Originally written on Fox Sports  |  Last updated 12/3/11
Last season was such a downer for Saint Louis, there'll be few tears shed if the school's first appearance in the Top 25 since 1994 lasts a single week. The Billikens figure to be back. A year late, coach Rick Majerus' program is finally taking flight. ''We took our beatings last year, and to see the guys push through that is satisfying,'' senior guard Kyle Cassity said. ''This is it, seeing it all come together. I don't know how long we'll stay there, but to crack the Top 25 and get a little exposure is great.'' All five starters are back on a team picked to finish third in the Atlantic-10. Saint Louis has already beaten Oklahoma, Villanova, Boston College and Washington, not your typical early-season fodder, in a scintillating 6-0 start. The lone loss came on dead legs at Loyola Marymount on Tuesday, the fourth game in six days. Disneyland might be blamed, too. Players spent five or six hours at the amusement park the day before the loss. ''That could have had an effect on u...
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