MBB Preview: Billikens Face Fordham Wednesday in the Bronx
Saint Louis (16-5, 5-2 A-10) at Fordham (6-16, 2-5 A-10)
Wednesday, Feb. 6, 2013 • 7 p.m. (CT) • Bronx, N.Y. (Rose Hill Gym)
TV: CBS Sports Network (Tom McCarthy, Steve Wolf)
Radio: 101 ESPN/101.1 FM/101Sports.com (Bob Ramsey, Earl Austin Jr.)
SETTING THE SCENE
Saint Louis (16-5, 5-2 A-10) takes its four-game winning streak to the road Wednesday when it faces Fordham in the Bronx, N.Y. Game time at historic Rose Hill Gym is scheduled for 7 p.m. (CT).
FOLLOWING THE ACTION
Wednesday's game will be televised nationally on CBS Sports Network, with Tom McCarthy and Steve Wolf on the call. A channel finder is available here. The radio broadcast will air on 101 ESPN (101.1 FM and 101sports.com). As always, Billiken Hall of Famer Bob Ramsey will provide the play-by-play, while St. Louis American Sports Editor Earl Austin Jr. handles the analysis.
• The annual "Billiken Blue Out" will take place Tuesday, Feb. 19, versus VCU. The Royal Banks of Missouri "Great Baby Race" is scheduled for Saturday, March 9, against La Salle.
• Chaifetz Arena offers special "happy hour" deals at all home games. From the opening of doors (two hours before tip) until 30 minutes before game time, fans can take advantage of $2 nachos and $2 beers.
LAST TIME OUT
• Rob Loe scored a game-high 17 points to lead four SLU players in double figures, and the Billikens registered their largest victory margin of the season - and second largest ever in an Atlantic 10 Conference game - in an 81-52 thrashing of Dayton last Saturday at Chaifetz Arena.
• In addition to recording a season high for points, Saint Louis limited Dayton to its season scoring low. Also, SLU connected on 50.9 percent (29-of-57) from the floor - its best mark in an A-10 game this year - giving the Billikens consecutive 50-percent shooting performances for the first time this season. The Bills shot 50 percent against Butler.
• Loe's 5-of-9 shooting effort included a 3-of-6 performance from beyond the arc, and he was 4-of-5 from the foul line. His six rebounds helped the Billikens edge the Flyers 31-29 on the glass.
• Dwayne Evans netted 15 points (6-of-9 FG, 3-of-3 FT) and hauled in a game-high seven rebounds. Kwamain Mitchell was 3-of-5 from long range in his 12-point tally, and Jordair Jett (4-of-6 FG, 3-of-3 FT) scored 11 points while adding a game-high six assists and five rebounds.
• After forcing Butler into 23 turnovers on Thursday, Saint Louis pressured Dayton into 21 miscues and took full advantage. The Billikens, who committed just 12 giveaways, outscored the Flyers 30-9 in points off turnovers.
• Eleven of UD's 21 turnovers were the result of Saint Louis steals, giving the Billikens a double-digit theft total for a fifth consecutive outing.
• Saint Louis has won four in a row, the longest active streak in the Atlantic 10 Conference.
• SLU is receiving votes in the AP Top 25 (eight, 38th) and USA Today Coaches Poll (one, 43rd). The Billikens are also RV in the ESPN.com Power Rankings (19, 31st).
• The Bills lead the A-10 in scoring defense, yielding 57.6 ppg. In A-10 games, the Billikens lead the conference with 10.7 steals per game. SLU has registered double-digit steals in each of its last five game.
• Saint Louis features a balanced scoring attack, with seven players averaging 6.1 points or more per game. Three Billikens average double figures in scoring.
• In A-10 games only, SLU is second in scoring offense (71.4 points per game) and scoring defense (62.7 points allowed per game). The Bills lead the league in scoring margin (+8.7).
• Junior forward Dwayne Evans leads the team in scoring (11.1 ppg) and rebounding (6.5 rpg). He is 12th in the A-10 in rpg, which includes a 6.8 rpg mark in A-10 games.
• Senior forward Cody Ellis averages 10.8 ppg and is second on the team in rebounding. He is third in the A-10 in free-throw percentage (.882).
• Junior guard Mike McCall Jr. is third on the squad with 10.4 ppg. He tops the team and is second in the A-10 in 3-point field goal percentage (.453, 34-75).
• In A-10 games, senior guard Kwamain Mitchell averages 10.3 ppg and leads the team with 11 3-pointers and 22 steals.
• Junior guard Jordair Jett led all scorers with 19 points in the Bills' win last week against No. 9 Butler. He is fifth on the team in scoring (9.3 ppg) and leads the team in assists and steals.
• Junior forward Rob Loe is second on the squad in scoring in A-10 games, averaging 11.3 ppg. He also pulls down 5.0 rpg in conference play, which is second on the team.
• SLU shoots 44.9 percent (485-1079) from the floor, 35.7 percent (133-373) from 3-point range and 71.4 percent (320-448) from the line.
• Saint Louis travels straight from New York to Richmond, Va., where it will face the Richmond Spiders Saturday, Feb. 9. Game time at the Robins Center is 5 p.m. (CT).
• Fordham University has lost two in a row and five of its last six and enters Wednesday's game 6-16 overall, 2-5 in A-10 play.
• The Rams' two conference victories have come against Duquesne and Rhode Island, both at home.
• Branden Frazier leads the team with 16.0 ppg. He has dished out a team-leading 113 assists and ties for team-high honors with 21 steals. He needs 11 points to reach 1,000 for his career. Chris Gaston, who has missed the last four games due to injury, averages 8.1 rpg.
• Bryan Smith averaged 8.7 ppg and is tied with Frazier for the team lead with 38 3-pointers.
• Mandell Thomas is the reigning A-10 Rookie of the Week after averaging 16.5 ppg and 7.5 rpg against Saint Joseph's and VCU.
• Head coach Tom Pecora is in his third season at Fordham with a 24-56 record. He is 178-182 in 12 years overall.
• Fordham's home court, the Rose Hill Gymnasium, is the oldest gym still being used by an NCAA Division I basketball team. The Rose Hill Gym has been named as one of the Top Ten arenas by USA Today and was featured in the 2011-12 ESPN The Magazine College Basketball issue as one of four Cathedrals of College Basketball.
Saint Louis leads the all-time series 7-1 and has won the last five contests.