After landing the No. 9 seed in the 2012 NCAA Tournament, the Saint Louis Billikens will be playing No. 8 seeded Memphis to kick things off in the first round. The Billikens received an at-large bid from the tournament's selection committee after turning in a 25-7 record during the regular season.
Despite the regular season success under coach Rick Majerus, the Billikens stumbled in the Atlantic 10 Conference Tournament. Luckily, that didn't cost them a tournament bid. Now, Saint Louis gets to begin its first tournament appearance since 2000 by playing the Tigers.
Memphis enters the tournament playing its best basketball of the season. The Tigers won the Conference USA Tournament in convincing fashion and have started to reach their considerable potential. Memphis has won seven straight entering the tournament.
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