Saint Louis (5-3) vs. South Dakota State (4-3)
Tuesday, Dec. 9 :: 7 p.m. (CT) :: Chaifetz Arena (10,600)
SETTING THE SCENE
Saint Louis hosts South Dakota State Tuesday at Chaifetz Arena. Game time is scheduled for 7 p.m.
FOLLOWING THE ACTION
Tuesday’s game will be televised on FOX Sports Midwest. Pat Parris and Billiken great Scott Highmark will be on the call. The radio broadcast will air on 101 ESPN (101.1 FM). As always, Billiken Hall of Famer Bob Ramsey provides the play-by-play, while St. Louis American Sports Editor Earl Austin Jr. handles the analysis. Live audio will be available on 101Sports.com and via 101 ESPN’s mobile app.
Saint Louis (5-3) begins a six-game homestand Tuesday night when South Dakota State comes to Chaifetz Arena.
The Billikens are 3-1 this season at Chaifetz Arena. They have posted a 49-7 mark at Chaifetz the last four years. In seven seasons overall, SLU is 90-21 at Chaifetz Arena.
SLU’s next road game will be Jan. 6, 2015, at George Washington in Atlantic 10 Conference play.
Saint Louis has advanced to the NCAA Tournament the last three years, a school record. Additionally, the Billikens are one of 10 programs in the nation that have advanced to the third round of the NCAA Tournament in each of the last three seasons.
Austin McBroom leads the team in scoring with 11.9 ppg. He connects on 46.2 percent (18-for-39) of his 3-point attempts.
Ash Yacoubou, who recorded a double-double in the win against Rockhurst, averages a team-best 4.9 rpg and pumps in 8.6 ppg.
A pair of freshman guards lead the Billikens in assists. Marcus Bartley has dished out a team-leading 17, while Davell Roby is not far behind with 15.
Milik Yarbrough is the third-leading scorer with 6.9 ppg. Miles Reynolds follows with 6.6 ppg.
All five of the Billikens’ victories this year have come while holding the opposition to fewer than 60 points. The Billikens have won 65 games in a row when holding their opponents to 60 or fewer points.
Saint Louis is fifth in the Atlantic 10 Conference in scoring defense with 61.5 points allowed per game.
Billiken head coach Jim Crews is in his third season at the helm. The back-to-back A-10 Coach of the Year is 60-16 in three seasons at Saint Louis, 414-364 in 27 years overall.
THE BILLIKEN SIX
As expected, the Billikens’ six freshmen have played an integral role so far this season.
There were five freshmen on the court at one time in the Wichita State game, the first time that has happened all season. The SLU freshmen played well, helping SLU to a 12-3 run during a second-half stretch. In fact, they scored 35 straight points in the game and 25 of the Billikens' 27 points in the second half.
In the win against North Carolina A&T, freshman guard Miles Reynolds took over in the second half and finished with a career-high 19 points in helping SLU to the win.
At Indiana State, it was the Billiken freshmen who paved the way for the victory. With 11:46 remaining, the Billikens were trailing by one. The SLU freshmen would go on to score the next 21 Billiken points to give SLU a double-digit lead.
A freshman has led the Billikens in scoring in three games this season – Reynolds (North Carolina A&T and Rockhurst) and Marcus Bartley (Wichita State).
Freshman forward Milik Yarbrough is third on the team in scoring with 6.9 ppg. He leads the club with a 59 percent shooting mark from the field.
Yarbrough and Reynolds are the lone freshmen to not receive a start this year.
MCBROOM GOES THE DYNAMITE
Junior guard Austin McBroom has hit big shots for the Billikens thus far.
McBroom, who scored a career-high 26 points against Bradley, hit the game-winning 3-pointer against the Braves with seven seconds remaining.
It was McBroom’s 3-pointer with less than three minutes remaining against North Carolina A&T that completed a comeback and put the Billikens ahead for good.
Against Southern Illinois in the season opener, McBroom posted 24 points thanks in part to five treys. His biggest shot of the night came with 10 seconds remaining when he buried the go-ahead three.
SLU’s leading returning scorer from a year ago (7.3 ppg), McBroom leads the Billikens with 11.9 ppg. He is fifth in the A-10 in 3-pointers made (18).
THE MOST SINCE...
Freshman guard Miles Reynolds' 19 points are the most by a Billiken freshman since Mike McCall Jr. scored 19 against Southern Mississippi on Dec. 23, 2010.
Junior guard Austin McBroom’s six 3-pointers against Bradley are the most by a Billiken since Kwamain Mitchell buried seven against Rhode Island on Jan. 19, 2012.
McBroom’s 26 points against Bradley are the most by a Billiken in a nonconference game since Mitchell had 33 points against UMKC on Dec. 22, 2009.
HOME SWEET CHAIFETZ
The Billikens are in their seventh season at Chaifetz Arena. SLU has an all-time record of 90-21 on its home floor.
SLU is 49-7 the last four seasons in the 10,600-seat arena, including a 14-3 mark last season.
BILLIKENS TO CELEBRATE ANNIVERSARY SEASON
This season marks the 100th anniversary of Billiken Basketball, and the 99th season. The Billikens did not compete in 1943-44 due to World War II.
There will be several special events and promotions this season to celebrate the 100th anniversary of Billiken Basketball, including an All-Century Team unveiling later this year. Fans will have the opportunity to vote for their favorite players via online balloting.
The Billikens’ first game ever recorded was Jan. 14, 1915, against Company E. The Billikens play Duquesne exactly 100 years later on Jan. 14, 2015, at Chaifetz Arena.
SCOUTING SOUTH DAKOTA STATE
South Dakota State University, located in Brookings, S.D., enters the game against the Billikens with a 4-3 record.
The Jackrabbits have won two in a row, including an 81-61 victory against Kansas City last Saturday.
Cody Larson leads the team in scoring (14.7 ppg) and rebounding (8.0 rpg). He shoots 50 percent (39-for-78) from the field and leads the Jackrabbits in assists (14) and blocks (13). Larson has scored in double figures in all seven games.
Deondre Parks averages double figures with 13.9 ppg, while Jake Bittle scores 12.7 ppg. He has posted a team-best 10 steals.
As a team, the Jackrabbits are averaging 76.1 ppg. They shoot 46.2 percent from the floor, 32 percent from 3-point range and 71 percent from the line.
South Dakota State’s 2014-15 roster includes nine new players; seven with no collegiate playing experience. George Marshall, a transfer from Wisconsin, is expected to become eligible next semester.
The Jacks played four games in Brazil last August in a foreign tour, posting a 3-1 record.
Jackrabbits head coach Scott Nagy is in his 20th season with an overall record of 363-224. He has guided the Jackrabbits to three straight postseason appearances, which includes back-to-back NCAA NCAA Tournament berths in 2012 and 2013 and a bid to the CBI in 2014. Nagy served as an assistant coach at nearby SIUE from 1993 to 1995.
The Billikens own a 2-1 advantage in the series. The teams last met on Dec. 2, 1961, in St. Louis.