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St. John's vs St. Thomas Aquinas: game thread, TV info, what to watch for

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John Alber

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Saturday, November 8th, 2014
When: 2:00 PM Eastern
St. John's (0-0) vs St. Thomas Aquinas
Pomeroy Rank: St. John's: 39 | St. Thomas Aquinas: [Division II]
Carnesecca Arena (Capacity: 5,602)
Where: Queens, NY
TVESPN3
Radio: n/a
Line: n/a

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Last week's exhibition against Humboldt State revealed the new Chris Obekpa, but also featured a team figuring out how to play without a second big man - not just the loss of Keith Thomas, who would not have played 40 minutes per game, but also the losses of last year's bigs, Orlando Sanchez, Jakarr Sampson and God`sGift Achiuwa.

Rebounding was an issue, and the team struggled to put a good team effort in the first half.

The second exhibition game of the preseason is where the Red Storm hope to get the arrows pointing in the right direction.

[Pregame scouting/ preview]

What to watch for

Better ball handling.

Rysheed Jordan's eight turnovers are way too much for a player who may be the bellwether of the team. He has to match his scoring aggressiveness with better ball control - and perhaps some of the spectacular assists he can hand out.

Rebounding/ the paint

The issues in the paint won't go away. Chris Obekpa is only one player, and only the best can be one-man rebounding gangs - the Red Storm need glass contributions from the guards, Dir`Dominic Pointer, and the bench.

Game 2, sans jitters

Will Amar Alibegovic and Phil Greene IV provide more support for the Red Storm from the outside than last week?