Saint Louis had its first look at South Carolina’s stadium Thursday afternoon as the Billikens held practice in advance of today’s NCAA Tournament opener against South Carolina. For a regional preview, check out my Google Hangout with Kevin McCrarey, who covers the Gamecocks and Clemson (two teams in this regional). He says the two favorites are slumping and SLU could be this year’s Stony Brook.

SLU, the 2013 Atlantic 10 Conference champions, is the No. 4 seed in the Columbia Regional and faces No. 1 South Carolina Friday at 6 p.m. (CT). The game will be televised on ESPN2. The Billikens will play Saturday at either 1 p.m. or 7 p.m. in the double elimination bracket, which also includes Clemson and Liberty. Watch the Billikens pregame press conference.