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Rick Pitino's strategic roster changes have propelled St. John's back into the conversation for March Madness

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The expectations for St. John's should be substantial, but not overly optimistic. The team has assembled a roster that, on paper, is capable of competing in the NCAA Tournament and may have the potential to rank near the lower end of the top-25 lists. However, it's important for fans to keep in mind that they shouldn't anticipate immediate miracles in the inaugural year of the Rick Pitino era. This sentiment was echoed by three college basketball analysts, Jon Rothstein from CBS Sports, John Fanta from Fox Sports, and Travis Branham from 247Sports, as well as three anonymous college coaches, as revealed in a recent poll conducted by The Post.