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Majerus on the minds of Saint Louis, New Mexico State in NCAA tournament opener for both teams

New Mexico State coach Marvin Menzies watched video of Saint Louis all week, and a common theme kept showing up on every play he analyzed: Rick Majerus.

More than three months since his death, Majerus' style still lives on through his players.

Saint Louis (27-6) will be looking to carry on the memory of the affable and animated coach in the way he so often made his mark in March: with a deep run in the NCAA tournament. The fourth-seeded Billikens must first find a way to get past 13th-seeded New Mexico State and 7-foot-5 freshman Sim Bhullar on Thursday.

The two-time defending Western Athletic Conference champion Aggies (24-10) lost in the first round to Indiana last year and haven't won a game in the tournament since 1993.