La Salle Explorers vs Saint Louis Billikens Prediction, 2/16/2021 College Basketball Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: La Salle Explorers vs Saint Louis Billikens
Date: Tuesday, February 16, 2021
Location: Chaifetz Arena in St. Louis, MO
Odds/Point Spread: La Salle (+14.5)
The Saint Louis Billikens (10-3) play the La Salle Explorers (8-12) at Chaifetz Arena on Tuesday. The odds on this game have Saint Louis as 14.5-point favorites. The over/under opens at 142.5.
La Salle will take the court with a mark of 8-12 so far this season. They lose possession via turnover 14.5 times per contest and as a unit they commit 17.7 fouls every game. As a unit, La Salle is collecting 32.3 boards per contest and has tallied 266 dimes so far this year, which ranks 107th in Division 1 in terms of passing the ball. The Explorers are shooting 36.3% on three-point attempts (163 of 449) and 68.2% from the free throw line. They have an average of 67.9 pts per contest (263rd in Division 1) while hitting 44.0% from the field. Defensively, the Explorers are forcing 14.3 turnovers per game and they draw 14.2 personal fouls. They rank 304th in college hoops in giving up assists to the opposition with 287 surrendered on the campaign. The Explorers defense is allowing a FG percentage of 45.1% (502 of 1,114) and they relinquish 35.2 rebounds per game as a basketball team. They are relinquishing 32.0% on shots from beyond the arc and they are ranked 228th in college hoops in opponents points per game (72.2).
The La Salle Explorers faced off with the St. Bonaventure Bonnies and ended up losing by a score of 86-73 in their last contest. La Salle walked away from the game having earned a 39.1% FG percentage (25 of 64) and made 12 of 31 shots from downtown. From the charity stripe, the Explorers buried 11 of their 17 attempts for a rate of 64.7%. Concerning pulling down rebounds, they collected a total of 24 with 11 of them being on the offensive end. They also distributed 14 assists in this matchup while earning 7 steals and 3 blocked shots. When it comes to defending, La Salle allowed the other team to go 39.1% from the floor on 25 out of 64 shooting. St. Bonaventure distributed 16 dimes and had 4 steals for this game. Furthurmore, the Bonnies pulled down 29 rebounds (5 offensive, 24 defensive) and got 3 rejections. St. Bonaventure finished the game shooting 84.0% at the charity stripe by making 21 of 25 shots. They also buried 9 out of their 14 tries from beyond the arc.
Sherif Kenney is a player who was important for the matchup. He accumulated 22 points on 5 of 7 shooting. He played 36 mins played and pulled down 2 boards. Kenney went 71.4% from the field and earned 2 assists. One more player that had an impact in this contest for the Explorers was Jhamir Brickus. He pulled down 2 boards and had 3 dimes. He finished the game shooting 83.3% from the floor for the contest by shooting 5-of-6 (13 points). When all was said and done, Brickus saw the court for 28 minutes.
Saint Louis has a mark of 10-3 for the year. When it comes to executing on offense, the Billikens are hitting on 47.7% from the field, which is ranked 45th in college basketball. Saint Louis has earned 1,022 pts so far this year (78.6 per contest) and they pull in 38.4 rebounds per game. They are dishing out assists 18.5 times per contest (6th in the country) and they turn it over 11.5 times per game. The Billikens are committing 17.8 fouls per game and they go 71.7% from the free throw line. The Billikens on defense are ranked 44th in college hoops in points per game surrendered with 64.1. They are able to force 15.0 turnovers on a nightly basis and allow teams to shoot 40.0% from the field (32nd in college basketball). The Saint Louis defense gives up 34.2% on 3-pointers (88 of 257) and opponents are connecting on 72.1% of their foul shots. They surrender 10.5 assists and 30.1 rebounds per game, which is 31st and 17th in those defensive categories.
The last time they took the court, the Saint Louis Billikens walked away with a victory by a final of 68-40 when they faced the Fordham Rams. The Billikens were able to collect 31 defensive boards and 18 offensive rebounds for a total of 49 in this contest. They rejected 2 attempts while getting 7 steals for this game. The Rams were called for 11 fouls in the matchup which got the Billikens to the free throw line for a total of 8 attempts. They were able to make 5 of the free throws for a clip of 62.5%. When it comes to 3-point shots, Saint Louis converted 9 out of 33 tries (27.3%). When the final whistle blew, the Billikens shot 27 out of 66 from the floor which had them at 40.9%. The Billikens permitted the Rams to bury 13 out of 47 tries from the floor which gave them a rate of 27.7% for this game. They went 16.7% from three-point range via 2 out of 12 and ended up going 12 out of 20 at the free throw line (60.0%). With respect to how they rebounded, Saint Louis permitted Fordham to pull down 26 in total (5 on the offensive side).
Javonte Perkins ended up having an impact for the Billikens in this contest. He made 8 out of 14 for the contest for a field goal rate of 57.1%, which gave him 19 points. Perkins collected 4 boards in his 24 mins and had 2 dimes in this game. An additional guy who was a determining factor for Saint Louis was Gibson Jimerson. He was able to score 14 points in his 34 minutes on the hardwood by way of 5 out of 12 shooting for this contest. Jimerson finished going 41.7% from the field in addition to earning 2 dimes and 7 total rebounds.
Who will win tonight's college basketball game against the spread?
Tony Sink's Pick: Take La Salle (+14.5)
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