St. Louis University: 2012-13 Basketball Season Preview

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St. Louis University: 2012-13 Basketball Season Preview
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Has there been more optimism and excitement surrounding the start of a St. Louis University basketball season? I can't recall anything like this, not in the last 15 years.

You might have to go back to the 1997-98 season, aka the Larry Hughes Year, to find a more dynamic Billikens squad.

Now, we probably won't see any 15-year NBA veterans on this Billikens team, but fans have reason to expect just as much success, if not more, this year. That Hughes team won 22 games, including one in the NCAA tournament.

The Billikens are coming off an outstanding season last year, winning 25 games and finishing second in the Atlantic-10 conference.

The season's apex came in the Billikens' victory over Memphis in the second round of the NCAA tournament. The team then took top-seeded Michigan State down to the very end before eventually falling in defeat to the Spartans.

The Billikens return six of the team's top seven scorers from last year. More importantly, they will finally be able to fill out a starting lineup made solely of upperclassmen.

If that last statement doesn't sound very remarkable to you, consider that not too long ago, there were back-to-back seasons with no juniors or seniors on the Billikens' roster.

The rebuilding project under Rick Majerus has finally started to see results. This season is the culmination of many years of struggle and hard work. The payoff should be tremendous.

Here's a preview of this year's St. Louis University Billikens basketball squad.

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