Saint Louis Billikens vs La Salle Explorers Prediction, 2/3/2021 College Basketball Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Saint Louis Billikens vs La Salle Explorers
Date: Wednesday, February 3, 2021
Location: Tom Gola Arena in Philadelphia, PA
Odds/Point Spread: Saint Louis (-10)
The Saint Louis Billikens (7-2) head to Tom Gola Arena on Wednesday where they'll meet the La Salle Explorers (7-10). Saint Louis opens this game as 10-point favorites. The total is set at 140.5.
Saint Louis will play this contest with a record of 7-2 this season. They are averaging 82.4 points per contest (19th in Division 1) while shooting 51.1% from the floor. The Billikens are hitting 39.5% from downtown (60 of 152) and 71.8% from the free throw line. As a unit, Saint Louis is pulling in 37.0 rebounds per game and has racked up 176 assists on the year, which is 230th in the country in terms of passing the rock. They cough up possession 12.4 times per contest and as a unit are committing 18.7 personal fouls every game. On the defensive end, the Billikens are forcing their opponents into 16.4 turnovers per contest and they draw 17.4 fouls. They are giving up 34.6% on 3-pointers and they rank 78th in college basketball in PPG allowed (65.8). The Billikens defense is allowing a shooting percentage of 41.5% (194 of 468) and they concede 28.1 rebounds per game as a unit. They are 22nd in the nation in allowing assists to the opposition with 97 relinquished for the year.
The Saint Louis Billikens stepped onto the hardwood against the Dayton Flyers and took a loss by a score of 76-71 in their last contest. Saint Louis finished the game with a 51.8% FG percentage (29 of 56) and made 3 out of their 13 shots from beyond the arc. When they shot from the free throw line, the Billikens made 10 of 17 tries for a rate of 58.8%. With regard to pulling down boards, they earned 29 with 1 of them being offensive. They also doled out 20 assists in this game while having 5 steals and 6 blocks. Pertaining to defense, Saint Louis allowed their opponent to shoot 51.8% from the field on 29 of 56 shooting. Dayton distributed 12 assists and had 3 steals in this contest. On top of that, the Flyers totaled 32 rebounds (4 offensive, 28 defensive) and had 6 rejections. Dayton finished the contest at 72.0% at the free throw line by making 18 of their 25 attempts. They knocked down 12 out of their 27 attempts from three-point range.
Javonte Perkins is someone who was a factor for the contest. He walked away with 20 points on 8 of 18 shooting. He played 32 mins and snagged 4 rebounds. Perkins finished the game at 44.4% from the floor and distributed 3 dimes. One more player that was a major contributor in the matchup for the Billikens was Hasahn French. He snagged 4 rebounds and totaled 2 dimes. He finished the game shooting 75.0% from the field for the matchup by hitting 6-of-8 (16 points). Overall, French played 31 minutes.
La Salle has a win-loss record of 7-10 this year. La Salle has accounted for 1,135 points on the campaign (66.8 per game) and they pull in 32.5 boards per contest. The Explorers are committing 17.6 fouls per contest while shooting 67.7% from the charity stripe. When it comes to offensive execution, the Explorers are shooting 43.9% from the floor, which has them ranked 200th in D-1. Their rate of earning assists is at 12.9 times per game (196th in college hoops) and they lose possession via turnover 14.9 times per contest. The Explorers on the defensive end are ranked 208th in college basketball in points allowed per contest with 70.9. The La Salle defense concedes 30.5% on 3-point attempts (112 of 367) and opponents are knocking down 75.2% of their shots from the charity stripe. They surrender 14.1 dimes and 35.8 total rebounds per game, which is 267th and 215th in college basketball. They are able to force 14.4 TO's every game and have allowed teams to shoot 44.5% from the field (232nd in college basketball).
The last time they took the court, the La Salle Explorers went home defeated by a final of 73-62 against the VCU Rams. The Explorers snagged 17 defensive boards and 9 offensive boards totaling 26 for this game. They also blocked 2 tries while earning 8 steals in this game. The Rams had 17 fouls in this contest which got the Explorers to the charity stripe for 17 attempts. They were able to convert 12 of the free throw attempts for a percentage of 70.6%. When it comes to shooting from 3-point land, La Salle converted 6 of 22 attempts (27.3%). When the game finished, the Explorers ended up shooting 22 for 52 from the floor which gave them a rate of 42.3%. The Explorers allowed the Rams to convert 24 of their 53 tries from the floor which left them with a shooting percentage of 45.3% for this contest. They shot 26.7% from distance by shooting 4 of 15 and finished the game at 21 out of 26 at the charity stripe (80.8%). In reference to attacking the glass, La Salle permitted VCU to snag 35 overall (12 offensive).
Sherif Kenney ended up being a major contributor for the Explorers for the game. He converted 7 of 15 in this contest for a rate of 46.7%, which had him finishing with 20 points. Kenney collected 5 boards in his 33 minutes played and totaled 4 assists for the contest. One more player that played a role for La Salle was Jhamir Brickus. He finished with 12 points in his 35 minutes on the court by way of 4 of 10 from the floor for the contest. Brickus ended the game having shot 40.0% from the floor in addition to earning 2 assists and 2 boards.
Who will win tonight's college basketball game against the spread?
Josh Schonwald's Pick: Take Saint Louis (-10)
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