Oklahoma State head coach Travis Ford grimaces during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game against Kansas State in the first round of the Big 12 conference tournament in Kansas City, Mo., Wednesday, March 9, 2016. (AP Photo/Orlin Wagner)
Orlin Wagner
March 30, 2016

ST. LOUIS (AP) Saint Louis has hired Travis Ford to coach its men's basketball team.

The school set a news conference Thursday to introduce Ford, who replaces Jim Crews.

''We are going to deliver a brand of basketball that is fun, exciting, aggressive and up-tempo - one that recruits will love playing and fans will love watching,'' Ford said in a statement. ''We have a great setting to recruit to with a wonderful city, beautiful campus, terrific school and a first-class facility.''

Ford was fired by Oklahoma State this month after going 155-111 in eight seasons with five NCAA Tournament appearances. He is 345-257 in 19 seasons overall with earlier stops at Massachusetts, Eastern Kentucky and Campbellsville.

At UMass, like Saint Louis a member of the Atlantic 10 Conference, Ford had two 20-win teams in three seasons.

''Our vision for Billiken basketball is to be nationally competitive, and Travis shares in that vision,'' athletic director Chris May said in a statement. ''He has had success everywhere he has coached.''

The Billikens went 22-42 the last two seasons. Crews, who had joined the program as an assistant under the late Rick Majerus, was 77-56 in four seasons.

The 46-year-old Ford began his college career as a guard at Missouri before transferring to Kentucky where he was a member of a Final Four team in 1993.

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