Billikens Host Indiana State Wednesday at 7 p.m.
SETTING THE SCENE
Saint Louis, a winner of its last three, takes on Indiana State Wednesday at Chaifetz Arena. Game time is scheduled for 7 p.m.
FOLLOWING THE ACTION
Wednesday’s game 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. The game will also be streamed in HD, for a fee, on SLUBillikens.com. The video feed may also be accessed on mobile devices via the Atlantic 10 Conference app.
SCORE AND STATS ON YOUR PHONE
StatBroadcast is the live stats provider for Billiken basketball home 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).
• Saint Louis (9-2) continues its three-game home stand Wednesday against Indiana State.
• The Billikens have won three in a row and led wire-to-wire in all three. The last time the Billikens trailed in a game was Dec. 1 against Wichita State.
• In SLU’s last outing, Jordair Jett scored a team-high 16 points to lead Saint Louis to a 66-52 victory over Wofford. Rob Loe contributed 14 points and three blocks, while Grandy Glaze pulled down a game-high 10 rebounds.
• Six Billikens average 6.3 ppg or more. Senior forward Dwayne Evans (14.6 ppg) and senior guards Jordair Jett (11.0) and Mike McCall Jr. (9.0) lead the way for SLU. Senior forward Rob Loe contributes 9.0 ppg, while sophomore guard Austin McBroom averages 7.4 ppg.
• Junior forward Grandy Glaze is SLU’s top rebounder with 7.0 rpg. He also scores 6.3 ppg. Dwayne Evans and Rob Loe are tied for second with 5.2 rpg apiece.
• Senior guard Jordair Jett, who dished out a career-high nine assists at Valparaiso, is third in the A-10 with 4.6 assists per game. Senior guard Mike McCall Jr. leads the team and is eighth in the league with 1.6 steals per game.
• The Billikens lead the Atlantic 10 Conference and are fifth nationally in scoring defense, yielding 57.8 ppg. SLU is second in the A-10 in field goal percentage defense (.291) and third in 3-point field goal percentage defense (.266). The Billikens are also first in the A-10 in scoring margin (+12.7) and assist-turnover ratio (+1.3).
• 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.
• Next up, the Billikens welcome North Carolina A&T to Chaifetz Arena for the final home game of 2013. SLU closes out the year Dec. 30 at Vanderbilt. After Saturday’s game against North Carolina A&T, SLU won’t return to Chaifetz Arena again until Jan. 4 against Yale.
LAST TIME OUT
• Jordair Jett equaled his season high with 16 points, and Saint Louis overcame a stubborn Wofford team to post a 66-52 victory over the Terriers Saturday night at Chaifetz Arena.
• Rob Loe scored 14 points for the Billikens (9-2), who captured a third consecutive victory. John Manning tied his career high with nine points, and Jake Barnett also scored nine.
• Grandy Glaze pulled down a game-high 10 rebounds to lead SLU to a 34-23 advantage on the glass. Jett, who was 6-of-8 from the field, also led the Billikens with four assists. Loe tied his career best with a game-high three blocks, while Austin McBroom picked up a game- and career-high three steals.
• Spencer Collins scored a game-high 17 points for Wofford (3-6), a member of the Southern Conference.
• The Billikens were whistled for a season-low 11 fouls, while Wofford’s 24 fouls were the most by a SLU opponent this year. The Bills took advantage by outscoring the Terriers by 11 points from the foul line, tying their season high with 19 free throws on a season-high 28 attempts.
1,000 POINT CLUB
• Dwayne Evans is the Billikens’ active leading scorer with 1,185 career points, which is 18th in school history. He is two 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.
• Two players could soon be joining Evans in the 1,000-point club. Mike McCall Jr. needs 15 points for 1,000 and Jordair Jett needs 111.
CHAIRMAN OF THE BOARD
• Dwayne Evans is moving up SLU’s career rebounding list with 777 career boards. Two weeks ago, he moved past Billiken Hall of Famer Joe Wiley for sixth on the chart.
• Evans needs five 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 all season for a better spot in the 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-assists double-double.
EVANS HAS CLASS
• Saint Louis senior forward Dwayne Evans is one of 30 men’s basketball players in the NCAA selected as a candidate for the 2013-14 Senior CLASS Award.
• To be eligible for the award, a student-athlete must be classified as an NCAA Division I senior and have notable achievement in four areas of excellence – community, classroom, character and competition.
• The list of 30 candidates will be narrowed to 10 finalists midway through the regular season. Those 10 names will be placed on the official ballot, which will be distributed through a nationwide voting system to media, coaches and fans. Together, they will select the one candidate who best exemplifies excellence in the four Cs of community, classroom, character and competition.
BARNETT A NOMINEE FOR NABC GOOD WORKS TEAM
• Saint Louis senior Jake Barnett is a nominee for the 2014 Allstate NABC Good Works Team.
• The award recognizes a select group of college basketball student-athletes who have made significant contributions to the greater good of their communities through volunteerism and civic service.
• In its second year, the Allstate NABC and WBCA Good Works Teams® honor players at all levels of college basketball who represent the sport’s finest in the areas of leadership and charitable achievements amongst their peers. The student-athletes nominated for this prestigious award embody the true spirit of teamwork and giving back.
SCOUTING INDIANA STATE
• Indiana State enters Wednesday’s game with a 6-2 record.
• The Sycamores have won four in a row, including a 74-63 win at Kansas City in their last outing. Earlier this year, ISU defeated No. 21 Notre Dame 83-70 in South Bend.
• Indiana State features four players who average double figures in scoring. Senior guard Jake Odum leads the way with 13.1 ppg, while junior forward Justin Gant scores 12.7 ppg. Senior guard Dawon Cummings scores 11.0 ppg, while senior guard/forward Manny Arop contributes 10.9 ppg.
• Jake Odum also leads the club in rebounding (4.7 rpg) and assists (41). Dawon Cummings leads ISU with 18 steals.
• Indiana State was picked to finish second behind Wichita State in the annual Missouri Valley Conference preseason poll of head coaches, sports information directors and a media panel. The second-place finish is the highest for the Sycamores since the MVC began conducting preseason predictions prior to the 1985-86 campaign.
• Last year, the Sycamores posted an 18-15 record and played in the NIT.
• Head coach Greg Lansing is 63-46 in his fourth season at Indiana State. Lansing has led the Sycamores to the postseason in each of his first three seasons (2011 NCAA, 2012 CIT, 2013 NIT).
Saint Louis leads the all-time series 10-4. The squads last met during the 2009-10 postseason in the College Basketball Invitational, with SLU coming away with a 63-54 victory at Chaifetz Arena. The Billikens have won the last seven meetings in a series that dates to 1924.