Originally posted on Fox Sports Midwest  |  Last updated 11/20/11
ST. LOUIS- Lorenzo Romar and Scott Suggs return to familiar territory Sunday when their Washington Huskies visit the Saint Louis Billikens in an early (11 a.m. CT) tip at Chaifetz Arena. Washington head coach Lorenzo Romar spent three seasons on the bench for the Billikens and faces his former team for the first time since leaving in 2002. His return may not have happened if not for senior Scott Suggs, who grew up in the St. Louis area. If Scott Suggs were not on our team, we wouldnt be doing it,," Romar said. "This is for Scott. Unfortunately he cant play and will be with us on the trip. We were going to take him home and have a chance to play in front of his family and friends. Itll be good for him to get back home. Suggs, voted this season to be one of three captains for the Huskies, suffered a stress fracture in his right little toe that required surgery in mid-October. The senior guard led the team and ranked third in the Pac-10 in 3-point FG percentage (45) last season. Washington has missed the sharp-shooting guard but sophomore wings Terrence Ross and C.J. Wilcox have filled the void considerably. Wilcox (19.3 ppg) leads five Huskies who average double figures. The high powered offense has averaged 87 points per game on 48 percent shooting from the field through the first three games of the season. They have six guys capable of double figures, Saint Louis head coach Rick Majerus said. They have a terrific fast break, speed and athletic ability. They break as quickly on a make as they do on a miss and have the unique situation where four guys on the floor can lead the break. The Saint Louis defense appears ready for the challenge. The Billikens enter Sundays game 2-0 and have held their opponents to just 25.6 percent from the field. On the road against Southern Illinois on Tuesday, SLU tied a school record by limiting the Salukies to eight field goals. The guys are feeling good about the win, and they should be, Majerus said. But if they are over confident against Washington, we will get killed. Junior point guard Kwamain Mitchell has scored nine points in each of the first two games and appears to have shook most of the rust that came from sitting out last season. The Huskies have struggled in the past against smaller guards, and the Washington head coach will make sure to keep an eye on the Billiken point guard. He makes a big, big difference on their team, Romar said. You can just see out there that the guys look to him. Hes a good shooter, hes quick, hes a dynamic little player out there. Hes a really good one, we are going to definitely have to concentrate on him, because hes a big part of what theyre doing. This will be the 14th meeting all time between the Huskies and the Billikens, with SLU leading the all-time series 7-6. Lorenzo Romar and Rick Majerus will go head to head for only the second time. The Majerus led Utah Utes defeated Romar and the Billikens 48-45 during the first round of the 2000 NCAA tournament.
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