#48 St. Louis Billikens: College Basketball 111 in 111

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Welcome to The Sports Bank’s third annual college basketball season preview series.  Two years we looked at 99 teams in 99 days.  Last year, we were slightly more aggressive and expanded to 111 teams in 111 days and will do so again as we look ahead to the 2012-2013 season.

We will rank the 75 power conference teams and top 36 mid-majors in reverse power ranking order.  We’ll break down rosters, transfers, incoming freshmen, non-conference schedules, and pick a player to watch for each team.

With Rick Majerus having to step down due to health concerns and the injury to starting point guard Kwamain Mitchell, the season has gotten off to an auspicious start for a St. Louis Billikens team that is expected to contend for the Atlantic 10 title.  How they are able to overcome those two obstacles will be the determining factor when the dust settles in March.

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99 in 99: #48 St. Louis Billikens (UPDATE: 10/13)

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Without a single senior on the roster, St. Louis became one of the surprise teams in the country last season ending with very respectable fourth place finish in the competitive Atlantic 10 Conference.  One year older, the Billikens will no longer fly under the radar as they hope to battle for a spot in the NCAA Tournament.

(10/13 UPDATE: St. Louis University sent out a release stating that their top two players Willie Reed and Kwamain Mitchell are no longer enrolled at the school.  Read more about that here.  This obviously kills the Billikens’ chances of being a sleeper team in the A-10 and drops them out of my top 99.)

The Sports Bank’s “99 in 99” ranks the 72 power conference college basketball teams and top 27 mid-majors.  Our countdown will lead right up to the start of the season and provide you will all the in-depth information about the top teams in the game.  Click here if you missed teams #49-#99.

By: David Kay
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