Richmond Spiders vs Saint Louis Billikens Prediction, 2/26/2021 College Basketball Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Richmond Spiders vs Saint Louis Billikens
Date: Friday, February 26, 2021
Location: Chaifetz Arena in St. Louis, MO
Odds/Point Spread: Richmond (+5)
Chaifetz Arena is the site where and the Saint Louis Billikens (11-5) will take on the Richmond Spiders (13-5) on Friday. The spread on this matchup has Saint Louis as 5-point favorites. The total opens at 144.
Richmond will play this game with a mark of 13-5 this year. They turn it over 10.3 times per contest and as a team are committing 15.4 personal fouls per contest. As a unit, Richmond is pulling down 30.4 rebounds per contest and has 269 assists this season, which ranks 163rd in the country in terms of passing. The Spiders are hitting 35.4% on shots from distance (137 of 387) and 73.5% from the free throw line. They are averaging 76.2 pts per contest (70th in the nation) while shooting 48.2% from the floor. Defensively, the Spiders are forcing their opponents into 15.6 turnovers per contest while drawing 15.5 personal fouls. They are ranked 88th in D-1 in giving up assists with 211 surrendered on the year. The Spiders defensively are giving up an opponent FG percentage of 46.4% (467 of 1,006) and they relinquish 34.4 rebounds per game as a team. They are giving up 31.4% on 3-pointers while they are 136th in college basketball in points per game from their opponents (68.8).
The Richmond Spiders faced the UMass Minutemen and walked away with a win by a score of 79-65 in their last contest. Richmond finished the game with a 47.5% field goal percentage (28 of 59) and knocked down 7 of their 20 shots from beyond the arc. At the free throw line, the Spiders buried 16 of their 24 tries for a percentage of 66.7%. Pertaining to pulling down boards, they compiled 32 with 5 of them being of the offensive variety. They also recorded 17 dimes for the game while forcing the opposition into 11 turnovers and having 7 steals. When it comes to defense, Richmond allowed the other team to go 43.6% from the field on 24 out of 55 shooting. UMass doled out 11 assists and had 2 steals for the matchup. Furthurmore, UMass snagged 30 rebounds (5 offensive, 25 defensive) and earned 8 rejections. UMass finished 66.7% from the charity stripe by knocking down 10 of 15 shots. They knocked down 7 out of their 27 attempts from 3-point range.
Blake Francis is one player who was a contributor in the matchup. He accounted for 20 points on 7 out of 15 shooting. He was on the court for 37 mins played and also collected 5 rebounds. Francis ended up shooting 46.7% from the field and also recorded 1 assist. Someone else that had an impact in this game for the Spiders was Nathan Cayo. He collected 7 rebounds in his 33 minutes on the hardwood. He finished 57.1% from the floor for this game by hitting 8-of-14 (18 points). At the conclusion of this game, Cayo tallied 3 assists.
Saint Louis has a mark of 11-5 this year. As an offensive team, the Billikens are connecting on 46.2% from the floor, which ranks 78th in the country. Saint Louis has tallied 1,218 points for the campaign (76.1 per game) and they average 39.1 rebounds per contest. Their rate of dishing out assists is at 17.8 times per contest (8th in college basketball) and they are turning it over 11.9 times per game. The Billikens have committed 17.6 fouls per contest and they connect on 69.9% from the free throw line. The Billikens on defense are ranked 46th in college basketball in points per game surrendered with 64.6. They give up 10.9 dimes and 30.5 boards every game, ranking them 46th and 20th in Division 1. The Saint Louis defense gives up 33.0% on 3-pointers (108 of 327) and their opposition makes 71.7% of their shots from the free throw line. They are forcing their opponents into 14.1 turnovers on a nightly basis and allow teams to shoot 40.8% from the floor (55th in college hoops).
When they last stepped on the court, the Saint Louis Billikens took a defeat with a final score of 67-65 when they played the VCU Rams. The Billikens were able to pull down 28 defensive boards and 12 offensive rebounds for a total of 40 for the game. They turned the ball over 15 times, while getting 2 steals for the contest. The Rams were called for 17 personal fouls for this game which got the Billikens to the free throw line for 18 tries. They were able to knock down 11 of the free throw tries for a clip of 61.1%. In the matter of shooting from downtown, Saint Louis knocked down 6 of their 20 attempts (30.0%). At the conclusion of this game, the Billikens ended up going 24 out of 57 from the field which gave them a percentage of 42.1%. The Billikens allowed the Rams to convert 24 of their 55 tries from the floor which had them at 43.6% in this game. They went 35.0% from downtown by connecting on 7 out of 20 and ended up shooting 12 out of 17 from the free throw line (70.6%). In relation to how they attacked the glass, Saint Louis allowed VCU to grab 25 in total (4 on the offensive glass).
Hasahn French was important for the Billikens in the game. He knocked down 9 out of 15 in this game for a field goal rate of 60.0%, and had 8 rebounds. French scored 21 points in his 28 mins of playing time and had 1 assist for this game. One more player who came through for Saint Louis was Javonte Perkins. He left the arena with 1 assist in 39 mins on the hardwood, and he knocked down 6 of 15 from the floor. Perkins ended the game having shot 40.0% from the floor while also notching 16 points and 7 rebounds.
So what is Tonights Parlay prediction?
Parlay's Pundit's Pick: Take Saint Louis (-5) and over 144 points
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