Thursday, January 10, 2008

Perhaps the biggest sports story tonight in the U.S. concerns the St. Louis Blues -- and I'm not talking about the hockey team!

The St. Louis University Billikens men's basketball team suffered a 49-20 loss to George Washington University -- yes, that's right, 20 points for the entire game. It was the lowest output for a team in the 20-plus years of the shot-clock era.

The Billikens' overall field-goal success rate was 7-of-48 (.146). Their three-point shooting was a pathetic 1-of-19 (.053), which means the team went 6-of-29 (.207) on two-point attempts. St. Louis's remaining 5 points came from the free-throw line (on 10 attempts).

Further, as shown in this play-by-play sheet, there was a point where a little more than 29:00 minutes of the game had elapsed and St. Louis still had only 8 points! It thus took a furious Billiken rally to get up to 20 points.

What's funny is that SLU came into tonight's contest on somewhat of a hot streak. Quoting from a team press release, "The Billikens have fashioned a season-best three-game winning streak. During the run, the Billikens are shooting 52.1 percent from the field, including 43.2 percent from beyond the arc..."

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