SLU Gets an "Old-Fashioned Butt-Kicking," and Other College Hoops News

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The Billikens' woes on the road continued last night when they were manhandled by Temple, losing 65-40

Tom Timmermann at the Post-Dispatch was in Philly to watch the massacre and came through with some very colorful reporting and this quote from the always-upbeat Bills coach Rick Majerus:

"We didn't come out and play purposely or with passion," coach Rick Majerus said before heading off to the hospital to join Mitchell. "Case closed. Game over. We just got our butt kicked. They did it to us and we did it to ourselves. That's a toxic combination. It was an old-fashioned butt-kicking and I applaud Temple."

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The only stat you really need to know is that SLU shot 20 percent from the field while allowing Temple to make 64 percent. They never got within fifteen points in the second half. 

Adding injury to insult, up-and-coming freshman point guard Kwamain Mitchell suffered a concussion during garbage time late in the first half and had to be hauled off the court on a stretcher. Majerus and Co. have to be summoning the collective prayers of every Jesuit SLU has to spare that Mitchell's play isn't affected by the injury because they have absolutely no one who can replace him.

Kevin Lisch played so poorly in the game that the ESPN.com reporter mistook him for another Lisch entirely. From last night's recap: "Leading scorer Rusty Lisch, averaging 13.8 points, was held scoreless and missed all 10 of his shots."

SLU hosts Richmond, a team that's tied for third place in the A-10, on Sunday. Check back Monday for a full Rundown re-cap of that match-up.

Elsewhere in college hoops:

-- Mizzou won a wild one versus Oklahoma State and should be ranked in the next batch of polls. They play Texas Tech tomorrow.

-- Illinois beat Ohio State earlier this week and hosts always-tough Wisconsin tomorrow.

-- The Southern Illinois Salukis play the Illinois State Redbirds in an all-Illinois Missouri Valley Conference grudge match tomorrow. Think Obama will take time off from running the free world to watch?



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