VCU at Saint Louis College Basketball Picks & Predictions 1/23/2018
Tuesday, January 23, 2018
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The VCU Rams travel to Chaifetz Arena to play the Saint Louis Billikens on Tuesday, January 23, 2018. The opening line for this game has Saint Louis as 2 point favorites.
VCU comes into this game with an overall record of 12-8. They currently have a point differential of 2.7 as they are averaging 77.3 points per game while giving up 74.6 per contest. Saint Louis has an overall record of 10-10. They are averaging 66.2 points per game and surrendering 65.7, good for a point differential of 0.5.
Valuable VCU Rams Betting Trends
The VCU Rams are 8-8 against the spread this season
The VCU Rams are 8-8 against the over/under this year
Important Saint Louis Billikens Betting Trends
The Saint Louis Billikens are 10-7 against the spread this season
The Saint Louis Billikens are 9-8 against the over/under this year
Key VCU Rams Injuries
11/10/17 G Marcus Evans Transferred is out for season
Key Saint Louis Billikens Injuries
12/12/17 F Elliott Welmer Foot is out indefinitely
11/27/17 G Ty Graves Eligibility is out indefinitely
11/16/17 G Adonys Henriquez Undisclosed is out indefinitely
11/16/17 G Jermaine Bishop Undisclosed is out indefinitely
Justin Tillman averages 17.9 points per game while playing 29.5 minutes per night this season. He pulls down 9.5 rebounds per game and dishes out 0.5 assists per game as well. His field goal percentage is 41% while his free throw percentage is at 77%. De'Riante Jenkins averages 13.2 points per game in 30.3 minutes per contest this season. He averages 2.6 assists per contest and 4.2 rebounds per game. His field goal percentage is 44% for the year while his free throw percentage is 72%.
Javon Bess averages 12.8 points per game while playing 35.3 minutes per contest this year. He grabs 6.6 rebounds per game and has 2.2 assists per contest on the year. His field goal percentage is 41% and his free throw percentage is at 74%. Davell Roby averages 11.6 points per game this season and he sees the court an average of 31 minutes per contest. He also averages 2.6 rebounds per contest and 1.9 assists per game. His field goal percentage is 42% and his free throw percentage is 73%.
Useful Team Statistics
VCU averages 77.3 points per contest this season, which ranks them 101st in the nation. Their average scoring margin is 2.7 and their shooting percentage is 46% as a team, which has them ranked 133rd. Behind the arc they shoot 36%, which is good for 129th in the country. They average 37.2 rebounds per game and 14.9 assists per game, which ranks them 110th and 109th in those offensive categories. In the turnover department they rank 158th with 13.6 per game. The Rams allow 74.6 points per game to their opponents which ranks them 239th in Division 1. They also allow a 46% shooting percentage and a 35% average from behind the arc, ranking them 281st and 216th in those defensive categories. Opponents average 34.3 rebounds a game which ranks 140th and they give up 14.9 assists per contest, which puts them in 279th place in college basketball. They force 13.4 turnovers per game which ranks them 158th in the nation.
Useful Team Statistics
Saint Louis is 322nd in the country with 66.2 points per game this year. They are 293rd in D-1 in shooting at 42%, while their average scoring margin is 0.5. They shoot 31% from 3-point range, which is good for 327th in college basketball. They are 205th in the nation in rebounding with 35.5 boards per game, and 245th in assists per contest with 12.8. The Billikens are 218th in turnovers per game with 12.8. The Billikens surrender 65.7 points per contest, which ranks them 39th in the country. Their defense allows a 43% shooting percentage and a 35% average from 3-point range, ranking them 122nd and 210th in those defensive statistics. They rank 113th with 12.5 assists allowed per contest and 70th with 32.7 rebounds surrendered per game. The Billikens are 112th in Division 1 in forcing turnovers with 13.0 per game this season.
The Rams are 224th in the country in defensive rating with 103.3, and their offensive rating of 107.1 is ranked 122nd. They are 106th in college basketball in pace with 71.7 possessions per 40 minutes, and their eFG% of 52% is 132nd. As a unit they are 140th in the nation in true shooting percentage with 55% and they shoot 3-pointers on 37% of their shot attempts, ranking 169th in D-1. VCU is 185th in turnovers, as they turn the ball over an average of 16.2 times per 100 possessions while forcing 16.4 on defense. Their defensive eFG% for the year currently is 52%, which is 273rd in the country.
Saint Louis is 167th in college basketball in turnovers, as they turn the ball over an average of 16.5 times per 100 possessions while forcing 17.4 on the defensive end. Their defensive effective field goal percentage for the season currently is 49%, which is 130th in the nation. The Billikens are 264th in the country in offensive rating with 100.4, and their defensive rating of 99.7 is ranked 133rd. In terms of pace they are 338th in Division 1 with 65.9 possessions per 40 minutes, and their effective field goal percentage of 47% is 317th. As a team they are 309th in D-1 in true shooting percentage with 51% and they shoot 3-pointers on 33% of their shots, ranking 279th in the nation.
Who will win tonight's VCU/Saint Louis college basketball game against the spread?
Guy's Pick: Take Saint Louis -2
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