Saint Louis didn't make it past the first weekend of the NCAA tournament.
But in beating Memphis in their first game and playing Michigan State down to the final seconds, the Billikens showed they aren't likely to go 12 years between appearances again.
Of the nine players who played in the 65-61 loss to the Spartans, who were seeded first in the West Region, all but two will be back for 2012-13.
One loss is starting forward Brian Conklin, who led the team in scoring for the season. The other is guard Kyle Cassity, who had 32 starts but played just one minute against the Spartans.
The returnees include guard Kwamain Michell, who averaged over 12 points and nearly four assists a game in his first season back from a university-imposed one-year suspension.
Forward Cody Ellis, who hit nearly 39 percent from 3-point range, and forward Dwayne Evans, who averaged over seven rebounds a game, also are among the returnees.
And guard Jordair Jett, who earned all Defensive Team recognition...