SaintLouis, which has been pegged by some as a potential dark horsecontender and a stumbling block for Louisville, marched onward in thetournament with a dominant performance over New Mexico State to win64-44.
TheBillikens have dedicated their season to late legendary coach RickMajerus.Interim Head Coach Jim Cruz has replaced Majerus and is now incontention for Coach of the Year.
While Saint Louis was in control throughout the game, it was the end of the game that saw the Billikens truly pull away.
Theteam is led by Junior forward Dwayne Evans who averages 13.7 ppg and7.7 rpg. Evans was once again predominant on Tuesday, providing 24points and 6 rebounds for the Billikens.
Aconcern for Saint Louis moving forward is the lack of supporting castsurrounding Evans. Either Oklahoma State or Oregon await the Billikensin the second round as the two teams will likely vie for the chance toface Louisville in the Sweet 16.