VCU vs Saint Louis Predictions, College Basketball Picks, Odds 2/21/2020
Game: VCU Rams vs Saint Louis Billikens
Date: Friday, February 21, 2020
Location: Chaifetz Arena in St. Louis, MO
Odds/Point Spread: Saint Louis +1.5
The VCU Rams travel to Chaifetz Arena to play the Saint Louis Billikens on Friday, February 21, 2020. The opening line for this matchup has VCU as 1.5 point favorites.
VCU heads into this matchup with a mark of 17-9. They currently have a point differential of 7.2 as they are averaging 71.6 points per contest while giving up 64.4 per game. Saint Louis has an overall mark of 18-8. They are averaging 71.3 points per contest and giving up 66.4, which is a point differential of 4.9.
Valuable VCU Rams Betting Trends
The VCU Rams are 9-17-0 against the spread
The VCU Rams are 12-13-1 against the over/under
Important Saint Louis Billikens Betting Trends
The Saint Louis Billikens are 13-12-0 against the spread
The Saint Louis Billikens are 15-10-0 against the over/under
Key VCU Rams Injuries
02/20/20 G Marcus Evans Knee is questionable Friday vs Saint Louis
Key Saint Louis Billikens Injuries
12/21/19 G Gibson Jimerson Foot is out for season
01/08/20 G Fred Thatch Jr. Leg is out indefinitely
Marcus Santos-Silva comes into this contest averaging 12.7 points per game while playing 26.8 minutes per night this season. He pulls down 9.1 rebounds per game and dishes out 0.9 assists per game as well. His field goal percentage is 47% while his free throw percentage currently sits at 55%. De'Riante Jenkins averages 10.7 points per game in 26.5 minutes per contest this season. He averages 2.1 assists per contest and 4.0 rebounds per game. His field goal percentage is 41% for the year while his free throw percentage is 86%.
Jordan Goodwin averages 15.7 points per game while playing 36.0 minutes per contest this year. He grabs 10.5 rebounds per game and has 3.0 assists per contest on the year. His field goal percentage is 47% and his free throw percentage is at 54%. Javonte Perkins averages 13.9 points per game this season and he sees the court an average of 26.3 minutes per contest. He also averages 3.2 rebounds per contest and 0.7 assists per game. His field goal percentage is 41% and his free throw percentage is 78%.
Useful Team Statistics
VCU averages 71.6 points per contest this season, which ranks them 158th in the NCAA. Their average scoring margin is 7.2 and their shooting percentage is 43% as a team, which has them ranked 215th. Behind the arc they shoot 35% which is good for 110th in the nation. They average 34.4 rebounds per game and 13.3 assists per game, which ranks them 232nd and 160th in those offensive categories. In the turnover department they rank 240th with 12.6 per game. The Rams allow 64.4 points per game to their opponents which ranks them 51st in the country. They also allow a 41% shooting percentage and a 33% average from behind the arc, ranking them 90th and 188th in those defensive categories. Opponents average 36.5 rebounds a game which ranks 260th and they give up 11.4 assists per contest, which puts them in 88th place in Division 1. They force 17.7 turnovers per game which ranks them 342nd in D-1.
Useful Team Statistics
Saint Louis is 172nd in the country with 71.3 points per game this year. They are 150th in Division 1 in shooting at 44%, while their average scoring margin is 4.9. They shoot 34% from 3-point range, which is good for 168th in the nation. They are 29th in the NCAA in rebounding with 39.5 boards per game, and 113th in assists per contest with 13.9. The Billikens are 235th in turnovers per game with 12.7. The Billikens surrender 66.4 points per contest, which ranks them 91st in D-1. Their defense allows a 41% shooting percentage and a 33% average from 3-point range, ranking them 74th and 183rd in those defensive statistics. They rank 74th with 11.3 assists allowed per contest and 117th with 33.8 rebounds surrendered per game. The Billikens are 220th in country in forcing turnovers with 14.0 per game.
The Rams have an offensive rating of 102.3, which is ranked 159th. They are 140th in college basketball in pace with 70 possessions per 40 minutes, and their eFG% of 49% is 204th. As a unit they are 193rd in the nation in true shooting percentage with 53% and they shoot 3-pointers on 37% of their shot attempts, ranking 184th in D-1. VCU is 242nd in turnovers, as they turn the ball over an average of 15.6 times per 100 possessions.
Saint Louis is 262nd in college basketball in turnovers, as they turn the ball over an average of 15.3 times per 100 possessions. The Billikens are 157th in the country in offensive rating with 102.4. In terms of pace they are 224th in Division 1 with 68.6 possessions per 40 minutes, and their effective field goal percentage of 49% is 231st. As a team they are 282nd in D-1 in true shooting percentage with 51% and they shoot 3-pointers on 28% of their shots, ranking 337th in the nation.
Who will win tonight's VCU/Saint Louis college basketball game against the spread?
Tony's Pick: Take Saint Louis +1.5
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