Rhode Island Rams vs Saint Louis Billikens Prediction, 2/10/2021 College Basketball Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Rhode Island Rams vs Saint Louis Billikens
Date: Wednesday, February 10, 2021
Location: Chaifetz Arena in St. Louis, MO
Odds/Point Spread: Rhode Island (+7.5)
The Saint Louis Billikens (8-3) play the Rhode Island Rams (9-11) at Chaifetz Arena on Wednesday. The odds on this game have Saint Louis as 7.5-point favorites. The over/under opens at 137.5.
Rhode Island heads into this matchup with a mark of 9-11 for the campaign. They lose possession by turning the ball over 15.2 times per contest and as a basketball team are committing 17.7 personal fouls on a nightly basis. As a unit, Rhode Island is grabbing 38.5 boards per contest and has accounted for 237 dimes so far this season, which is 121st in Division 1 in terms of passing the ball. The Rams are connecting on 31.5% on 3-point shots (110 of 349) and 67.9% from the charity stripe. They are averaging 70.9 pts per contest (200th in the nation) while hitting 44.9% from the field. When they are on defense, the Rams are forcing their opponents into 13.0 turnovers per game while drawing 19.1 personal fouls. They are currently ranked 287th in the nation in allowing assists with 255 surrendered this year. The Rams are giving up a FG percentage of 40.3% (482 of 1,197) and they relinquish 34.3 rebounds per game as a team. They give up 31.8% on shots from downtown while they are 141st in college hoops in points per game allowed (68.7).
The Rhode Island Rams faced off with the UMass Minutemen and went home with a loss by a final score of 75-63 in their last contest. Rhode Island ended the contest with a 40.9% field goal percentage (27 of 66) and knocked down 0 of their 10 three-point attempts. At the free throw line, the Rams made 9 of 14 attempts for a percentage of 64.3%. When discussing rebounding, they compiled a total of 39 with 12 of them being of the offensive variety. They also doled out 16 assists for the contest while earning 9 steals and 7 blocked shots. When it comes to the defense, Rhode Island allowed the other team to shoot 40.9% from the field on 27 of 66 shooting. UMass doled out 18 assists and had 7 steals in the matchup. Moreover, the Minutemen collected 34 rebounds (9 offensive, 25 defensive) and added 7 blocked shots. UMass finished shooting 80.0% when shooting free throws by converting 4 of their 5 attempts. They also converted 9 out of their 24 shots from beyond the arc.
Antwan Walker is one player who was a major factor for the contest. He ended up scoring 26 points on 12 of 17 shooting. He was on the hardwood for 24 minutes and also pulled down 14 boards. Walker ended up shooting 70.6% from the field and dished out 2 assists. An additional guy that was a major contributor in this game for the Rams was Makhel Mitchell. He totaled 2 rebounds and also earned 2 assists. He finished the game at 38.5% from the floor for the game by shooting 5-of-13 (13 points). When the final whistle blew, Mitchell played 31 minutes.
Saint Louis has a mark of 8-3 this season. Saint Louis has scored 887 pts this season (80.6 per contest) and they collect 36.7 rebounds per game. The Billikens have committed 18.4 personal fouls every game while shooting 72.2% from the free throw line. When it comes to executing on offense, the Billikens are connecting on 49.5% from the field, which has them ranked 29th in Division 1. They are getting an assist 18.8 times per game (4th in Division 1) and they turn it over 12.5 times per game. The Billikens are ranked 86th in Division 1 in points per game surrendered with 66.6. The Saint Louis defense gives up 35.0% on shots from distance (77 of 220) and their opponents are knocking down 73.4% of their shots from the free throw line. They have conceded 11.3 dimes and 29.1 boards per game, which ranks 64th and 8th in the nation. They are able to force 15.8 TO's per game and have let teams shoot 41.7% from the field (108th in D-1).
For their last game, the Saint Louis Billikens walked away with a victory by a final of 70-59 against the St. Bonaventure Bonnies. The Billikens were able to collect 24 defensive boards and 8 offensive boards for a total of 32 in this game. They also turned away 3 shots while getting 8 steals in the game. The Bonnies earned 18 fouls for the game which took the Billikens to the charity stripe for 18 tries. They were able to knock down 13 of the free throws for a percentage of 72.2%. Concerning 3-pointers, Saint Louis made 11 of 27 attempts (40.7%). When the game finished, the Billikens finished shooting 23 for 53 from the floor which gave them a rate of 43.4%. The Billikens allowed the Bonnies to convert 20 of their 55 attempts from the field which gave them a percentage of 36.4% in this matchup. They wrapped up this game 31.6% from three-point range by connecting on 6 out of 19 and walked away from this one shooting 13 of 15 at the free throw line (86.7%). In the matter of how they rebounded, Saint Louis permitted St. Bonaventure to collect 30 in total (7 on the offensive glass).
Javonte Perkins was important for the Billikens for this game. He made 6 out of 15 for the contest for a field goal percentage of 40.0%, which earned him 21 points. Perkins snagged 6 rebounds in his 36 mins and earned 4 dimes for this game. An additional guy that ended being a contributor for Saint Louis was Jordan Goodwin. He ended up walking away with 9 points in 32 minutes played via 4 of 8 shooting for the contest. Goodwin ended up shooting 50.0% from the floor while also contributing 2 dimes and 6 rebounds.
Who will win tonight's college basketball game against the spread?
Josh Schonwald's Pick: Take Rhode Island (+7.5)
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