SLU Trips Up Against Kansas

Saint Louis came up short against Kansas in the championship of the CBE Classic. Overall, however, the two-day trip to Kansas City can be considered a success for the Billikens.

On a night where Saint Louis was short on bodies, Kansas' athleticism and talent shined bright as KU won 73-59 over the Billikens on Tuesday night in Kansas City.

After a dominant performance over Texas A&M on Monday, the Bills simply couldn't match the skill level of one of the best teams in the nation.

Jordair Jett, SLU's top defender, went out early with two fouls and suffered a groin injury that further limited his impact on the game.

Six-foot-five guard Jake Barnett was a bright spot for SLU and interim head coach Jim Crews as he scored 9 points.

Without star player Kwamain Mitchell, freshman Keith Carter, and sophomore Grandy Glaze, the Billikens had just a handful of possibilities off the bench and couldn't handle the depth of the perennial power Jayhawks.

Another impressive player during this duet of games was senior forward Cory Remekun. In his first action of the season, Remekun showed very well against two BCS opponents. Both offensively and defensively, he was able to keep up and assert himself as an asset to this team.

Rob Loe, on the other hand, needs to find his rhythm. He played one of the worst games in his career tonight against KU and showed weakness playing against athletic bigs. Jeff Withey got buckets any time he wanted with Loe playing him in the paint. On the offensive end, Loe couldn't buy a three-point jump shot, either. It's imperative to the Billikens' long-term success that he makes an impact.

Where does this team go now? Well, the schedule gets a bit easier. With only healthy guard in Mike McCall, it will be very interesting to see how the team does going forward. Carter should be back soon and Jett figures to rebound to play against SIU-Carbondale next weekend.

Overall, this was a positive two-day stretch for the Billikens, and SLU showed that it will be in the A-10 race, especially once the plethora of players on the mend returns.

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