76 Classic: A Resurgent Saint Louis Looks To Get Past Boston College In First Round

Boston College basketball next travels to Anaheim where they will face the Saint Louis Billikens in the first round of the 76 Classic. Fresh off a beatdown handed out by one Atlantic 10 opponent, the Eagles may be headed for another one this week out in Anaheim.

The Rick Majerus-led Billikens are already 3-0 on the year and coming off a 77-64 dismantling of the Washington Huskies on Sunday.

"Thanks to a stifling defense that limited Washington's fast-break opportunities and a precise offense that exposed the Huskies' inexperience, Saint Louis quickly spoiled former Billikens coach Lorenzo Romar's return to the Arch City. Saint Louis led by double figures after eight minutes, by 25 at halftime and by as many as 29 in the second half before Washington made the score respectable in the final 10 minutes."

The scariest part is that Saint Louis plays, you know, defense:

"What has keyed Saint Louis' 3-0 start so far this season is a formidable defense that held Tennessee State to 37 points on 29.8 percent shooting and Southern Illinois to 42 points on a mere eight field goals."

The last time the Eagles and Billikens got together in 2008, it was Saint Louis that pulled off the 53-50 upset over BC out in STL. The Billikens received a strong effort from a group of seven freshmen. Could BC's group of freshmen return the favor just three years later and spring the upset over Saint Louis?

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