SLU Goes Dancing As a No. 5 Seed

Saint Louis (26-6) lost in the A-10 quarterfinals, but the NCAA Tournament Committee rewarded the regular season champions with a No. 5 seed in the Midwest Region.

On the heels of four losses in five games, the Saint Louis Billikens are stumbling into the NCAA Tournament.

That didn't stop the committee from giving the A-10 regular season champions a favorable No. 5 seed in the Midwest Region, where they will play either Xavier or N.C. State in Orlando, FL on Thursday.

The Billikens have come back from New York and are ready to get to work. SLU will jump on a plane tomorrow to Orlando and begin the process.

"We will look at some of both teams I think," Loe said. "Once we find out who we're playing, then we'll focus in on them."

Head coach Jim Crews and senior wing Jake Barnett believe it's more of an internal issue at the current moment that explains the Billikens struggles.

"Number one is just taking care of the ball," he said. "Turnovers aren't common for us and we've been turning the ball over a lot in the last 7 or 8 games. Even when we were winning, we weren't playing the best basketball. For us, it's a motivator -- knowing if we play better, we can beat a lot of good teams."

A No. 5 seed to many pundits was quite the surprise, but the Billikens could face a tough road with a potential Round of 32 matchup with No. 4 Louisville.

"I don't think it's a surprise," senior forward Rob Loe said. "I think we expected to be somewhere up there. It doesn't matter, though. We're in the tournament. You're always going to have a tough game into the national championship.

"They're have a tough road. They play Tuesday and then fly," he said. "They've showed that both teams are good enough that they can do it."

"We just started things off so well and we were rolling," Mike McCall Jr. said. "We watched a lot of film and I saw a lot of things that we need to work on."

Perhaps a fresh start is exactly what SLU needs.

"We didn't end the way we wanted to, but with the tournament it's a whole new season. It's going to be fun. It's our last go and we know we want to do well for ourselves, and the team and the fans."

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