Majerus' rebuilding program clicks in Year 5

R.B. FALLSTROM AP Sports Writer Published:

ST. LOUIS (AP) -- There's a stool in every corner of the Saint Louis gym so Rick Majerus can roam the building and do his scrutinizing comfortably.

The 64-year-old coach likes what he's seeing these days.

Majerus was hired five years ago to elevate the school's national profile, and his work is finally bearing fruit. The Billikens (25-7) are in the NCAA tournament for the first time since 2000 as the No. 9 seed in the Midwest with an opening-round matchup against Memphis (26-8) on Friday.

Majerus is making his 12th NCAA appearance in his 25th season. He's done it without taking shoirtcuts, assembling a typical international-flavor roster including key contributors from Australia and New Zealand that's just as efficient in the classroom.