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VCU rallies to beat St. John's 75-69 in Battle 4 Atlantis

VCU rallies to beat St. John's 75-69 in Battle 4 Atlantis

Louisville left the Atlantis resort and its sun-splashed splendor on Saturday with one high-quality win, one shaky victory and one loss that will sting for a little bit.

Atlantis organizers landed their dream matchup, the two highest-ranked teams facing each other in the final with No. 10 Louisville (5-0) facing off against No. 20 Baylor (5-0) Friday at 3:30 p.m. ET at Imperial Arena at Atlantis in the Bahamas. Head coach Rick Pitino said his staff had about 55 minutes to teach it to this season's group.

Florida State's Jonathan Isaac (1) drives past from Temple's Ernest Aflakpui (24) during an NCAA college basketball game in the semifinals of the NIT Season Tip-Off tournament in New York, Thursday, Nov. 24, 2016.

Louisville: The Cardinals host Purdue on Wednesday night in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge. That game didn't end until almost 1 a.m. and the Cardinals had to play Wichita State on Thursday in the semifinals. We probably played 25 to 30 good minutes last game and probably about 30 tonight.

Senior guard Eron Harris started to come on over the past two games, scoring 31 points against Florida Gulf Coast on Sunday and adding 14 points and seven rebounds against St. John's.

“We were able to get stops and we were able to get some transition buckets, ” Baylor coach Scott Drew said. "And we didn't attack it very well". We've got to make sure we are good defensively ... U of L needs him to find a way to learn the team's defense and avoid becoming a shot vacuum when he has the ball.

-Louisville will be seeking its the 29th regular season tournament championship.

Baylor beat VCU 71-63 in the quarterfinals after trailing by eight points at the half.

The Dukes scored just five points in the final 10:33 of the second half, as UT-Martin came from behind to defeat Duquesne 66-63. Once Baylor erased a three-point halftime with a quick 12-2 run to open the second half, the game was over.

Despite the Rams' 71-63 loss at the hands of #20 Baylor, they proved today that they can compete with nearly anyone in the country.

When Motley is on, he's terrific, but the Bears also have depth, toughness, size, shooting and versatility. Drew's team shot 65 percent from the field, received 25 combined points from McClure and Maston and scored nine points off turnovers.

He finished 8 of 9 from the floor while also pulling down eight rebounds.

The Gophers (6-0) won despite missing starting center Reggie Lynch, who sat with an ankle injury.

And they have a chance to show off their team against a highly ranked opponent one more time before Big 12 Conference play when they play Xavier at the beginning of next month. Lual-Acuil scored the first of his 14 second-half points with a dunk to give the Bears a 42-35 lead. Jaylen Johnson added 10 points, the only front-court player for Louisville to reach double-digits. The Tigers dropped the first game of the tournament to Wichita State 82-47 before defeating Old Dominion on Thanksgiving 66-60. The game will be televised on ESPN.