Rise of the Billikens

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If you’ve been to a Saint Louis University Billikens men’s basketball game at Chaifetz Arena, you’ve likely heard the student section break into its “We Are Saint Louis” chant. It’s a pretty awesome thing to see.

It’s also pretty much without questions that the university has the coolest mascot in the country.

Ever wondered what a “Billiken” is? Here you go.

The Billiken men recently secured their second Atlantic 10 regular season title and head into the conference tournament this week as the #1 seed. They won the tournament last year after also winning the regular season title. As the #1 seed, the team earned a bye in the first round and will play at 11 am on Friday in the Quarterfinals of the tournament. They will play the winner of La Salle and St. Bonaventure.

Senior Jordair Jett was named the A-10 Conference Player of the Year yesterday in a vote of the league’s coaches. Billiken head coach Jim Crews was also named the Coach of the Year for the second time in as many years. Crews is also a finalist for the Henry Iba award as National Coach of the Year.

Joe Lunardi over at ESPN has the Billikens getting a #5 seed in his latest “Bracketology”. He has Saint Louis playing Louisiana Tech first in San Diego.

The Saint Louis Athletic Department released this promotional video yesterday.

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