Saint Louis Billikens men's basketball

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Saint Louis Billikens
2016–17 Saint Louis Billikens men's basketball team
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University Saint Louis University
Conference A-10
Location St. Louis, MO
Head coach Travis Ford (1st year)
Arena Chaifetz Arena
(Capacity: 10,600)
Nickname Billikens
Student section SLUnatics
Colors Blue and White[1]
         
Uniforms
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Home jersey
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Team colours
Home
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Away jersey
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Team colours
Away
NCAA Tournament Elite Eight
1952
NCAA Tournament Sweet Sixteen
1952, 1957
NCAA Tournament appearances
1952, 1957, 1994, 1995, 1998, 2000, 2012, 2013, 2014
Conference tournament champions
2000, 2013
Conference regular season champions
1947, 1952, 1955, 1957, 1971, 2013, 2014

The Saint Louis University Billiken's men's basketball team is the intercollegiate men's basketball program representing Saint Louis University. The school competes in the Atlantic 10 Conference. The head coaching position is currently held by Travis Ford.[2] Chaifetz Arena is home to the Billikens. The Billikens have reached the championship game of the NIT tournament four times and have won it once (1948). They have appeared in the NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Tournament nine times, most recently in 2014. Each year the Billikens play Atlantic 10 rival University of Dayton for the rights to the Arch Baron Cup.[3] Saint Louis holds an overall record of 25–29 in the Arch Baron rivalry.

History[edit]

Record[edit]

Season Coach Overall Conference Standing Postseason
Saint Louis Billikens[4] (Independent) (1914–1937)
1914–16 George Koegan (2) 22–12
1916–21 Armin Fischer (5) 25–41
1921–22 Steve O’Rourke (1) 4–9
1922–26 Dan Savage (4) 36–13
1926–27 Squint Hunter (1) 0–14
1927–28 Harry Regent (1) 11–11
1928–36 Mike Nyikos (8) 92–56
1936–37 Ed Davidson 6–15
Independent Totals: 196–168
Saint Louis Billikens[4] (Missouri Valley Conference [5]) (1937–1974)
1937–38 Ed Davidson 9–20 2–12 8th
1938–40 Jack Sterret (2) 9–30 5–21 7th, 7th
1940–43 Bob Klenck (3) 22–36 9–23 7th, 4th, 4th
1943–44 No Season No Games WWII SLU was one of many schools
that cancelled this season.
1944–45 Dukes Duford (1) 10–4 WWII The MVC also cancelled this season.
1945–46 John Flanigan 13–11 6–5 3rd
1946–47 John Flanigan 18–11 11–1 1st NCAA Regional playoff
(Not counted as NCAA tourney game)
1947–48 Eddie Hickey 24–3 8–2 2nd NIT Champion
1948–49 Eddie Hickey 22–4 8–2 2nd NIT 1st round
1949–50 Eddie Hickey 17–9 8–4 2nd
1950–51 Eddie Hickey 22–8 11–3 2nd (tie) NIT 2nd round
1951–52 Eddie Hickey 23–8 9–1 1st NIT 1st round, 1–1 NCAA Elite 8
1952–53 Eddie Hickey 16–11 5–5 3rd (tie)
1953–54 Eddie Hickey 15–12 4–6 4th
1954–55 Eddie Hickey 20–8 8–2 1st (tie) NIT 2nd round
1955–56 Eddie Hickey 18–7 8–4 2nd NIT 1st round
1956–57 Eddie Hickey 19–9 12–2 1st NCAA Regional
1957–58 Eddie Hickey 16–10 9–5 3rd
1958–59 John E. Benington 20–6 10–4 3rd NIT 2nd round
1959–60 John E. Benington 19–8 9–5 3rd NIT 2nd round
1960–61 John E. Benington 21–9 7–5 4th NIT Runnerup
1961–62 John E. Benington 11–15 5–7 5th
1962–63 John E. Benington 16–12 6–6 4th
1963–64 John E. Benington 13–12 6–6 5th
1964–65 John E. Benington 18–9 9–5 2nd (tie) NIT 1st round
1965–69 Joe “Buddy” Brehmer (4) 50–54 27–33 3rd, 5th, 6th, 5th
1969–74 Bob Polk (5) 72–54 37–33 7th, 1st (t), 3rd, 3rd, 8th 1971 team tied for 1st
w/Louisville & Memphis State;
Louisville won playoff
MVC Totals: 533–379 239–205
Saint Louis Billikens[4] (Independent) (1974–1975)
1974–75 Randy Albrecht 12–14
Saint Louis Billikens[4] (Metro Conference) (1975–1982)
1975–77 Randy Albrecht (2) 20–33 1–7 6th, 7th
1977–78 Ron Coleman 7–20 2–10 6th
1978–82 Ron Ekker (4) 37–71 11–35 6th, 5th, 7th, 7th
Metro Conference Totals: 64–124 14–52
Saint Louis Billikens[4] (Midwestern City/Collegiate Conference [6]) (1982–1991)
1982–83 Rich Grawer 5–23 2–12 7th
1983–84 Rich Grawer 12–16 5–9 6th
1984–85 Rich Grawer 13–15 6–8 6th
1985–86 Rich Grawer 18–12 8–4 2nd
1986–87 Rich Grawer 25–10 7–5 3rd (tie) NIT 2nd round
1987–88 Rich Grawer 14–14 5–5 3rd (tie)
1988–89 Rich Grawer 27–10 8–4 2nd NIT Runnerup
1989–90 Rich Grawer 21–12 9–5 3rd (tie) NIT Runnerup
1990–91 Rich Grawer 19–14 8–6 3rd (tie)
MCC Totals: 154–126 58–58
Saint Louis Billikens[4] (Great Midwest Conference) (1991–1995)
1991–92 Rich Grawer 5–23 0–10 6th
1992–93 Charlie Spoonhour 12–17 1–9 6th
1993–94 Charlie Spoonhour 23–6 8–4 2nd NCAA 1st round
1994–95 Charlie Spoonhour 23–8 8–4 2nd NCAA 2nd round
Great Midwest Totals: 63–58 17–27
Saint Louis Billikens[4] (Conference USA [7]) (1995–2005)
1995=96 Charlie Spoonhour 16–14 4–10 3rd Blue NIT 1st round
1996–97 Charlie Spoonhour 11–18 4–10 3rd Blue
1997–98 Charlie Spoonhour 22–11 11–5 3rd American NCAA 2nd round
1998–99 Charlie Spoonhour 15–16 8–8 5th American
1999–2000 Lorenzo Romar 19–14 7–9 5th (tie) American NCAA 1st round
2000–01 Lorenzo Romar 17–14 8–8 4th (tie) American
2001–02 Lorenzo Romar 15–16 9–7 4th American
2002–03 Brad Soderberg 16–14 9–7 3rd (tie) American NIT 1st round
2003–04 Brad Soderberg 19–13 9–7 6th (tie) NIT 2nd round
2004–05 Brad Soderberg 9–21 6–10 10th
C-USA Totals: 159–148 75–81
Saint Louis Billikens[4] (Atlantic 10 Conference [8]) (2005–present)
2005–06 Brad Soderberg 16–13 10–6 3rd (tie)
2006–07 Brad Soderberg 20–13 8–8 6th (tie)
2007–08 Rick Majerus 16–15 7–9 9th (tie)
2008–09 Rick Majerus 18–14 8–8 8th
2009–10 Rick Majerus 23–13 11–5 4th CBI Runnerup
2010–11 Rick Majerus 12–19 6–10 10th (tie)
2011–12 Rick Majerus 26–8 12–4 2nd NCAA 3rd round
2012–13 Jim Crews 28–7 13–3 1st NCAA 3rd round
2013–14 Jim Crews 27–7 13–3 1st NCAA 3rd round
2014–15 Jim Crews 11–21 3–15 14th
2015–16 Jim Crews 11–21 5–13 13th
2016–17 Travis Ford 0–0 0–0


A-10 Totals: 208–151 96–84
Total: 1379-1173

      National champion         Postseason invitational champion  
      Conference regular season champion         Conference regular season and conference tournament champion
      Division regular season champion       Division regular season and conference tournament champion
      Conference tournament champion

Source[9]

Postseason appearances[edit]

NCAA tournament results[edit]

The Billikens have appeared in nine NCAA Tournaments. Their combined record is 6–10.

Year Seed Round Opponent Result/Score
1952 Sweet Sixteen
Elite Eight
New Mexico State
Kansas
W 62–53
L 55–74
1957 Sweet Sixteen
Regional 3rd Place Game
Oklahoma City
SMU
L 66–75
L 68–78
1994 #7 First Round #10 Maryland L 66–74
1995 #9 First Round
Second Round
#8 Minnesota
#1 Wake Forest
W 64–61 OT
L 59–64
1998 #10 First Round
Second Round
#7 Massachusetts
#2 Kentucky
W 51–46
L 61–88
2000 #9 First Round #8 Utah L 45–48
2012 #9 Second Round
Third Round
#8 Memphis
#1 Michigan State
W 61–54
L 61–65
2013 #4 Second Round
Third Round
#13 New Mexico State
#12 Oregon
W 64–44
L 57–74
2014 #5 Second Round
Third Round
#12 NC State
#4 Louisville
W 83–80OT
L 51–66

NIT results[edit]

The Billikens have appeared in 18 National Invitation Tournaments (NIT). Their combined record is 18–17. They were NIT champions in 1948 and runner-up in 1961, 1989, and 1990. The Arch Baron Cup has been played three times in the NIT against Dayton, in 1952, 1955, and 1961, with a 1–2 record. The 1961 NIT semifinal matchup is most notable as Saint Louis beat Dayton to move to the final game, eventually becoming that year's NIT runner-up.

Year Round Opponent Result/Score
1948 Quarterfinals
Semifinals
Finals
Bowling Green
Western Kentucky
NYU
W 69–53
W 60–53
W 65–52
1949 Quarterfinals Bowling Green L 74–80
1951 First Round
Quarterfinals
La Salle
BYU
W 73–61
L 68–75
1952 Quarterfinals Dayton L 58–68
1953 First Round St. John's L 66–81
1955 First Round
Quarterfinals
Connecticut
Dayton
W 110–103
L 81–97
1956 First Round Xavier L 80–84
1959 Quarterfinals Providence L 72–75
1960 Quarterfinals Providence L 53–64
1961 First Round
Quarterfinals
Semifinals
Finals
Miami (FL)
Colorado State
Dayton
Providence
W 58–56
W 59–53
W 67–60
L 59–62
1963 Quarterfinals Marquette L 49–84
1965 First Round Army L 66–70
1987 First Round
Second Round
Saint Peter's
Southern Miss
W 76–60
L 78–83
1989 First Round
Second Round
Quarterfinals
Semifinals
Finals
Southern Illinois
Wisconsin
New Mexico
Michigan State
St. John's
W 87–54
W 73–68
W 66–65
W 74–64
L 65–73
1990 First Round
Second Round
Quarterfinals
Semifinals
Finals
Kent State
Green Bay
DePaul
New Mexico
Vanderbilt
W 85–74
W 58–54
W 54–47
W 80–73
L 72–74
1996 First Round Minnesota L 52–68
2003 First Round Minnesota L 52–62
2004 First Round
Second Round
Iowa
Notre Dame
W 70–69
L 66–77

CBI results[edit]

The Billikens have appeared in one College Basketball Invitational (CBI). Their record is 3–2 and they were the CBI runnerup in their only appearance.

Year Round Opponent Result/Score
2010 First Round
Quarterfinals
Semifinals
Finals Game 1
Finals Game 2
Indiana State
Green Bay
Princeton
VCU
VCU
W 63–54
W 68–62 2OT
W 69–59
L 56–68
L 65–71

Retired numbers[edit]

  • #50, Ed Macauley

Retired jerseys[edit]

Home Courts[edit]

  • 1915, 1917 Muegge's Gymnasium (Grand Ave. and Hickory St.)
  • 1919–1920 Rock Springs Turner Hall (Boyle Ave. and Chouteau Ave.)
  • 1920–1921 College Hall
  • 1921–1922 First Regiment Armory and Macabee's Hall (911 Vandeventer Ave.)
  • 1922–1923 First Regiment Armory and Battery A Armory (1 game)
  • 1923–1924 First Regiment Armory
  • 1924–1925 SLUH Gymnasium
  • 1925–1926 First Regiment Armory, SLUH Gymnasium and St. Louis Coliseum
  • 1926–1945 St. Louis University Gymnasium (West Pine Gym)
  • 1945–1968 Kiel Auditorium
  • 1968–1973 St. Louis Arena
  • 1973–1991 Kiel Auditorium
  • 1991–1994 St. Louis Arena
  • 1994–2008 Scottrade Center (Kiel Center, Savvis Center)
  • 2008–present, Chaifetz Arena

Current professional Billikens[edit]

Career statistical leaders[edit]

Points[edit]

  • 1) 1,972 – Anthony Bonner, 1986–1990
  • 2) 1,910 – Erwin Claggett, 1991–1995
  • 3) 1,880 – Roland Gray, 1985–1989
  • 4) 1,877 – Monroe Douglass, 1985–1989
  • 5) 1,703 – Scott Highmark, 1991–1995
  • 6) 1,687 – Kevin Lisch, 2005–2009
  • 7) 1,575 – Kwamain Mitchell, 2008–2013
  • 8) 1,547 – Tommie Liddell III, 2005–2009
  • 9) 1,499 – Dwayne Evans, 2010–2014
  • 10) 1,491 – Harry Rogers, 1970–1973

Rebounds[edit]

  • 1) 1,424 rebounds, Anthony Bonner, 1986–1990
  • 2) 1,157 rebounds, Jerry Koch, 1952–1955
  • 3) 1,128 rebounds, Jim McLaughlin, 1953–1956
  • 4) 942 rebounds, Dwayne Evans, 2010–2014
  • 5) 804 rebounds, Eugene Moore, 1965–1970

Assists[edit]

  • 1) 436 assists, Josh Fisher, 2001–2004
  • 2) 424 assists, Charles Newberry, 1987–1990
  • 3) 422 assists, Jordair Jett, 2010–2014
  • 4) 420 assists, Kwamain Mitchell, 2008–2013
  • 5) 400 assists, LaTodd Johnson, 1980–1983

Steals[edit]

  • 1) 192 steals, Anthony Bonner, 1986–1990
  • 2) 179 steals, Josh Fisher, 2001–2004
  • 3) 174 steals, Jordair Jett, 2010–2014
  • 4) 172 steals, Kwamain Mitchell, 2008–2013
  • 5) 165 steals, Mike McCall Jr., 2010–2014

Blocked shots[edit]

  • 1) 135, Ian Vouyoukas, 2003–2007
  • 2) 127, Melvin Robinson, 1989–1992
  • 3) 113, Cory Remekun, 2009–2013
  • 3) 113, Willie Reed, 2008–2010

References[edit]

External links[edit]