When Saint Louis learned they would no longer have Rick Majerus as their coach, not many people expected the Billikens to have a good year. Then when Majerus passed away, it looked even worse, but it has been the opposite as the Billikens are playing inspired basketball and tonight they will have an opportunity to clinch the regular season Atlantic 10 championship with a win over Xavier.
An 11 game winning streak has Saint Louis currently 23-5 overall and 12-2 in a very difficult A 10 conference. The Billikens are currently ranked 16th in the country and have been flying under the radar for most of the season.
Their resume isn’t to shabby either as they have beaten Butler in both conference games and Virginia Commonwealth in their only A-10 meeting. The Billikens have also beaten a very good New Mexico team and have shown they can play with toughness which can carry them a far way come tournament time.
A win tonight over Xavier will give the Billikens the top overall seed in their conference tournament to go along with a regular season conference championship. One not many expected from this team especially with mid-majors Butler and VCU joining the Atlantic 10 conference this season.
Saint Louis managed to go a combined 3-0 against both of those teams. Their only two conference losses came back-to-back when they lost at Temple and then fell at home to Rhode Island in overtime.
The loss to URI is a pretty bad loss especially at home, but a loss on the road to Temple is one any team can deal with.
A balanced attack is what the Billikens will bring at you and that is a recipe for success come post-season play. You never know who is going to step up and lead this team and it has them playing great basketball.