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SLU making shots, winning quality games

Posted on: November 25, 2011 5:21 pm
Edited on: November 25, 2011 5:27 pm
By Gary Parrish

When I spoke to Rick Majerus earlier this week it was clear to me that he liked his team and the direction of his program in general, but he kept coming back to the same phrase: "We've only won three games."

That was Majerus' way of tapping the breaks after a 77-64 win over Washington.

But now look.

The Billikens moved from 3-0 to 5-0 with Thursday's 62-51 win over Boston College and Friday's 80-68 win over Villanova, and now they're just a win over Oklahoma or Santa Clara away from winning the 76 Classic and breaking into the Associated Press and Coaches polls. They received votes in both last week and were the first team left out of the Top 25 (and one).

So there's a reason for SLU fans to be excited -- and it's not just because the Billikens are undefeated.

Lots of teams are still undefeated because of how they schedule, but this is not a cupcake-induced record. SLU already owns wins over a Pac-12 school (Washington), an ACC school (Boston College) and a Big East school (Villanova), and the wins over Washington and Villanova are quality considering both of those teams were ranked in the preseason Top 25 (and one). Also worth noting: All of SLU's wins are by double-digits, meaning the Billikens are beating folks solidly and convincingly. And they're doing it with the 3-point shot.

SLU is averaging 8.4 3-point makes per game.

SLU is shooting 42.9 percent as a team from beyond the arc.

SLU made nine threes against Washington and 14 against Villanova.

So, yes, it's still early, and I suppose the Billikens could stop making shots in time. But that 3-0 record has now moved to 5-0, and it looks like Xavier and Temple are gonna have some company at the top of the Atlantic 10.
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Since: Jan 7, 2009
Posted on: November 27, 2011 8:29 pm

SLU making shots, winning quality games

Why does this surprise anybody? Rick Majerus has been an excellent basketball coach since he was an assistant to Al Mcguire at Marquette. He's one of the very few coaches who will design a style of play based on personnel. Not like most coaches, who only know how they want their team to play, no matter the talent level. Everytime that he has a couple of really good players, he wins lots of games. Not like Duke or North Carolina. Who have all-americans up and down their lineups. All Rick needs is a couple, and he fills the rest with role players and then he wins. If he ever had the players of a top 15 team, he would get to the final four, easily.

Since: Nov 27, 2011
Posted on: November 27, 2011 12:52 pm

SLU making shots, winning quality games

Sounds like alot of haters to me...Billiken Nation Baby!!!!!!!

Since: Jul 11, 2008
Posted on: November 27, 2011 12:00 pm

SLU making shots, winning quality games

St Louis' best shot at cracking the polls is in the Coach's Poll.

Take your pick Goodman/Parrish...   SLU  OR  Harvard.  You can't have both.

Neither SLU or Harvard have received enough previous votes to be in striking distance
in the AP Poll. 

Since: Dec 16, 2008
Posted on: November 25, 2011 7:44 pm

SLU making shots, winning quality games

Sorry but I agree with the first poster. I've seen Villanova play this season and they dont look good at all.

They are a clear bubble team this season. This is the first quality team they've played all year, and they barely managed to beat the scrubs they played earlier.

Since: Aug 22, 2008
Posted on: November 25, 2011 7:22 pm

SLU making shots, winning quality games

Im a Nova fan and I wouldn't count Villanova as a quality win until at least another month into the schedule.  Villanova consistently plays about 5 - 7 players who have not played a college basketball game until this season.  Yes, Yarou, Wayns, Cheek and Bell have played plenty, but there is not a single scholarship senior on the team.  Until they get used to playing with each other in game situations, they aren't going to be as good as their players individual talent would lead many to believe.

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