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"Saint Louis will finally crack the polls this week and deservedly so, but let's make sure we're praising this team accurately. I've seen the term 'poor man's Wisconsin' attached to Crews' men, and it's true they rank No. 1 in the A-10 in defense (holding conference opponents to 0.92 points per trip) while also excelling at taking care of the ball (giving it away on just 16 percent of their possessions in-conference). But that's where the eerie Badgers-Billikens parallels end. Bo Ryan's team has struggled on offense this season while playing at a slow tempo. Conversely, SLU has been outstanding on offense while playing at the A-10's 'normal' pace. Saint Louis will continue to be underestimated on offense simply because Crews' balanced rotation offers no 'star' to latch onto and promote. But Cody Ellis, Jordair Jett, Dwayne Evans and Mike McCall all do their bit, and as a team, the Billikens hit their 2s and get to the line. This is a very good team that will almost certainly be under-seeded next month."