Over a thousand Billikens fans showed up to cheer on their team at a watch party at Saint Louis University’s Chaifetz Arena.
The game was displayed on all four jumbotrons, with snacks and refreshments also being offered. The event was free and open to the public.
SLU is a 4 seed in the NCAA Tournament, their highest seed in school history. Their success this season is attributed greatly to the recruiting of their late coach, Rick Majerus. Majerus passed away last December of heart failure, and their season has been unofficially dedicated in his memory.
“This the most exciting time to be a Billiken fan and alumnus," says Rick Faccin, a SLU 1982 graduate who was at the watch party, "You’re proud of your University and you’re proud of what they’ve accomplished to date. It’s a real treat for me."
SLU went on to beat their first round opponent, New Mexico State, 64-44 and will advance on to play Oregon in the round of 32.