NBC Sports: Well, this isn’t the way you follow an impressive win.
Coming off a big win on the road at Cincinnati, New Mexico trailed 33-13 at halftime and left St. Louis with a 60-46 loss.
The Billikens have turned it on lately, defensively, and this game makes them look even more legit. The Lobos are the fourth straight opponent that St. Louis has held under 50 points.
Big ups to the Billikens, who get a great win against a great opponent to spruce up the non-conference resume.
This is a nice win for SLU. This is their 7th win in a row. If they can manage to beat Savannah State on Friday they will be riding a nice 8 game winning streak entering conference play. That is how a team carries momentum into conference play. Savannah State barely cracks 50 points per game and is going on the road to SLU. I don’t think they will have any troubles with this tune-up of a game. This momentum is huge for SLU as they open up A-10 play at home against UMass and then on the road to Temple before they host the Rhody Rams. I would say that I’m hoping Temple takes a lot out of the team but the Billikens will have a full week to rest and prepare for URI after the Temple game.
This is a very impressive team that struggled early in the season with a loss to Santa Clara University and started the season 3-3 (with losses to Kansas and Washington). That Kansas loss is certainly not going to factor into any SLU tournament consideration (should they get to that point). The Santa Clara and Washington losses may come back to bite them (of course, depending on how they do in conference play). If they beat a few of the top teams in the A-10 (Butler, VCU, Xavier) that should be enough quality wins to outweigh those losses.
While it is silly to speculate about March before any conference games have been played, one thing is for certain: I don’t like the fact that URI has to face this team (on the road) while SLU is this red hot.