Saint Louis Billikens vs Dayton Flyers Prediction, 2/19/2021 College Basketball Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Saint Louis Billikens vs Dayton Flyers
Date: Friday, February 19, 2021
Location: UD Arena in Dayton, OH
Odds/Point Spread: Saint Louis (-4.5)
The Dayton Flyers (11-7) host the Saint Louis Billikens (11-3) at UD Arena on Friday. Saint Louis opens this game as 4.5-point favorites. The O/U opens at 137.
Saint Louis heads into this contest with a win-loss record of 11-3 on the year. The Billikens are shooting 35.7% on 3-point shots (97 of 272) and 70.9% from the free throw line. They have an average of 78.6 points per game (47th in D-1) while shooting 48.1% from the field. They turn it over 11.5 times per contest and as a squad are committing 17.3 personal fouls on a nightly basis. As a unit, Saint Louis is pulling down 38.4 rebounds per contest and has 261 assists on the campaign, which ranks 127th in college basketball in terms of passing. On the defensive end, the Billikens are forcing 14.8 turnovers per game while drawing 17.0 personal fouls. They are currently ranked 23rd in college basketball in giving up assists with 142 conceded on the campaign. The Billikens defense is allowing an opponent shooting percentage of 40.0% (298 of 745) and they surrender 30.1 boards per contest as a group. They are surrendering 32.6% on shots from beyond the arc and they rank 38th in Division 1 in PPG allowed (63.6).
The Saint Louis Billikens faced the La Salle Explorers and notched a win by a score of 78-57 in their last contest. Saint Louis wrapped up the contest having earned a 52.5% FG percentage (31 of 59) and made 6 of 19 3-point attempts. At the charity stripe, the Billikens converted 10 of their 17 tries for a percentage of 58.8%. Concerning grabbing boards, they compiled a total of 34 with 12 of them being on the offensive end. They also doled out 20 assists for the contest as well as getting 6 steals and 2 blocks. When discussing the defense, Saint Louis let their opponent shoot 52.5% from the floor on 31 of 59 shooting. La Salle earned 5 assists and had 7 steals in this matchup. In addition, the Explorers had 29 rebounds (14 offensive, 15 defensive) and added 2 blocks. La Salle finished 33.3% at the free throw line by making 2 of 6 shots. They converted 5 of 28 shots from 3-point range.
Javonte Perkins is a player who was a contributor for the matchup. He recorded 19 points on 8 of 10 shooting. He played for 22 mins and also pulled down 2 rebounds. Perkins ended up shooting 80.0% from the floor and earned 2 dimes. An additional guy that played a role in this matchup for the Billikens was Jordan Goodwin. He collected 15 boards and also earned 8 dimes. He finished the contest at 46.2% from the field for this contest by hitting 6-of-13 (16 points). Overall, Goodwin saw the court for 37 min.
Dayton has a win-loss mark of 11-7 on the season. The Flyers commit 15.2 fouls per game while shooting 72.1% from the free throw line. They are dishing out assists 13.8 times per game (138th in Division 1) and they lose possession by turning the ball over 14.4 times per contest. Dayton has earned 1,247 pts so far this year (69.3 per contest) and they pull in 32.8 rebounds per game. As an offense, the Flyers are hitting on 47.6% from the field, which is 46th in the nation. The Flyers on the defensive end are ranked 93rd in the nation in PPG allowed with 67.2. They are forcing 11.9 turnovers per game and allow teams to shoot 42.7% from the field (156th in the nation). The Dayton defense allows 31.1% on three-point shots (118 of 380) and opponents are connecting on 63.0% of their free throw shots. They have surrendered 12.4 assists and 32.8 boards on a nightly basis, which ranks them 131st and 82nd in Division 1.
When they last stepped on the court, the Dayton Flyers went home defeated by a final of 91-89 when they faced the Rhode Island Rams. The Flyers pulled down 33 defensive boards and 8 offensive boards totaling 41 in the matchup. They stuffed 2 attempts while recording 3 steals for the game. The Rams were called for 23 personal fouls for this game which took the Flyers to the charity stripe for a total of 37 attempts. They were able to knock down 24 of the free throw tries for a percentage of 64.9%. In terms of shooting from distance, Dayton buried 5 of their 26 attempts (19.2%). When the game finished, the Flyers went 30 for 67 from the field which gave them a percentage of 44.8%. The Flyers allowed the Rams to bury 30 out of 76 tries from the floor which left them with a rate of 39.5% in this game. They went 26.9% from distance by shooting 7 out of 26 and ended up going 24 of 38 at the free throw line (63.2%). In reference to how they rebounded, Dayton allowed Rhode Island to collect 48 overall (15 offensive).
Jalen Crutcher was important for the Flyers for this contest. He knocked down 7 out of 18 in the matchup giving him a rate of 38.9%, which earned him 22 points. Crutcher collected 5 boards in his 41 minutes played and added 5 assists in this game. One more player that was pivotal for Dayton was Ibi Watson. He was able to score 16 points in his 48 minutes on the court via 6 of 14 shooting in the game. Watson ended the game having shot 42.9% from the floor as well as contributing 2 dimes and 6 rebounds.
Who will win tonight's college basketball game against the spread?
Tony Sink's Pick: Take Saint Louis (-4.5)
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