VCU's Johnson 'doubtful' for NCAA opener

VCU's Johnson 'doubtful' for NCAA opener
March 18, 2014, 11:30 am

VCU guard Melvin Johnson is 'doubtful' for Friday's NCAA Tournament opener against Stephen F. Austin, the school's athletic department announced on Tuesday. The Rams' third-leading scorer suffered a sprained knee in Saturday's Atlantic 10 Tournament semifinal win over George Washington.

The Rams (26-8) received the fifth seed in the South Region. They will face No. 12 seed Stephen F. Austin (31-2)  in San Diego. The winner will meet No. 4 UCLA or No. 13 Tulsa on Sunday.

Johnson, the Atlantic 10's sixth-man of the year, averaged 10.6 and led VCU's regulars with 39.5 percent shooting beyond the 3-point arc. The Rams survived after Johnson suffered an injury in the first half versus GW, but they fell to Saint Joseph's in the A-10 championship game.

The announcement came VCU athletic department's Twitter account. In a subsequent tweet regarding a question posed about Johnson's status for any future games, VCU responded, "Don't know yet. We'll see how this week goes." He reportedly had an MRI exam on Monday.

VCU will play in its fourth straight NCAA Tournament. The Rams have won at least one game in their previous three appearances.

The Lumberjacks won the Southland regular season and tournament titles.

Friday's tip time is scheduled for 7:27 p.m. ET on TruTV.