The Saint Louis Billikens (12-9, 3-4 A-10) look to carry momentum from their first road win of the season into a 6 p.m. meeting with Duquesne Wednesday, Feb. 4, at Chaifetz Arena. The game will be broadcast by CBS College Sports Regional and airs locally on Charter Communication's CCIN.
The Billikens have a rematch with Richmond Sunday, Feb. 8, when they take on the Spiders in a 1 p.m. (CT) game. The contest will be televised by KPLR. Richmond defeated the Billikens 70-62 Jan. 25 in St. Louis.
The Dukes are 14-6 overall, 5-2 in the A-10 and have won two straight. Aaron Jackson leads a quartet of double-digit scorers at 17.1 ppg and is third in the league in assists at 5.8 apg. Damian Saunders is second on the team at 14.0 ppg and is third in the conference in rebounding at 8.0 rpg. The Dukes are second in the A-10 in scoring average at 80.2 ppg and give up 74.0 ppg. Duquesne shoots 46.4 percent from the field, 35.6 percent from the 3-point arc and 69.2 percent from the free-throw line. The Dukes lead the conference in 3-pointers made per game at 8.75. Head coach Ron Everhart is 41-38 in his third season at Duquesne, 215-210 in 15 years overall. The Dukes lead the series 5-2, but the teams have split the last four meetings.
The Spiders are 11-10, 3-3 in the A-10 and play at Massachusetts before the Billikens visit. David Gonzalvez leads Richmond with 16.7 ppg, and Kevin Anderson, last year's A-10 Rookie of the Year, adds 14.6 ppg to go along with team highs of 61 assists and 33 steals. The duo ranks sixth and ninth, respectively, in the A-10 in scoring. UR averages 70.9 ppg and allows 67.0 ppg. The Spiders shoot 47.5 percent from the field, 34.7 percent from 3-point range and 66.1 percent from the free-throw line. Head coach Chris Mooney is 48-64 in his fourth season at Richmond, 90-103 in seven years overall. The series is tied 2-2. The Spiders won 70-62 two weeks ago in Chaifetz Arena, but the Billikens posted a 64-55 victory in Richmond last season.
ON THE AIR
Billiken basketball can be heard this season on 101.1 FM ESPN. Billiken Hall of Famer Bob Ramsey, who has served as the "Voice of the Billikens" for the past 22 years, will again provide the play-by-play. Earl Austin Jr., sports editor of the St. Louis American, is in his 18th year in the analyst's role. Head coach Rick Majerus' weekly radio show, which is hosted by Ramsey, runs Monday nights from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. on 101.1 FM ESPN.
Season and individual tickets can be purchased online at www.slubillikens.com or www.metrotix.com, by phone at (314) 534-1111 or toll free at (800) 293-5949, and at the Chaifetz Arena Ticket Office.
All Billiken regular-season home games this season are video streamed live through Billiken All-Access at www.slubillikens.com. Subscriptions are available for $79.95 annually or $9.95 a month. GameTracker is again available free of charge in 2008-09.
NEW GAME TIMES
Kwamain Mitchell's layup with 2.9 seconds left at Dayton just rimmed out as the Flyers held on for a 47-46 victory Thursday at UD Arena. Mitchell hit four 3-pointers and led the team with 15 points. Barry Eberhardt poured in a career-high 26 points on 10-of-13 shooting as the Billikens posted their first road victory of the season, 88-58 at Fordham on Saturday. The Billikens blazed the nets at a 63.3 percent clip, including a 69.6 percent rate (16-of-23) in the second half.
Head coach Rick Majerus registered his 450th career victory with the win at Fordham. Also during the Fordham contest, Kevin Lisch tallied the 1,500th point of his career with a 3-pointer early in the first half.
In the latest A-10 statistical report, the Billikens lead the conference in scoring defense at 57.7 ppg and in 3-point field goal percentage defense at 26.9 percent. Individually, Tommie Liddell III is 20th in scoring at 13.0 ppg and 18th in rebounding at 6.0 rpg. Kevin Lisch is first in free-throw shooting at 83.1 percent and ninth in 3-point field goals made per game at 2.10. Kwamain Mitchell is eighth in assists at 3.90 apg and seventh in assist-to-turnover ratio at 1.63, while Brian Conklin is tied for 10th in offensive rebounds per game at 2.42.
CLIMBING THE CHARTS
Kevin Lisch sits in sixth place on SLU's career scoring list with 1,507 points. In addition, Tommie Liddell III has amassed 1,457 points and has moved into eighth place on the scoring chart. Just ahead of him with 1,491 points in seventh place is Harry Rogers. Liddell has 684 career rebounds and needs seven more to pass Rich Niemann for 10th place on the school's rebounding chart.
Kevin Lisch is only the second player ranked in SLU's career top 10 in both points and assists. He is sixth in scoring and ninth in career assists. The only other player ranked in both categories is Erwin Claggett. With seven more rebounds, Tommie Liddell III can join Anthony Bonner and Roland Gray as the only Billikens to rank in the career top 10 in both scoring and rebounding.
This is the inaugural season for the Billikens in Chaifetz (SHAY-fetz) Arena. The $81 million arena has a seating capacity of 10,600 and is located on the SLU campus along Laclede Avenue west of Compton Avenue. Chaifetz Arena functions as a true multipurpose campus events center, hosting a myriad of SLU events including men's and women's basketball, volleyball, commencement, cultural events, conferences and conventions. The arena houses the department of athletics offices as well as Chaifetz Pavilion, a practice facility for the basketball teams and the home facility for the volleyball team. The building is named for Dr. Richard A. Chaifetz, who donated a $12 million naming gift to the University. Dr. Chaifetz is a 1975 SLU grad and is chairman and CEO of ComPsych Corporation.
HEAD COACH RICK MAJERUS
Rick Majerus: Rick Majerus is in his second season as head coach of the Billikens with a 28-24 record. He has a 22-year career mark of 450-171 and has never had a losing season. Majerus has taken 11 teams to the NCAA Tournament and four to the NIT. At the start of the 2008-09 season, his .730 career winning percentage ranked 12th among active coaches.
The Atlantic 10 Conference announced that Saint Louis University senior guards Kevin Lisch and Tommie Liddell III were named to the league's preseason men's basketball All-Conference teams. In a poll of the league's coaches, Lisch was named to the first team and the All-Defensive squad, while Liddell was selected to the second team.
Kevin Lisch, a potential Academic All-American, was named to the A-10 Academic All-Conference team in 2007-08. He also will look to become the third straight Billiken to be selected to the NACDA I-AAA Scholar-Athlete team after Luke Meyer was honored following the past two seasons.