Bills Welcome Wofford on Saturday Night
SETTING THE SCENE
Saint Louis plays its first of three consecutive home games at Chaifetz Arena Saturday, Dec. 14, against Wofford College. Tip time is scheduled for 7 p.m.
FOLLOWING THE ACTION
Saturday’s game will be televised on FOX Sports Midwest’s alternate channel, with Scott Warmann and Scott Highmark on the call. PLEASE VISIT SLUBILLIKENS.COM FOR CHANNEL INFORMATION. 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. The game will also be streamed, for a fee, 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).
• The Billikens begin a three-game homestand Saturday against Wofford. SLU, which has won two in a row, enters Saturday’s game with an 8-2 record.
• In SLU’s last outing, Mike McCall Jr. converted a putback at the buzzer to lift Saint Louis to a 67-65 victory at Valparaiso. Dwayne Evans posted his first double-double of the season with 21 points and 10 rebounds.
• Five Billikens average 8.1 ppg or more. Senior forward Dwayne Evans (15.7 ppg) and senior guards Jordair Jett (10.5) and Mike McCall Jr. (10.0) score in double figures for SLU. Senior forward Rob Loe contributes 8.5 ppg, while sophomore guard Austin McBroom averages 8.1 ppg.
• Junior forward Grandy Glaze is SLU’s top rebounder with 6.7 rpg. Dwayne Evans follows with 5.5 rpg.
• Senior guard Jordair Jett, who dished out a career-high nine assists at Valparaiso, is tied for second in the A-10 with 4.7 assists per game. Senior guard Mike McCall Jr. leads the team and is sixth in the league with 1.8 spg.
• The Billikens lead the Atlantic 10 Conference in scoring defense, yielding 58.4 ppg. SLU is first in field-goal percentage defense (.389) and second in 3-point field goal percentage defense (.242). The Billikens are also first in the A-10 in scoring margin (+12.6) and assist-turnover ratio (+1.4).
• 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.
• Saturday’s game is the first of three straight home contests. Next up, SLU welcomes Indiana State to Chaifetz Arena for a 7 p.m. tip on Wednesday, Dec. 18. North Carolina A&T comes to town Saturday, Dec. 21, for a 3 p.m. tipoff.
LAST TIME OUT
• Saint Louis senior guard Mike McCall Jr.’s tip-in at the buzzer lifted Saint Louis to a thrilling 67-65 victory at Valparaiso Saturday night at the Athletic Recreation Center on the Valpo campus.
• With the win, Saint Louis improved to 8-2, while Valpo dipped to 6-5. It was the Billikens third straight non-conference road win.
• The Billikens led throughout until Valpo hit a layup with 3.8 seconds remaining to tie it up. Senior forward Rob Loe drove the hole and put up a shot that was blocked. SLU crashed the boards, and it was McCall who put it back. After the official confirmed the basket at the monitor, the SLU sideline erupted as the Billikens came away with the two-point road victory.
• Senior forward Dwayne Evans, who fed Loe on the final inbounds play, recorded a double-double with 21 points and 10 rebounds. He was 6-of-15 from the field and 9-of-12 from the charity stripe. He hit several key free throws down the stretch to keep the Billikens ahead.
• Senior guard Jordair Jett scored 10 points and dished out a career-high nine assists. Junior forward Grandy Glaze had 14 points and five boards for the Billikens.
• Dwayne Evans is the Billikens’ active leading scorer with 1,181 career points, which is 18th all-time in school history. He is seven points away from surpassing Carl Johnson for 17th 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 22 points for 1,000 and Jordair Jett needs 127.
CHAIRMAN OF THE BOARD
• Dwayne Evans is moving up the career rebounding list with 775 career boards. Two weeks ago, he moved past Billiken Hall of Famer Joe Wiley for sixth on the chart.
• Evans needs seven 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. have been battling it out all season for a better spot in top 10.
• Currently, Jett is sixth with 139 steals, while McCall Jr. follows in seventh with 136 steals.
• Grandy Glaze’s double-double against Southeast Missouri State in the opener was the first of his career. He is one of three active Billikens with double-doubles, joining Dwayne Evans (19) and Rob Loe (1). Loe neared a double-double against Oral Roberts but fell one rebound shy. Mike McCall Jr. was one rebound away from his first double-double at Southern Illinois. Jordair Jett needed one more assist at Valpo for the rare points-assist double-double.
• Wofford College enters the game against the Billikens with a 3-5 record.
• The Terriers are led in scoring by sophomore guard Spencer Collins, who averages 14.4 ppg. Junior forward Lee Skinner pumps in 10.4 ppg and pulls down a team-leading 7.9 rpg.
• Junior guard Indiana Faithfull is Wofford’s top assist man, dishing out 2.5 assists per contest. Junior guard Karl Cochran and freshman guard Eric Garcia lead the team with 10 3-pointers.
• In their last outing, the Terriers dropped a 63-60 decision at home to William & Mary. Sophomore guard Spencer Collins led the way with 15 points, while freshman guard Jaylen Allen contributed 13 points.
• Junior guard Karl Cochran was named to the 2013-14 preseason All-Conference team by the league’s coaches. Cochran, a native of Marietta, Ga., led the Terriers in scoring last season with 15.6 points per game. Among Southern Conference players he was first in steals, third in scoring, and third in 3-pointers per game. He earned All-Southern Conference second-team honors from the media and in 2012 was named the league’s Freshman of the Year.
• Wofford head coach Mike Young is in his 12th season and has an overall record of 172-177. He is the second-longest tenured coach in the league. In 2010-11, he led Wofford to a second straight SoCon championship and NCAA Tournament berth. He was named Southern Conference Coach of the Year in 2009-10 after a 26-9 season and the school’s first trip to the NCAA Tournament.
• Wofford College is a private liberal arts institution located in Spartanburg, S.C. The college was established in 1854 with a bequest of $100,000 from the Rev. Benjamin Wofford.
This will be the first meeting between the two teams.