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Jordair Jett #5 of the Saint Louis Billikens receives the Atlantic 10 men's basketball player of the year award by Atlantic 10 commissioner Bernadette McGlade before the game against the St. Bonaventure Bonnies during the Quarterfinals of the 2014 Atlantic 10 Men's Basketball Tournament at Barclays Center on March 14, 2014 in the Brooklyn Borough of New York City. (Photo by Mike Lawrie/Getty Images)

Jordair Jett #5 of the Saint Louis Billikens receives the Atlantic 10 men’s basketball player of the year award by Atlantic 10 commissioner Bernadette McGlade before the game against the St. Bonaventure Bonnies during the Quarterfinals of the 2014 Atlantic 10 Men’s Basketball Tournament at Barclays Center on March 14, 2014 in the Brooklyn Borough of New York City. (Photo by Mike Lawrie/Getty Images)

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ST. LOUIS (AP) - Saint Louis is returning to the NCAA tournament for the third straight season, earning a No. 5 seed in the Midwest Regional.

The Billikens (26-6), winners of the Atlantic 10 regular season title, will face the winner of Tuesday’s first-round game in Dayton, Ohio, between No. 12 seeds North Carolina State (21-13) and Xavier (21-12). The second-round matchup will take place Thursday in Orlando, Fla.

St. Louis lost its opening game of the Atlantic 10 tournament on a buzzer-beating 3-pointer by St. Bonaventure. However, it won 19 games in a row during the season before losing four of five games.

The Billikens have won their opening game in the NCAA tournament in each of the last two years, including over New Mexico State as a No. 4 seed last year.

Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

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