Saint Louis Billikens vs Rhode Island Rams Prediction, 3/2/2022 College Basketball Picks, Best Bets & Odds
Game: Saint Louis Billikens vs Rhode Island Rams
Date: Wednesday, March 2, 2022
Location: Ryan Center in Kingston, RI
Ryan Center is the site where the Rhode Island Rams (14-13) will play the Saint Louis Billikens (19-10) on Wednesday.
The Saint Louis Billikens played Richmond and walked away from this one with a loss by a score of 68-66 in their last game. Saint Louis finished with a 47.3% FG percentage (26 out of 55) and buried 2 of their 13 3-point shots. From the free throw line, the Billikens made 12 of 15 attempts for a percentage of 80.0%. When talking about pulling down boards, they collected 30 with 11 of them being on the offensive end. They also recorded 9 assists for the matchup while creating 10 turnovers and earning 5 steals. In terms of defending, Saint Louis allowed the other team to shoot 48.9% from the floor on 23 out of 47 shooting. Richmond totaled 8 dimes and had 9 steals for this contest. Additionally, Richmond totaled 24 boards (5 offensive, 19 defensive), but wasn't able to put a block in the stat sheet. Richmond finished shooting 80.0% at the charity stripe by knocking down 16 of their 20 tries. They knocked down 6 of their 17 attempts from three-point range. In relation to fouls, the Billikens walked away with 14 and Richmond recorded 14 fouls.
Francis Okoro is a guy who was a contributor for this contest. He totaled 23 points on 8 of 11 shooting. He played 36 mins and pulled down 15 boards. He finished the contest at 72.7% from the floor but finished the game without an assist.
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Saint Louis comes into this one with a mark of 19-10 for the year. They lose possession by turning the ball over 12.9 times per contest and as a squad they commit 18.2 personal fouls every game. As a team, Saint Louis is pulling down 38.7 boards per contest and has 432 dimes for the season, which has them ranked 53rd in D-1 in terms of passing the ball. The Billikens are connecting on 36.8% on three-point attempts (196 of 533) and 76.9% from the charity stripe. They currently have an average of 77.7 pts per game (37th in D-1) while going 46.4% from the field.
When they are on the defensive end, the Billikens are forcing 13.2 turnovers every game and they draw 17.1 personal fouls. They are currently ranked 112th in the country in allowing assists to their opponents with 329 relinquished for the campaign. The Billikens defensively are allowing a shooting percentage of 41.9% (698 of 1,666) and they concede 32.0 boards per contest as a group. They are surrendering 32.0% on 3-point shots and they are ranked 143rd in college hoops in opponents PPG (67.8).
In their last game, the Rhode Island Rams took home the win by a final score of 70-54 when they faced Duquesne. The Rams recorded 24 defensive rebounds and 8 offensive rebounds totaling 32 in this game. They also turned it over 11 times, while getting 12 steals for this contest. Duquesne was called for 21 fouls in the matchup which got the Rams to the free throw line for a total of 22 tries. They were able to make 12 of the free throw attempts for a rate of 54.5%. When it comes to 3-point attempts, Rhode Island knocked down 4 of their 16 attempts (25.0%). When the final whistle was blown, the Rams finished shooting 27 out of 57 from the field which had them shooting 47.4%. The Rams allowed Duquesne to make 18 out of 55 tries from the field which had them shooting 32.7% in this game. They wrapped up this game 26.1% from beyond the perimeter by shooting 6 of 23 and ended up going 12 of 13 at the charity stripe (92.3%). In relation to rebounds, Rhode Island permitted Duquesne to get 32 overall (10 on the offensive side).
Ishmael El-Amin was important for the Rams in this contest. He buried 7 of 12 for this contest giving him a field goal percentage of 58.3%, and had 7 rebounds. He scored 21 points in his 28 minutes on the court, but left the arena with no assists.
Rhode Island has a record of 14-13 so far this year. When it comes to executing on offense, the Rams are shooting 46.1% from the floor, which has them ranked 74th in the country. Rhode Island has 1,809 points for the campaign (67.0 per contest) and they collect 35.9 rebounds per game. Their rate of assisting teammates is at 13.8 times per contest (131st in the country) and they are turning it over 14.3 times per game. The Rams commit 17.1 personal fouls every game and they connect on 63.5% from the charity stripe.
The Rhode Island defense allows 31.7% on shots from 3-point land (203 of 640) and their opponents are converting on 74.6% of their foul shots. They have allowed 12.6 assists and 34.1 boards every game, which is 180th and 150th in college hoops. The Rams defensively are ranked 33rd in Division 1 in points given up per game with 63.9. They are able to force 13.5 turnovers per game and have let teams shoot 38.3% from the field (10th in D-1).
Who will win tonight's NCAA basketball game against the spread?
Josh Schonwald's Pick: Take Rhode Island
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