TSX: Majerus sticks with nine-man rotation

Rick Majerus

The Sports Xchange talks about Rick Majerus and his rotation this season.

Saint Louis coach Rick Majerus had started the same five players every game through Jan. 14, but that doesn't mean he lacks confidence in the guys coming off his bench.

"We've gotten into a nine-man rotation," Majerus said. "Cody Ellis would be considered a starter, but I bring him in off the bench.

"It's trying to get lineups to match, lineups to go against other teams' lineups. And part of it is a fatigue factor. For whatever reason, we don't have players that are capable of playing extended minutes at a great rate."

Only one player, guard Kwamain Mitchell, was playing as much as 30 minutes a game. Forward Brian Conklin, the leading scorer and No. 2 rebounder, was averaging just over 29 minutes an appearance.

No other starter was averaging as many as 25 minutes, and two subs, Ellis and Jordair Jett, are usually on the floor for more than half the game.

"I can probably be held accountable for that somewhat, too," Majerus said. "But we have played with this nine men, and most of the time it has served us well."

Can't argue much with that.

The Billikens were 14-4 through Jan. 14 and were grouped with four others teams at 2-2 in the Atlantic 10 Conference behind one-loss teams Massachusetts, Dayton, Xavier, La Salle and Richmond.

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