No. 6 Saint Louis (17-15, 9-9 A-10) vs. No. 3 Davidson (18-11, 13-5 A-10)
Friday, March 9, 2018 | 7:30 p.m. (CT) | Washington, D.C. (Capital One Arena)
TV: NBCSN (Terry Gannon, David Kaplan, Jordan Cornette)
Radio: 101 ESPN (Bob Ramsey, Earl Austin Jr.)
Online Coverage: NBC Sports Live | Live Stats | @SaintLouisMBB on Twitter
SETTING THE SCENE
– Saint Louis, fresh off a come-from-behind win over George Washington last night, takes on No. 3 seed Davidson tonight in an A-10 Men's Basketball Championship quarterfinal matchup at Capital One Arena in Washington, D.C. Game time is 7:30 p.m.
– The winner advances to face either No. 2 seed St. Bonaventure or No. 7 seed Richmond on Saturday afternoon. The Bonnies and Spiders play prior to the Billikens/Wildcats game at 5 p.m. (CT).
– Friday's game will be broadcast on NBCSN. Terry Gannon (play-by-play), David Kaplan (analyst) and Jordan Cornette (sideline) are on the call.
– The radio broadcast will air on 101 ESPN (101.1 FM and 101Sports.com). 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.
– Saint Louis finished in a four-way tie for fifth in the Atlantic 10 Conference standings to earn the No. 6 seed for this week’s A-10 Men’s Basketball Championship in Washington, D.C.
– Junior guard Javon Bess was named to the A-10 All-Defensive team and continues to lead the team in scoring, averaging 13.3 ppg. He finished fourth in rebounding in A-10 games only (8.1 rpg).
– Senior guard Davell Roby is averaging 11.0 ppg. He is No. 23 on SLU’s all-time scoring list with 1,134 points in his career.
– Freshman forward Hasahn French, an A-10 All-Rookie selection, is second in the A-10 with 58 blocks. He is SLU’s freshman leader for blocked shots in a season.
– Junior forward D.J. Foreman leads the Billikens in field goal percentage (.628, 86-of-137). He is fourth in the league in FG percentage in conference games only (.626, 87-of-139).
– Sophomore forward Jalen Johnson averages 9.1 ppg and is tied with Roby for the team lead in 3-pointers made (50).
– The Billikens lead the A-10 in scoring defense (65.0 ppg). They are also the A-10 leaders in rebounding margin (+4.3 in all games; +6.8 in conference games only).
– SLU head coach Travis Ford is 29-36 in two seasons at Saint Louis, 365-302 in 21 years overall.
– No. 3 Davidson received a double-bye into the A-10 Championship. The Wildcats finished 18-11 overall and 13-5 in A-10 play.
– The Wildcats have won five of their last six. The only loss during that stretch was a triple overtime loss (117-113) at St. Bonaventure.
– Davidson is second in the conference in scoring offense, averaging 76.8 ppg. The Wildcats are in the top 10 nationally in 3-pointers made per game.
– The Wildcats feature the A-10's co-Player of the Year in Peyton Aldridge and the league's Rookie of the Year in Kellan Grady. Aldridge averages 21.3 ppg and 7.8 rpg. Grady scores at a 17.9 ppg clip and has drilled a team-high 65 3-pointers.
– Jon Axel Gudmundsson records 13.4 ppg and leads the Wildcats with 5.1 assists per game.
The is the fifth meeting in the series, which began in the 2014-15 season – Davidson’s first year as a member of the Atlantic 10 Conference ... Davidson leads 3-1 ... earlier this season in Davidson, North Carolina, the Wildcats defeated the Billikens 54-51 ... the 54 points scored by the Wildcats in that game was a season low.
LAST GAME RECAP
SLU 70, GW 63 // BOX SCORE
– Saint Louis utilized a big second half to post a 70-63 win over George Washington Thursday in the second round of the Atlantic 10 Conference Men's Basketball Championship at Capital One Arena in Washington, D.C.
– The Billikens improved their record to 17-15 with the win.
– Saint Louis trailed 32-21 at halftime, but outscored the Colonials 49-31 in the second half to record the comeback victory. The 49 points were the most points scored in any half this season.
– Jalen Johnson finished with a team-high 18 points on 6-of-12 shooting from the field and 4-of-8 from the arc. He was 4-of-4 from the field and 2-of-2 from 3-point range in the second half.
– Hasahn French posted a double-double with 11 points and 10 rebounds. He hit all four of his shots from the field.
– Also scoring in double figures was Javon Bess (16 points) and Davell Roby (15 points).
– In the second half, the Billikens shot a sizzling 66.7 percent from the field and 50 percent from the stripe. Bess pumped in 13 of his 16 points in the second frame alone.