Saint Louis Billikens vs VCU Rams Prediction, 2/23/2021 College Basketball Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Saint Louis Billikens vs VCU Rams
Date: Tuesday, February 23, 2021
Location: Stuart C. Siegel Center in Richmond, VA
Odds/Point Spread: Saint Louis (+2)
The VCU Rams (16-5) host the Saint Louis Billikens (11-4) at Stuart C. Siegel Center on Tuesday. VCU opens this matchup as 2-point favorites. The total opens at 137.
Saint Louis comes into this one with a mark of 11-4 for the campaign. They are turning it over 11.7 times per game and as a team are committing 17.4 personal fouls on a nightly basis. As a unit, Saint Louis is pulling down 38.8 boards per game and has tallied 274 dimes for the season, which is 132nd in the country in terms of passing the ball. The Billikens are connecting on 34.3% on shots from 3-point land (104 of 303) and 70.4% from the free throw line. They currently have an average of 76.9 points per game (65th in the country) while going 46.5% from the field. On the defensive end, the Billikens are able to force 14.6 turnovers per contest while drawing 16.8 personal fouls. The Billikens defense is giving up a field goal percentage of 40.6% (323 of 795) and they concede 30.7 boards per contest as a unit. They rank 24th in the country in allowing assists with 159 surrendered so far this season. They are conceding 32.9% on 3-point shots and they are 43rd in D-1 in PPG from their opponents (64.4).
The Saint Louis Billikens stepped onto the hardwood against the Dayton Flyers and walked away from this one with a loss by a score of 76-53 in their last contest. Saint Louis walked away from the contest with a 27.1% FG percentage (19 out of 70) and buried 7 out of their 31 3-point attempts. From the charity stripe, the Billikens converted 8 of 13 tries for a rate of 61.5%. With regard to pulling down rebounds, they collected 43 with 21 of them being of the offensive sort. They also doled out 13 assists for the contest in addition to having 5 steals and 2 rejections. Pertaining to defense, Saint Louis allowed their opponent to shoot 27.1% from the field on 19 of 70 shooting. Dayton earned 17 assists and had 9 steals in this contest. On top of that, the Flyers collected 37 rebounds (4 offensive, 33 defensive) and added 2 blocks. Dayton went 78.3% from the free throw line by burying 18 of their 23 attempts. They converted 8 of 22 shots from distance.
Javonte Perkins is one player who came through in this game. He ended up finishing with 7 points on 2 of 14 shooting. He was on the court for 33 minutes played and grabbed 7 rebounds. Perkins ended up going 14.3% from the floor and earned 3 assists. An additional guy that was a major factor in this contest for the Billikens was Jordan Goodwin. He had 8 boards and also accounted for 2 dimes. He finished 18.8% from the floor for the contest by shooting 3-of-16 (7 points). When the game finished, Goodwin played for 27 min.
VCU has a mark of 16-5 for the season. When it comes to offense, the Rams are shooting 45.3% from the field, which has them ranked 120th in the nation. VCU has accounted for 1,538 pts for the campaign (73.2 per contest) and they collect 34.7 rebounds per game. They are dishing out assists 13.8 times per contest (138th in the country) and they are turning it over 15.2 times per game. The Rams commit 18.8 fouls per contest and they connect on 76.6% from the charity stripe. The Rams are ranked 54th in college hoops in PPG allowed with 65.2. They have forced 17.5 turnovers per game and have allowed teams to shoot 40.6% from the field (44th in D-1). The VCU defense surrenders 29.4% on shots from beyond the perimeter (116 of 395) and their opponents are converting on 69.6% of their foul shots. They have surrendered 11.6 dimes and 34.5 boards every game, which is 77th and 155th in college hoops.
For their last game, the VCU Rams went home defeated by a final of 79-76 against the George Mason Patriots. The Rams were able to collect 20 defensive boards and 3 offensive boards totaling 23 in the matchup. They also blocked 5 tries while getting 13 steals in this contest. The Patriots were called for 18 fouls in this matchup which got the Rams to the charity stripe for a total of 21 tries. They were able to bury 19 of the free throw attempts for a rate of 90.5%. In regard to shooting from downtown, VCU converted 5 of their 17 attempts (29.4%). Overall, the Rams finished 26 for 57 from the field which had them at 45.6%. The Rams allowed the Patriots to convert 29 of their 64 tries from the floor which left them with a rate of 45.3% for the game. They shot 17.6% from distance by shooting 3 out of 17 and finished the contest at 18 out of 25 at the charity stripe (72.0%). In relation to rebounding, VCU allowed George Mason to snag 36 in total (11 on the offensive glass).
Nah'Shon Hyland was important for the Rams for the game. He knocked down 6 out of 12 for this contest giving him a field goal percentage of 50.0%, which gave him 17 points. Hyland totaled 4 rebounds in his 34 minutes and totaled 2 dimes in this matchup. An additional guy who came through for VCU was Vince Williams. He ended up with 15 points in his 39 minutes on the court by way of 4 of 9 from the floor in this game. Williams wrapped this one up going 44.4% from the field in addition to collecting 5 assists and 7 rebounds.
So what is Tonights Parlay prediction?
Parlay's Pundit's Pick: Take VCU (-2) and over 137 points
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