Billikens Host Rockhurst Tuesday at Chaifetz Arena
SETTING THE SCENE
Saint Louis resumes its busy schedule with its sixth game in 13 days when Rockhurst comes to town Tuesday, Dec. 3. Game time at Chaifetz Arena is scheduled for 7:30 p.m.
FOLLOWING THE ACTION
Tuesday’s will be televised on FOX Sports Midwest, with Pat Parris and Scott Highmark on the call. The radio broadcast will air on 101 ESPN 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. Live stats and live video through the A-10 Digital Network are available on SLUBillikens.com.
SCORE AND STATS ON YOUR PHONE
StatBroadcast is the live stats provider for Billiken basketball homes games and is designed for media and public use. The web address is slu.statbroadcast.com. You can receive live stats on your mobile device by typing slustats.com into your browser. The stats are updated in real time, whether you are watching from your seat inside Chaifetz Arena or following on your phone in the Czech Republic (like Kwamain Mitchell) or Australia (like Brian Conklin).
JESUIT BASKETBALL SPOTLIGHT
Tuesday’s game against fellow Jesuit institution Rockhurst University is part of the Jesuit Basketball Spotlight. This winter, the Association of Jesuit Colleges and Universities (AJCU) will celebrate the fifth anniversary of the Jesuit Basketball Spotlight (JBS) program. Since the 2008-2009 season, JBS has brought greater positive awareness and exposure to Jesuit education and its shared mission to thousands of people across the nation who have attended over 450 basketball games played by Jesuit institutions against each other.
Tuesday’s game against Rockhurst is the nightcap of a doubleheader with the women’s team, who play Tulsa at 4:30 p.m. at Chaifetz Arena. One ticket is good for both games.
• The Billikens enter Tuesday’s game with a 6-2 record.
• In its last outing, Saint Louis dropped a 70-65 decision to No. 12 Wichita State at Chaifetz Arena. Dwayne Evans led the Billikens in scoring for the second-straight game, tallying 18 points. The Billikens survived a 17-0 Wichita State run in the first half – during which the Billikens suffered 13 consecutive possessions – to earn a 29-28 lead at intermission.
• The Rockhurst game is part of the Jesuit Basketball Spotlight, a nationwide effort to bring greater positive awareness and exposure to Jesuit education and its shared mission through basketball games.
• The Billikens are in the midst of a busy schedule. Including Sunday’s game and Tuesday’s matchup against Rockhurst, SLU will have played six games in 13 days.
• Five Billikens average 9.1 ppg or more. Senior forward Dwayne Evans (14.9 ppg) and senior guards Mike McCall Jr. (11.1) and Jordair Jett (10.4) score in double figures for SLU. Senior forward Rob Loe contributes 9.4 ppg, while sophomore guard Austin McBroom averages 9.1 ppg.
• Junior forward Grandy Glaze, who recorded a double-double in the season-opening win against Southeast Missouri State, is SLU’s top rebounder with 6.3 rpg. Senior guard Jordair Jett leads the team and is tied for fourth in the A-10 with 4.4 apg, while senior guard Mike McCall Jr. leads the team and is fifth in the league with 2.1 spg.
• Saint Louis was picked to finish second in the A-10 by a vote of A-10 head coaches and media. Evans was a preseason first-team All-Conference selection, while Jett was named to the preseason All-Conference third team as well as the preseason All-Defensive team.
• Saint Louis, which has advanced to back-to-back NCAA Tournaments, is the reigning Atlantic 10 Conference champion. The Billikens captured the 2012-13 A-10 regular-season title outright, then claimed the A-10 Championship at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, N.Y.
• The Billikens are 3-1 this season at Chaifetz Arena. SLU is 35-4 the last three seasons, including a 17-2 mark last season. In six seasons at the 10,600-seat Chaifetz Arena, the Billikens are 76-18.
LAST TIME OUT
• Dwayne Evans scored 16 of his team-high 18 points in the second half, but 12th-ranked Wichita State outscored Saint Louis 19-7 down the stretch and escaped Chaifetz Arena with a 70-65 victory over the Billikens Sunday afternoon.
• Wichita State, a 2013 Final Four participant, improved to 8-0, while Saint Louis slipped to 6-2.
• Evans was joined in double figures by Mike McCall Jr. (12 points), Jordair Jett (12) and Rob Loe (11). Evans tied for team-high rebounding honors with Loe (five), for the team lead in assists with Jett (four) and for the team steals lead with Jett and McCall Jr. (three).
• The Billikens registered a season-high 12 steals, forcing the Shockers – who came in averaging fewer than 10 turnovers per game – into 18 miscues. That helped SLU earn a 25-8 advantage in points off turnovers. However, the Billikens shot just 39.6 percent overall and 26.3 percent from 3-point range.
• The Billikens are continuing their trend from last season by having a balanced scoring attack.
• SLU features five players who average 9.0 ppg or more. Last season, the Billikens had six players finish with 7.0 ppg or more.
• SLU’s scoring was so spread out last year that no Billiken finished in the top 10 in scoring in the A-10. In A-10 games only, no Billiken appeared in the top 10 despite ranking seventh in the league in scoring offense. SLU’s leading scorer from last year, Dwayne Evans (14.0 ppg), was 15th in the A-10 in scoring.
• No Billiken is in the top 10 in scoring the A-10. Only Dwayne Evans (14th in A-10 with 14.9 ppg) is in the top 30 in scoring in the league.
• Saint Louis’ senior class has the chance to go down as the winningest class in school history. Currently, the group has 72 victories. The Billikens need to post 24 victories this season to better the four-year class of Cory Remekun and Cody Ellis, who had 89 wins in their careers from 2009-10 to 2012-13.
• The all-time winningest player in school history is Kwamain Mitchell. He was a part of 95 victories in his career from 2008-09 to 2009-10, and 2011-12 to 2012-13.
• Dwayne Evans is the Billikens’ active leading scorer with 1,143 career points, which is 20th all-time in school history. He is 19 points away from surpassing Brian Conklin for 19th on the all-time chart. Evans became the 28th player in SLU’s 1,000-point club last year in the NCAA Tournament win against New Mexico State.
• Several players could soon be joining Evans in the 1,000-point club. Mike McCall Jr. needs 33 points for 1,000 and Jordair Jett needs 149.
CHAIRMAN OF THE BOARD
• Dwayne Evans is moving up the career rebounding list with 754 career boards. Last week, he moved past Billiken Hall of Famer Joe Wiley for sixth on the chart.
• Evans needs 23 more rebounds to surpass Roland Gray for fifth on the all-time list.
• Another record to watch is the Billikens’ all-time steals list. Jordair Jett and Mike McCall Jr. are battling it out for a better spot in top 10.
• Currently, McCall is sixth with 135 steals, while Jett follows in seventh with 134 steals.
• Rockhurst enters Tuesday’s game 3-3 overall.
• Brandon McCann leads the team in scoring with 17.3 ppg, while Russell Burns contributes 10.2 ppg.
• Head coach Bill O’Connor is in his 20th season as the head coach of the Hawks. He has been coaching basketball on the high school, junior college and college level for the past 40 years. He is the winningest coach in the history of Rockhurst men’s basketball with 261 victories. He was named the Great Lakes Valley Conference Coach of the Year in 2008-09 and the Heartland Conference Coach of the Year in 2001-02 and 2002-03.
• Saint Louis leads the all-time series 12-4. The last time the teams met was on Nov. 15, 2010, a 72-45 Billiken victory at Chaifetz Arena.