Originally posted on Fox Sports Midwest  |  Last updated 11/28/12
ST. LOUIS The favored Washington Huskies didnt just get beat by the Saint Louis Billikens last November. They got embarrassed. So when the two teams meet again Wednesday night in Seattle to complete the home-and-home series, the Billikens expect to see a fired up bunch on the other side. Certainly they remember that game last year, interim SLU coach Jim Crews said. The Billikens ambushed the Huskies from the start during a Nov. 20 meeting at Chaifetz Arena in St. Louis last year. They led by as many as 29 points in the second half and finished with a 77-64 win. The win fueled gaining momentum for Saint Louis, which went on to win the 76 Classic in Anaheim and start the season with a 12-1 record. In their only true road non-conference game this year, the Billikens are hoping to get equal momentum. Saint Louis (3-2) has alternated wins and losses through their first five games of the year and looks to start their first win streak after beating Southern Illinois, 61-51, on Saturday night. But despite the fact that Washington (2-3) has lost to Albany and Colorado State, the Billikens expect last years waxing to be fresh on their minds. Oh yea, definitely, said forward Cody Ellis. (SLU guard) Jake Barnett was talking o one of their coaches because he did a tour in China and he was one of the coaches and he said they watched that tape pretty much every day. They are definitely going to be fired up. The Billikens stats in their wins and losses this year are quite eye-popping. They average 69 points per game and shoot 51.4 percent from the field in their wins while averaging just 60.5 points per game and shooting only 35 percent in their two losses. Taking care of the ball has been a big story as well. They have 44 assists to 33 turnovers in their three wins but just 19 assists to 29 turnovers in their two losses. Its paramount, Crews said. You get no interest on your investment on turnovers. You have no chance to score when you turn it over. Weve got to take care of the ball and keep the turnovers low. Said Ellis, Its huge for us (to not turn the ball over). Most of the teams we play are going to be more athletic and quicker than us so for us to take care of the ball is big for us to get some wins. To combat the unusual 9 p.m. local (11 p.m. St. Louis) start time, the Billikens traveled to Seattle on Monday and practiced Tuesday at the Alaska Airlines Arena. The Huskies are led by C.J. Wilcox, who is averaging a team high 18 points per game. Hes one of four Washington players in double figures, joining Abdul Gaddy (14.6), Aziz NDiaye (10.8) and Scott Suggs (10.3). Suggs, a native of nearby Washington, Missouri, will miss the game with an injury. They really do present some matchup problems, Crews said. They are long, they are athletic, they play very aggressive at home. Lorenzo does a great job with those guys. They can really shoot the ball. The Huskies are coached by Lorenzo Romar, who spent three seasons at the helm of the Billikens from 1999-2002. He led SLU to a 51-44 record in his three seasons and took them to the NCAA Tournament in 2000. His homecoming didnt go so well last November. And the Billikens hope to repeat their performance again come Wednesday. They are a really good team that is kind of underachieving you could say, Ellis said. They are a very dangerous team. They are very athletic and really talented. Weve got to come in and play our game.
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