Head coach Chris Lowery said his major concern against the Billikens would be the play of their frontcourt — especially sophomore forward Willie Reed.
“Willie Reed is a tremendous talent,” Lowery said. “We just have to make sure we keep him in the game a lot. When he plays longer periods of time, you can wear him down. We have to use our four guys against their two. Reed and (Brian) Conklin are the two guys that man the floor and do a lot of stuff for them on both sides of the ball.”
Reed leads Saint Louis with 13.7 points, 10.4 rebounds and 1.87 blocks per game. Conklin is third on the team in scoring and second in rebounding, averaging 9.9 points and 3.9 rebounds per contest.