Crews, Saint Louis keep it simple

But most of all, you see it when the Billikens play defense, in crucial possessions like the one against Saint Joe's, or in any of the superficially forgettable ones. If you tune in to Saturday's huge A-10 clash against VCU, you'll see it then, too. Total belief, total trust.

Why is Saint Louis so good? And why hasn't that success translated into a mound of national attention? Because the landscape is crowded, because defense can be hard to watch, because process requires patience. Sure. But maybe it's because it's hard to describe how much a group of players love each other, and even harder to quantify why that matters.

But it does, and the Billikens do. And they haven't slipped yet.

"Wins beat national attention any day," Evans said.

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