two games on Kansas with the tie breaker and just seven games left to play. The Jayhawks regular season title streak could be over if that happens.

THIS ONE’S GOOD, TOO: No. 8 Michigan State at No. 18 Purdue, 7:00 p.m.

We think the Spartans are back to their early season form after wins over Maryland (at home), Northwestern, Rutgers and Michigan. If Michigan State really wants to prove something to the college basketball world, they will go into West Lafayette tonight and get a win. Denzel Valentine vs. Raphael Davis will be fun.

FIVE THINGS TO WATCH FOR

  1. Pitt will pay a visit to No. 12 Miami in a game the Panthers could really use a win in. Pitt hasn’t been the most consistent team in the country and without adding a few quality wins they could be looking at the bubble.
  2. Duquesne will be paying a visit to No. 19 Dayton, who moved into a tie for first place in the Atlantic 10 thanks to VCU’s loss on Saturday.
  3. Georgia is right there on the bubble, and they will have a chance to try and push themselves into a better spot when they play at No. 22 Kentucky tonight.
  4. Creighton probably has to win out to have a shot of making the NCAA tournament, and that includes tonight, when they host No. 5 Xavier.
  5. No. 7 Virginia will be hosting Virginia Tech, who picked off the Wahoos in Blacksburg earlier this year.

THE REST OF THE TOP 25

  • No. 1 Villanova at DePaul, 8:30 p.m.
  • No. 25 Wichita State at Drake, 8:00 p.m.