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St. John’s Men and Women to play doubleheader at MSG

Twice as nice: the men and women team up for their NYC matchups against Xavier.

NCAA Womens Basketball: NCAA Tournament-First Round-Auburn vs St. John's Ray Carlin-USA TODAY Sports

St. John’s men’s and women’s basketball teams will play a doubleheader at Madison Square Garden on Sunday, January 29.

Both teams will be facing off against Xavier, with the women’s team set to tip at 3 pm before the men begin action at 6 pm.

The men’s team struggled at MSG last season, losing all 4 of their Big East conference games held at the arena. They did, however, notch their biggest win of the season at The Garden as well, an 84-72 upset of Syracuse last December.

Second-year head coach Chris Mullin will have his work cut out for him all season, as the Johnnies look to drastically improve on their embarrassing 1-17 record in the Big East last year. There’s no better way to make a statement for the program than by beating a nationally-ranked opponent in The Garden, showing the potential of what St. John’s men’s hoops can be.

The women’s team is coming off a successful 23-10 season last year that earned them a trip to the NCAA tournament. The Red Storm, who return starters Aaliyah Lewis (8 points/ game), Imani Littleton (4 rebounds/ game) and bench spark Jade Walker (9 points/ game, two starts in 32 games), will be playing their first game at MSG since January 2015, when they lost to eventual national champion Connecticut.

The women will be looking for a new identity after losing standouts Danaejah Grant and Aliyyah Handford to graduation (and the WNBA Draft).