St. Louis- The Fontbonne Men's Basketball team will face the 2012-2013 Atlantic 10 Conference Champions on Thursday, October 31st when they take on the St. Louis University (SLU) Billikens for an exhibition game. Tip-off is scheduled for 7pm at the Chaifetz Arena.
This will mark the second consecutive year that the Griffins have played a Division I opponent. Last season Fontbonne played the University of Tennessee-Martin in an exhibition game.
The Billikens are coming off a 28-7 season, and were ranked as high as No. 13 in the country. They captured the Atlantic 10 Conference regular-season and tournament titles. St. Louis also received a No. 4 seed in the NCAA Division I Tournament, and defeated New Mexico State in the second round before falling to Oregon in the round of 32. Heading into this season, SLU is ranked pre-season 17th by The Sporting News.
The Billikens return first team All-Atlantic 10 performer Dwayne Evans, as well as Jordair Jett who was tabbed third-team All-Atlantic 10. Evans averaged 14 points and 7.7 rebounds per game last season. Jett, who was also named to the A-10 defensive team, averaged 9 points, 2.9 rebounds, and led the team in assists with 112. The Billikens return seven of their top ten players from a year ago.
Head coach Steve Schafer is very excited about the opportunity to play St. Louis this season, "It's not every day that a school at our level has the opportunity to play a top 25 Division I program like SLU. We are very gracious to Coach Crews and his staff for providing our players the opportunity to play his team in a very special and unique atmosphere. This will be an experience that our players will cherish and remember forever."
A charter bus will meet on campus in front of the gym to take faculty, students and staff to Chaifetz Arena.
Tickets for the event may be purchased in the Fontbonne Athletic Office. $10 for students, $15 for non-students. Email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 314-889-1444.