Saint Louis Billikens guard Mike McCall Jr. (11) dribbles the ball during the second half of the game against the Texas A&M Aggies at the CBE Classic at the Sprint Center. St. Louis won 70-49. Mandatory Credit: Denny Medley-US PRESSWIRE
By Emily Beck
(KSDK Sports) -- For the first time in five games, the St. Louis University Billikens will not be playing a game inside the state of Missouri. Tonight, they'll venture about as far away as possible, to Seattle to face the Washington Huskies.
The Billikens (3-2) are looking for their first back to back winning streak, after alternating wins with losses over their first 5 contests. The match up will also be the Billiken's only true "road" game of the calendar year 2012, as they'll return home to Chaifetz Arena for nine consecutive home games.
Tonight they'll face off against former SLU coach Lorenzo Romar and his (2-3) squad.
Injuries could be a tough obstacle. Forward Grandy Glaze is healing a dislocated shoulder and still in a sling, no ETA for his return to the court. Guard Keith Carter is still out with an injured foot and has missed the past three games, although he's no longer wearing his protective boot. Kwamain Mitchell, another guard, is off the crutches and looking towards a late December comeback from a broken foot. Guard Jordair Jett and forward Codey Ellis are also dealing with injuries. A pulled groin for Jett during the Kansas game last week in the CBE Classic. Jett was able to play against Southern Illinois last week, but looked to be in pain, limping on the court.
Romar's Huskie were picked to finish fourth in the Pac-12 conference but are currently 2-3 in the their season. Even after losing two of the teams top scorers from last season, Romar seems unaffected.
Washington's star player, junior guard C.J. Wilcox, has been averaging 18 points per game. The team lost last Wednesday to Colorado state, but Wilcox was able to achieve a career-high 26 points in the game. Another Huskie secret weapon is senior guard Abdul Gaddy who led last year in passes and assists (5.2 per game). Washington has lost two consecutive home games against Colorado and Albany and will definitely try their hardest to not make it three.