St. John’s 79
#1 Villanova 75
Jungle Karma: undefeated
I’ve said it before and I will say it again – Jungle Karma is real. And you saw it in action on CBS Sports Network on Tuesday during the show and then again on Wednesday night during the game.
St. John’s head coach and legend Chris Mullin came on the show Tuesday and did a great interview, as he always does. Then he took his Red Storm down to Philadelphia and beat the number one team in the nation in their house last night. I don’t want to take all the credit, but I will point out that was Nova’s first loss since December and their first home loss all season.
How historic was that win? The last time St. John’s beat the number one team in the nation, Chris Mullin wasn’t coaching, Chris Mullin was playing and he dropped 20 on Georgetown. 33 years ago.
And let’s be clear about this: Jay Wright’s crew is elite. They’ve got Jalen Brunson, the potential national player of the year, and scorers up and down the lineup. But even they were powerless against the karma.
Shamorie Ponds had 26 for St. John’s, because of course he would. There was no way that Chris Mullin was going to come on the show, we were going to talk about Ponds, and the fact that he has some Brooklyn in him and then Ponds was going to go out and stink up the joint. That was never happening. This guy rolled up to Mitch Kupchak and said, “I’m Shamorie Ponds and I’m from Brooklyn.” Of course he’s going to have some karma and a great game.
But that’s the thing that’s tricky about the karma. I get asked about it all the time and I still can’t explain it. I know a few things about it though. There are some rules to it. And those rules are as follows: you come on the show, you do a good interview on the show, and the karma will follow you. Now, it’s not always instant karma. It’s not like the moment you hang up the phone, you’re going to find 20 bucks on the ground or cash a winning lottery ticket, but if you respect the show, the karma will respect you.
And now there’s a simulcast element to all of this. I’ll be honest, when we first started talking about simulcasting the show, I thought about the karma. How would that be impacted by bringing in cameras? Because you would think that having the show simulcast on CBS Sports Network might demystify some of the karma. When you bring in cameras and let people behind the scenes, some of the mystery fades. But it hasn’t. Because the Jungle Karma can’t be demystified and it can’t be controlled. It’s a force. It’s larger than me, it’s larger than you, it’s larger than all of us.
And Chris Mullin had a huge dose of it last night. And as if things couldn’t get any better for St. John’s and their fans, I’ve got even better news. The legend, Rich Ackerman, is on the call for their game Saturday against Marquette. And you better believe Smackerman’s got some Jungle Karma.