St. Louis Billikens Men’s Basketball Tickets
The Saint Louis Billikens men’s basketball team is a Division I program for Saint Louis University. The team is located in St. Louis, Missouri and plays their home games at the Chaifetz Arena. The Chiafetz Arena has a capacity of 10,600 people and opened in 2008. Since the arena’s opening, the Billikens are 56-15 at the arena, including a 15-1 record in the 2011-12 season. The team plays in the Atlantic 10 Conference. The team is currently coached by Rick Majerus. In Majerus’ five years as head coach, the team has finished 95-69 including two 20-win seasons and one trip to the NCAA Tournament.
The team played its first game in 1915 and since that time, has been one of the top mid-major programs in the country. After winning their first conference championship in 1947, the team reached a measure of success under coach Eddie Hickey, where they made their first two NCAA Tournament appearances and their only appearances until 1994. In those two appearances, the team made the Sweet Sixteen in both, and made the Elite Eight for the first and only time in 1952. Under Charlie Spoonhour in the 1990s, the team made the NCAA Tournament three times including two consecutive appearances in 1994 and 1995. The team has reached seven total NCAA Tournaments, most recently in 2012.
The Billikens have featured nineteen players who have been selected in the NBA Draft. Of those, two of them have been selected in the first round: Larry Hughes in 1998 with the eighth overall pick by the Philadelphia 76ers, and Anthony Bonner with the twenty third pick in the 1990 draft by the Sacramento Kings. Retired in the rafters are the jerseys of Richard Boushka, Anthony Bonner, and Bob Ferry.
The Billikens share a rivalry game with the Temple Owls, as both teams have vied for the top of the Atlantic 10 for the past few years. Unfortunately, due to the constant shifting of conferences, the team has been unable to forge a steady rivalry game.