SLU off to strong start but aims for better shooting ahead
By Elizabeth Eisele
Saint Louis University Billikens Rob Loe battles Oral Roberts Golden Eagles Korey Billbury for the basketball in the first half at the Chaifetz Arena in St. Louis on November 21, 2013. UPI/Bill Greenblatt By BILL GREENBLATT
Saint Louis University Billikens Grandy Glaze runs into the Oral Roberts Golden Eagles defense as he tries to score in the first half at the Chaifetz Arena in St. Louis on November 21, 2013. UPI/Bill Greenblatt By BILL GREENBLATT
Saint Louis University Billikens Jordair Jett (5) goes for a layup as Oral Roberts Golden Eagles Drew Wilson defends in the first half at the Chaifetz Arena in St. Louis on November 21, 2013. UPI/Bill Greenblatt By BILL GREENBLATT
(KMOV.com) -- This has been a tremendous start to the season for Jim Crews’ Billikens. They’re 12-2 and have only suffered losses to the teams currently ranked 4th (Wisconsin) and 8th (Wichita State) in the country.
All would appear to be just fine and dandy in his world then. But there’s just one thing bugging him at the moment.
“We haven’t shot the ball worth a lick which is baffling to me to tell you the truth,” Crews said.
What he’s referring to is a poor 3-19 shooting performance from 3-point range against Vanderbilt on Monday. The Bills ended up winning, thanks largely to a stifling defense which held the Commodores to just 49 points. But the players know that type of shooting won’t cut it starting next week.
“We need to be a lot better, especially going into conference (play),” Mike McCall Jr. said. “There’s a lot of good teams in the A-10 conference so we definitely need to improve on that.”
“We got guys putting up shots (in practice). We got guys in on their days off,” Dwayne Evans said. “We’re trying to work on it. We just have to put ourselves in spots to take shots and they’ll fall eventually.”
The head coach says while the shots aren’t going in right now, it’s not the shot selection he’s concerned with.
“Our goal is to have a good shot,” Crews said. “Would we like to make all the shots inside and outside? Absolutely. But the goal is to get good shots by the rights guys at the right time. I think we’re doing a pretty good job of that.”
They all believe the shots will end up falling at some point.