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(KSDK Sports) -- Saint Louis looks to extend its seven-game winning streak Tuesday when it travels to Kingston, R.I., to face the Rhode Island Rams. Tipoff is scheduled for 6 p.m.

It is the opening game of the Atlantic 10 Conference season.

NOTABLES

• Saint Louis, which is riding a seven-game winning streak, opens Atlantic 10 Conference play Tuesday at Rhode Island.

• The Billikens will be looking for their first win against Rhode Island in the last five tries. SLU hasn't topped the Rams since the 2009-10 regular season.

• Saint Louis' 4-0 road record is tied for the second-best undefeated mark in the country. Manhattan is 8-0 in road tilts. Toledo and Wichita State also have 4-0 road records.

• Five Billikens average 8.5 ppg or more. Senior forward Dwayne Evans (14.9 ppg), senior guard Jordair Jett (10.5) and senior forward Rob Loe (10.1 ppg) all score in double figures. Senior guard Mike McCall Jr. (9.5 ppg) and sophomore guard Austin McBroom (8.5 ppg) follow.

• Junior forward Grandy Glaze is SLU's top rebounder with 6.9 rpg. He also scores 5.4 ppg. Dwayne Evans is second on the squad with 6.0 rpg.

• Senior guard Jordair Jett is second in the A-10 with 5.0 assists per game and 12th in the league with 1.5 steals per contest. Senior guard Mike McCall Jr. is tied for 11th in the A-10 with 1.5 steals per game.

• Sophomore guard Austin McBroom is the team's top 3-point shooter in makes (26) and percentage (.413).

• The Billikens lead the A-10 and are among the top 10 nationally in scoring defense, yielding 57.5 ppg. SLU is first in the A-10 in field goal percentage defense (.392) and 3-point field goal percentage defense (.245). The Billikens are also first in the A-10 in scoring margin (+13.8) and second in steals per game (8.1) and free-throw percentage (.720).

• Saint Louis, which has advanced to back-to-back NCAA Tournaments, is the reigning Atlantic 10 Conference champion. The Billikens captured the 2012-13 A-10 regular-season title outright, then claimed the A-10 Championship at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, N.Y. SLU was picked to finish second in the A-10 preseason poll.

• Next up, Saint Louis stays on the road and heads to Dayton to face the Flyers Saturday, Jan. 11. The game is scheduled for 10 a.m. (CT) and will be televised on ESPN2.

GOOD STARTS

• Saturday's win against Yale gave the Billikens 13 victories in their first 15 games, the best start since SLU went 14-1 under Charlie Spoonhour to start the 1993-94 season.

FOR OPENERS

• Since joining the league in 2005-06, the Billikens are 3-5 in Atlantic 10 Conference openers.

• SLU has opened the A-10 slate on the road on three occasions and dropped all three.

ROAD WARRIORS

• Saint Louis is 4-0 so far this season on the road. Only Manhattan (8-0) has a better undefeated road record. Toledo and Wichita State also sport 4-0 road records.

• The 4-0 mark is SLU's best start in non-conference road tilts since 1993-94, when the Billikens went 4-0 with wins at SMU, Creighton, Murray State and UMKC.

• Prior to this year, the Billikens had gone 1-15 in non-conference road tilts in the regular season since the 2007-08 campaign.

CREWS THROUGH 50

• Saturday's game against Yale was the 50th at SLU for head coach Jim Crews. His 41 victories are the second-most in school history for a SLU head coach through his first 50 games.

• Eddie Hickey, SLU's all-time winningest coach, accumulated 44 wins in his first 50 games. Hickey coached the Billikens for 11 seasons from 1947-58 and posted a 212-89 record.

1,000-POINT CLUB

• Dwayne Evans and Mike McCall Jr. are two of 29 Billikens who have scored 1,000 or more points in their careers.

• Evans, the Billikens' active leading scorer with 1,247 career points, became the 28th player in SLU's 1,000-point club last year in the NCAA Tournament win against New Mexico State.

• McCall Jr. entered "the club" in the North Carolina A&T game with a free throw. He now has 1,020 career points.

• Jordair Jett needs 75 points to reach 1,000 for his career.

BALANCING ACT

• The Billikens are continuing their trend from last season by having a balanced scoring attack.

• SLU features five players who average 8.5 ppg or more. Last season, the Billikens had six players finish with 7.0 ppg or more.

• SLU's scoring was so spread out last year that no Billiken finished in the top 10 in scoring in the A-10. In A-10 games only, no Billiken appeared in the top 10 despite ranking seventh in the league in scoring offense. SLU's leading scorer from last year, Dwayne Evans (14.0 ppg), was 15th in the A-10 in scoring.

• Only Dwayne Evans (12th in A-10 with 14.9 ppg) is in the top 30 in scoring in the league.

CHAIRMAN OF THE BOARD

• Dwayne Evans is moving up SLU's career rebounding list. He is fourth in school history with 810 career boards.

• It will be tough to move any higher, however, as he need 318 rebounds to reach Jim McLaughlin for third.

• In the latest NCAA men's basketball statistical report (Dec. 22), Evans ranked ninth in the nation among all NCAA Division I players in total career rebounds.

ALL-TIME STEAL

• Another record to watch is the Billikens' all-time steals list. Jordair Jett and Mike McCall Jr. have been battling all season for a better spot in the top 10.

• Currently, Jett is fifth with 146 steals, while McCall Jr. follows in seventh with 143 steals.

JETT ENTERS ASSISTS RECORD BOOK

• Jordair Jett, who is averaging 5.0 apg this season, broke into the top 10 in career assists. His 333 career assists are 10th all time as he surpassed Kevin Lisch.

SCOUTING RHODE ISLAND

• The Rams, who are coming off a road win at LSU, enter Tuesday's A-10 opener with a 9-6 overall record.

• Xavier Munford leads the Rams in scoring with 15.8 ppg. Backcourt-mate E.C. Matthews scores 12.1 ppg. That duo is the reigning A-10 Player and A-10 Rookie of the Week, respectively.

• Gilvydas Biruta pulls down a team-best 6.8 rpg and scores 10.7 ppg. Biggie Minnis leads the team in steals (14) and assists (48).

• Head coach Dan Hurley is in his second season at Rhode Island.

SERIES HISTORY

• The Rams lead the series 7-5 and has won five in a row.

• During that five-game winning streak in the series, URI twice knocked the Billikens out of the A-10 Tournament. In addition, Rhody defeated the Billikens in 2011-12 that prevented SLU from having a chance to capture the A-10 regular-season title that year.

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