St. John’s/St. Thomas preview

MIAC men’s basketball

St. John’s (2-5 MIAC, 3-9 overall)

at St. Thomas (8-0 MIAC, 13-0 overall)

Game time: 3:05 p.m., Schoenecker Arena, St. Paul

Broadcast: TV: KSTC (Channel 45); Radio: WBHR-AM 660

About the Johnnies: St. John’s has lost four straight games and five of its past seven. The Johnnies are shooting just 43.7 percent from the field, which ranks them 10th out of 11 teams in the MIAC. Only Macalester (41.5 percent) ranks lower. Senior Chris Neumann had a career-best 22 points in Wednesday night’s 70-67 loss to Concordia. He was a perfect 11-for-11 from the field.

About the Tommies: St. John’s swept St. Thomas in a pair of regular season meetings last season, the first time that had happened in 18 years. But the Tommies are rolling this year, ranked No. 2 in the latest Division III poll and could well be No. 1 by next week. Senior Tommy Hannon has recorded a double-double in three of the past five games. St. Thomas is shooting 53.1 percent from the field as a team, ranking them tops in the league.

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