Bubble Billikens: Breaking Down SLU’s Tournament Chances


Jan 19, 2020
After their devastating and controversial loss to VCU just 2 weeks ago, it seemed that Saint Louis’ postseason hopes were limited to an Atlantic 10 Tournament championship run. But yet ESPN’s Joe Lunardi has SLU in his “First Four Out,” behind only Seton Hall and Utah State, and one spot ahead of the Duke Blue Devils. Jerry Palm of CBS Sports is even more bullish on the Billikens, slotting them as the last team in the field. So how can Saint Louis position themselves to go dancing? Let’s discuss.
Automatic Bid:
This is the simplest of ways to punch a ticket to the Big Dance. If SLU can take care of business against UMass (Woodstock Academy) today and follow it up with wins in the remaining two rounds, then Travis Ford will cut down the nets in Dayton and take them straight to Indianapolis as the automatic qualifier from the A10 conference. While it is a difficult task, this scenario is entirely plausible if SLU...

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