Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Slu Looks to Tulsa for Inspiration for Upset of Indiana Ucla's Loss Sends Message as Billikens Make Tough Trip

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Slu Looks to Tulsa for Inspiration for Upset of Indiana Ucla's Loss Sends Message as Billikens Make Tough Trip

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Rasheed Malik says he usually has trouble falling asleep on nights when he's played a basketball game. Following that tradition, Malik couldn't shut his eyes after he led St. Louis University in scoring in his major-college debut Wednesday night in the first round of the Preseason NIT.

What he watched on TV set jolted him like a heavy dose of caffeine, too. He saw Tulsa upset UCLA in another first-round game. Malik knew all those Tulsa players; he played six games there during an injury-hampered season a couple of years ago.

If Tulsa can knock off the mighty Bruins, anything is possible. That includes a SLU victory at Indiana tonight. "Not that I overlooked Arkansas-Little Rock in the first round, but they aren't exactly a marquee name," Malik said. "As soon as I saw the tournament bracket and saw we could be playing Indiana in the second round, I've looked forward to playing Indiana." A bunch of Billikens will be baptized into the world of big-time college basketball tonight, when SLU meets the Hoosiers at 5:30 p.m. at storied Assembly Hall in Bloomington. This will be the first road game of the season for six rookies. Only Jeff Harris, Corey Frazier and Virgel Cobbin have started a game in this kind of atmosphere, when they played before a loud throng at Cincinnati last season. There will be the mass of red-clad Hoosiers fans. There will be the ghosts of 11 Big Ten championships, 20 NCAA Tournament berths, three national championships. There will be youthful memories of watching all those televised Indiana games, of seeing Steve Alford, Calbert Cheaney and Damon Bailey, of hearing about legends Don Schlundt and Quinn Buckner. There will be Bob Knight. Granted, Knight will be on the sidelines as coach and not trying to set screens or pop jump shots. But he might as well be. …

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