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19th-ranked Billikens go for win No. 20 Saturday against George Mason

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The No. 19-ranked men's basketball team in the country, the Saint Louis University Billikens, will look to finish off a well-deserved week home the right way, when it takes on the struggling George Mason Patriots, Saturday afternoon at Chaifetz Arena in St. Louis.

SLU, the defending Atlantic 10 Conference regular season and tournament champions, are atop the league standings again with an unblemished 6-0 mark in conference play and a sterling 19-2 overall record this season, which is tied for the best record in program history through 21 games.

No SLU team has ever been 20-2, so a victory on Saturday will be a historic one for the Billikens.

SLU also boasts a 13-game winning streak, with its only losses this season coming back in November and December, to current national No. 4 Wichita State and No. 14 Wisconsin.

In its last outing, Wednesday night against Richmond, the Billikens dominated the visiting Spiders for a 77-57 victory, which was highlighted by SLU holding the Richmond to a season-low 31.7 percent shooting from the field.

Seniors Jordair Jett and Dwayne Evans led the way for the Billikens, by both posting double-doubles.

Jett had 21 points and a career-high 10 rebounds, while Evans added 15 points and 10 rebounds of his own.

SLU BILLIKENS PREVIEW -- NCAA MEN'S BASKETBALL 2013-2014

GEORGE MASON PATRIOTS (7-13, 0-6) at SLU BILLIKENS (19-2, 6-0)
CHAIFETZ ARENA -- FEBRUARY 1, 2013 -- 1:30 P.M.

PROBABLE STARTING LINEUPS

GEORGE MASON PATRIOTS ...................... SLU BILLIKENS

G - 0 Bryon Allen, Sr. 14.2 ppg ........................ G - 5 Jordair Jett, Sr. 12.6 ppg

G - 10 Sherrod Wright, Sr. 14.0 ppg ................ G - 11 Mike McCall Jr., Sr. 8.6 ppg

G - 3 Patrick Holloway, Soph. 9.1 ppg ............. F - 30 Jake Barnett, Sr. 5.1 ppg

F - 20 Jalen Jenkins, Fr. 7.1 ppg ....................... F - 21 Dwayne Evans, Sr. 15.0 ppg

F - 2 Johnny Williams, Sr. 6.1 ppg .................... C - 51 Rob Loe, Sr. 9.1 ppg

George Mason comes to town on a seven-game losing streak, including all six A-10 games its played this season.

The Patriots last won on January 2, when they defeated Penn 80-77 in Fairfax, Va.

This season is George Mason's first in the A-10. The Patriots had been longtime members of the Colonial Athletic Association, but joined the A-10 this past summer.

The Patriots are led by seniors Bryon Allen (14.2 ppg) and Sherrod Wright (14.0 ppg), while sophomore Patrick Holloway leads the club in three-point shooting with 36 makes and a 41.9 percentage this season.

Freshman forward has also been a bright spot for George Mason this year. He comes into Saturday winner of three straight A-10 Rookie of the Week awards.

Last week, the Brooklyn, NY native, averaged a double-double in a pair of close losses against Fordham and George Washington.

Saturday's SLU-GMU matchup, which marks the first time the two teams have ever met, will be televised live by the NBC Sports Network, and carried on the radio by 101 ESPN in St. Louis.

UPCOMING SLU BILLIKENS SCHEDULE

February 1 vs. George Mason ........ 1:30 p.m.
February 5 at Saint Joseph's ........ 6 p.m.
February 8 at La Salle .............. 4 p.m.
February 15 vs. VCU ................. 1 p.m.
February 19 at George Mason ......... 6 p.m.
February 22 vs. George Washington ... 7 p.m.
February 27 vs. Duquesne ............ 7 p.m.
March 1 at VCU ...................... 5 p.m.
March 5 vs. Dayton .................. 8 p.m.
March 9 at Massachusetts ............ 1 p.m.

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