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This is going to be a stream-of-consciousness narration in 2 parts about the SLU Billikens of 2021.

Emotional Side: This season has been a gigantic letdown that will end in the NCAA's version of the loser's bracket to bubble up again for a tournament that literally does not matter and does nothing for the team or University. Travis Ford had a very talented team coming back with multiple All-League players and found a way to not win with them. Now Goodwin and French are leaving with 1 tourney in 4 years. Covid killed this team, as the team that came back from the insanely long 34 day pause was a mid-pack at best A10 team after playing a pretty solid non-conference slate with good wins over LSU and NC State and a defendable loss to Minnesota before the Gophers imploded.

Logical Side: SLU has some good talent coming back and will add Francis Okoro to replace Hasahn French next year. The development time will be good for Yuri Collins, Fred Thatch (missed a lot of time the previous year), Gibson Jimerson (injury redshirt for previous year), Terrence Hargrove Jr., and Demarius Jacobs (who was banged up this year as well). Travis Ford helped SLU perform an exorcism of the Jim Crews Reign of Error and made the Billikens respectable again, even if this season that started with high expectations ends up in Texas for the NIT. Plus, if the Billikens do win the NIT, we get to say "We're #69 (nice)" and hope the experiences of this year lead to a successful future.

Thanks for reading, and good luck to any A-10 team remaining. It's been a year, that's for damn sure.
 

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Wonder if Ford ever feels snake bitten. At UMass he had 2 teams, 2007 and 2008 that should have made the big dance but one year Goldwire was unconscious from the 3 pt line and the other year the entire team had the flue and need to just win, but sent to OT against the his current team. One player in particular would play come off and vomit in a bucket then go back out. Now this year.
 

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Wonder if Ford ever feels snake bitten. At UMass he had 2 teams, 2007 and 2008 that should have made the big dance but one year Goldwire was unconscious from the 3 pt line and the other year the entire team had the flue and need to just win, but sent to OT against the his current team. One player in particular would play come off and vomit in a bucket then go back out. Now this year.
I did not know that story.
 
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