Saint Louis Billikens

NCAA Division: Division I

Conference: Atlantic 10 (2005-present)

Past Conferences: Midwestern Collegiate, Great Midwest, Conference USA

City: St. Louis

Stadium: Chaifetz Arena

 

NCAA Tournaments: 10 (1952, 1957, 1994, 1995, 1998, 2000, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2019)

Championships:

National Championships: None

Conference Tournament Titles: 3 (2000, 2013, 2019)

Conference Regular Season Titles: 7 (1947, 1952, 1955, 1957, 1971, 2013, 2014)

 

Team History

The St. Louis Billikens are a Division I program based in Missouri. St. Louis has been a member of the Atlantic 10 Conference since 2005 and is coached by Travis Ford.

St. Louis has been to the NCAA Tournament 10 times, most recently in 2019. The Billikens have also appeared in four National Invitational Tournament finals, winning it in 1948.

In 2019 — Ford’s third season— the Billikens won 23 games and took home the A-10 Tournament title, their second since changing conferences in 2005-06. The 13th-seeded Billikens ended up losing in the first round of the NCAA Tournament to No. 4 seed Virginia Tech.

St. Louis made the Big Dance three straight seasons from 2012-14. The first of those appearances came under Rick Majerus, who guided the Billikens to 26 victories and their first national ranking in nearly two decades. The ninth-seeded Billikens overcame slight odds to beat No. 8 seed Memphis before falling in the second round to No. 1 Michigan State.

When a heart condition forced Majerus to step down the next season, assistant Jim Crews took over. The Billikens proceeded to win a program-record 28 games, sweep the A-10 regular season and tournament championships, and earn a No. 4 seed in the NCAAs. Following a first-round victory over No. 13 seed New Mexico State, the Billikens lost to 12th-seeded Oregon. In 2014, the Billikens won another 27 games and defended their regular season title but fell in the second round again to No. 4 seed Louisville.

The only other time St. Louis made the NCAA Tournament in consecutive seasons was in 1994 (lost in the first round to No. 10 seed Maryland) and 1995 (lost in the second round to No. 1 seed Wake Forest).

St. Louis’ deepest tournament run came way back in 1952 when it fell in the Elite Eight to Kansas.

The Billikens have also played in the NIT 20 times and lost in the 2010 College Basketball Invitational finals. Their record in the NIT is 18-19.

Alumni include NBA Draft picks Anthony Bonner — the program’s all-time leading scorer and rebounder — and Larry Hughes.

 

Points Scored

o   Anthony Bonner: 1,972

o   Erwin Claggett: 1,910

o   Roland Gray: 1,880

 

Rebounds

o   Anthony Bonner: 1,424

o   Jerry Koch: 1,285

o   Jim McLaughlin: 1,128

 

Assists

o   Yuri Collins: 554

o   Josh Fisher: 436

o   Charles Newberry: 424


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