Saturdays in November are typically light days in college basketball because football dominates every television window. Thus, most prominent programs simply schedule around it, which is why Saint Louis was the only team in the CBS Sports Top 25 And 1 daily college basketball rankings to play Saturday.
Final score: SLU 83, Evansville 65.
The Billikens are now 2-0 with double-digit wins over mid-major opponents, and the good news is that Javonte Perkins looks more or less like the player who led the team in scoring two years ago before suffering a season-ending ACL injury last October during an exhibition. It was an unfortunate development, but now the 6-foot-6 senior is healthy and back performing well. Through two games, he's averaging 17.0 points in 27.5 minutes while shooting 50.0% from 3-point range and 87.5% from the free throw line.
The Billikens' next game is Tuesday night when the Champions Classic featuring Kentucky-Michigan State and Duke-Kansas will get most of the attention. However, SLU-Memphis will also be worth monitoring considering it'll be a showdown between two veteran-laden teams projected to make the 2023 NCAA Tournament; Memphis and Saint Louis rank sixth and 10th, respectively, in Division I experience, according to KenPom.com. Both teams are old and led by excellent point guards — namely Kendric Davis and Yuri Collins, the latter of whom is averaging a national-best 13.5 assists per game for SLU after leading the country in the same category last season.
Saint Louis remains No. 26 in Sunday morning's updated CBS Sports Top 25 And 1. After the Billikens play Memphis on Tuesday, they'll play Maryland on Saturday at the Mohegan Sun in Connecticut.
Top 25 And 1 rankings
|Drew Timme finished with 22 points, 13 rebounds and four assists in Friday's 64-63 win over Michigan State. The Zags' next game is Wednesday at Texas.||--||31-6|
|Armando Bacot finished with 28 points and six rebounds in Friday's 102-86 win over Charleston. The Tar Heels' next game is Tuesday against Gardner-Webb.||--||20-13|
|Jarace Walker finished with 23 points and eight rebounds in Friday's 81-55 win over Saint Joseph's. The Cougars' next game is Monday against Oral Roberts.||--||33-4|
|Antonio Reeves finished with 18 points and three rebounds in Friday's 77-52 win over Duquesne. The Wildcats' next game is Tuesday against Michigan State.||--||22-12|
|Kyle Filipowski finished with 15 points and 10 rebounds in Friday's 84-38 win over South Carolina Upstate. The Blue Devils' next game is Tuesday against Kansas.||--||27-9|
|Ricky Council IV finished with 15 points and seven assists in Friday's 74-48 win over Fordham. The Razorbacks' next game is Wednesday against South Dakota State.||--||22-14|
|Keyonte George finished with 23 points and seven assists in Friday's 87-70 win over Norfolk State. The Bears' next game is Monday against Northern Colorado.||--||23-11|
|Jalen Wilson finished with 21 points and nine rebounds in Thursday's 82-59 win over North Dakota State. The Jayhawks' next game is Tuesday against Duke.||--||28-8|
|Tyreke Key finished with 17 points and four rebounds in Monday's 75-43 win over Tennessee Tech. The Vols' next game is Sunday against Colorado.||--||25-11|
|Jaylen Clark finished with 16 points, seven rebounds, five assists and four steals in Friday's 93-69 win over Long Beach State. The Bruins' next game is Monday against Norfolk State.||--||31-6|
|Ryan Kalbrenner finished with 24 points and seven rebounds in Thursday's 96-61 win over North Dakota. The Bluejays' next game is Monday against Holy Cross.||--||24-13|
|Marcus Carr finished with 11 points and four steals in Thursday's 82-31 win over Houston Christian. The Longhorns' next game is Wednesday against Gonzaga.||--||29-9|
|Trayce Jackson-Davis finished with 21 points and six rebounds in Thursday's 101-49 win over Bethune-Cookman. The Hoosiers' next game is Friday against Xavier.||--||23-12|
|Wendell Green Jr. finished with 20 points and four assists in Friday's 67-59 win over USF. The Tigers' next game is Tuesday against Winthrop.||--||21-13|
|Mike Miles Jr. finished with 26 points, five assists and five rebounds in Friday's 77-66 win over Lamar. The Horned Frogs' next game is Monday against Northwestern State.||--||22-13|
|Isaac McKneely finished with 15 points and two rebounds in Friday's 89-42 win over Monmouth. The Cavaliers' next game is Monday against Northern Iowa.||--||25-8|
|Oumar Ballo finished with 17 points and eight rebounds in Friday's 95-78 win over Southern. The Wildcats' next game is Thursday against Utah Tech.||--||28-7|
|Henry Coleman III finished with 13 points and 11 rebounds in Friday's 77-58 win over Abilene Christian. The Aggies' next game is Thursday against Murray State.||--||25-10|
|Hunter Dickinson finished with 31 points and seven rebounds in Friday's 88-83 win over Eastern Michigan. The Wolverines' next game is Wednesday against Pitt.||--||18-16|
San Diego St.
|Jaedon LeDee finished with 23 points and six rebounds in Friday's 82-75 win over BYU. The Aztecs' next game is Tuesday at Stanford.||--||32-7|
|Marcus Sears finished with 22 points and eight rebounds in Friday's 95-59 win over Liberty. The Crimson Tide's next game is Tuesday at South Alabama.||--||31-6|
|Zach Edey finished with 30 points and 11 rebounds in Friday's 63-44 win over Austin Peay. The Boilermakers' next game is Tuesday against Marquette.||--||29-6|
|DaRon Holmes II finished with 20 points, seven rebounds and five blocks in Friday's 74-62 win over SMU. The Flyers' next game is Tuesday at UNLV.||--||22-12|
|Zed Key finished with 17 points and 13 rebounds in Thursday's 82-56 win over Charleston Southern. The Buckeyes' next game is Wednesday against Eastern Illinois.||--||16-19|
|Mady Sissoko finished with 14 points and nine rebounds in Friday's 64-63 loss to Gonzaga. The Spartans' next game is Tuesday against Kentucky||--||21-13|
|Gibson Jimerson finished with 18 points and five rebounds in Saturday's 83-65 win over Evansville. The Billikens' next game is Tuesday against Memphis.||--||21-12|