St. Louis (KSDK) -- The Saint Louis University Billikens return to the hardwood tonight. The men's basketball team opens the 2012-13 seasonat 7 p.m. Fridayat Chaifetz Arena.

SLU advanced to the second round of the NCAA tournament last year.

Tonight's home opener is against the University of South Carolina Upstate.

The Billikens are without coach Rick Majerus, who is on a medical leave.

This morning, KSDK's Pat McGonigle and a group of SLU cheerleaders held an impromptu pep rally for the Billikens and sent well wishes to Coach Majerus.

Click on the video player to watch it.

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