Saint Louis is one of the nation's hottest teams right now and currently ranked No. 18 in the AP Poll. Yet, they are still on the outside and should be viewed as a potential bracket buster due to gaining a lower seed in March.
According to John Gassaway of ESPN Insider, "This is a very good team that will almost certainly be under-seeded next month."
The Billikens will be under-seeded since they hail from the Atlantic-10, but that makes them even more dangerous as a giant killer.
This team is consistent, patient and knows how to dictate the course of the game.
According to Jay Bilas,
The Billikens have won nine games in a row, including attention-grabbers against VCU and Butler. In fact, Saint Louis beaten Butler twice, and done so in convincing fashion. Jim Crews has not changed the system much from Rick Majerus, and his team takes care of the ball with tremendous strength and resolve, stays in front of you and does not allow second shots. The Billikens also get the shot they want, not the shot you want them to take.
With nine straight wins that include wins over two good teams in Butler and VCU, Saint Louis is a major tournament threat to knockout top-seeded teams.
Saint Louis may not have a standout star player, though they do work well together as a team and get the job done through balance and all-around contributions from every player.
Gassaway also says, "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."
The Billikens have been tested this season in tough games against VCU and Butler. Both of those teams were ranked which shows that Saint Louis is able to compete with every team they play against and win.
Saint Louis is on fire as of late and is without a doubt a solid top-25 team, yet they will be under-seeded in the tournament.
The Billikens are the top early team with the most potential to bust brackets in March.