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St. John’s vs. VCU, 2016 Battle 4 Atlantis: Game time, what channel is AXS TV, players to watch and more

After falling to Michigan State, the tests don’t get much easier for St. John’s, as they take on the VCU Rams.

NCAA Basketball: Battle 4 Atlantis-Michigan State vs St. John's Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports

How to watch

Game Time: 7 p.m. ET

TV: AXS TV


Series History

There have been no prior meetings between the Red Storm and Rams entering this matchup on Thanksgiving night since at least the 1949-50 season per Sports-Reference.com’s Play Index.


The Stakes

Both VCU and St. John’s were unsuccessful in their first matchups in the Battle 4 Atlantis. While the Red Storm succumbed to Miles Bridges and the Michigan State Spartans, the Rams fell to Manu Lacomte, Johnathan Motley and the Baylor Bears. These two clubs will be hoping not to fall further down the ladder on the loser’s side of the bracket.


Players to Watch

St. John’s

Marcus LoVett: The Johnnies’ point guard continues to revel in the spotlight. While he wasn’t at his most efficient against the Spartans, LoVett still amassed 20 points in 30 minutes of action. It was the third straight game that LoVett had hit 20 or more points, and he fell just one point shy of that mark in the opener against Bethune Cookman. The Red Storm will have to hope that LoVett brings his A-game for them to be able to pull off the upset against the Rams on Thursday night.

VCU

JeQuan Lewis: The senior for VCU has been terrific to start the season. In those aforementioned first four games, he’s amassed an average of 13.25 points per game including a 22-point outburst against the Bears. Lewis has been a dynamo from an efficiency standpoint, posting TS% and eFG% numbers of over 61 percent in both categories, and has posted a 3-point percentage of 46.2 percent. The Red Storm will have to keep an eye out for him on the perimeter, because he is lethal when he gets it going.