Team preview: Saint Louis

Blue Ribbon Illustrated previews the 2004-05 college basketball season, exclusively on Insider.

Updated: October 20, 2004, 5:26 PM ET
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COACH AND PROGRAM

Saint Louis coach Brad Soderberg will never stop preaching defense.

After all, that's what carried his team when the offense went south last season. The Billikens ranked 13th nationally in scoring defense, allowing 59.9 points per game, and it was surely a big key in helping them earn an NIT bid.

When the season ended, Soderberg praised his team for its perseverance when the ball wouldn't fall.

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