Saint Louis Billikens vs VCU Rams Prediction, 2/28/2023 College Basketball Picks, Best Bets & Odds
Game: Saint Louis Billikens vs VCU Rams
Date: Tuesday, February 28, 2023
Location: Stuart C. Siegel Center in Richmond, VA
Stuart C. Siegel Center is the site where the VCU Rams (22-7) will take on the Saint Louis Billikens (19-10) on Tuesday.
The Saint Louis Billikens faced off with Loyola and earned the victory with a final of 81-62 in their last contest. Saint Louis finished with a 49.2% field goal percentage (30 out of 61) and buried 8 of 21 three-point attempts. From the free throw line, the Billikens knocked down 13 of their 17 attempts for a percentage of 76.5%. When talking about hauling in boards, they compiled 35 with 9 of them being offensive. They also recorded 19 assists for the matchup while forcing 12 turnovers and getting 10 steals. When it comes to defense, Saint Louis allowed their opponent to shoot 43.4% from the floor on 23 out of 53 shooting. Loyola doled out 16 assists and had 3 steals for the matchup. On top of that, Loyola snagged 24 rebounds (2 offensive, 22 defensive), but didn't record a block for the team. Loyola ended up shooting 71.4% at the free throw line by making 10 of their 14 attempts. They made 6 out of their 22 tries from distance. In reference to personal fouls, the Billikens walked away with 13 and Loyola recorded 17 personal fouls.
Gibson Jimerson is one guy who had an impact in the game. He walked away from this one shooting 43.8% from the floor and also dished out 4 assists. He saw the court for 33 minutes and also collected 6 rebounds. He accounted for 21 points on 7 of 16 shooting.
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Saint Louis will enter this matchup with a record of 19-10 on the campaign. They lose possession by turning the ball over 12.0 times per contest and as a team are committing 16.9 fouls every game. As a team, Saint Louis is pulling in 38.4 boards per contest and has totaled 476 dimes on the season, which is 23rd in the country in terms of passing the rock. The Billikens are shooting 35.4% on 3-pointers (202 of 571) and 73.4% from the charity stripe. They currently have an average of 75.9 points per contest (85th in the country) while connecting on 46.7% from the field.
On defense, the Billikens are able to force 10.7 turnovers per contest and they draw 17.3 fouls. They surrender 34.0% on shots from distance while they are 218th in D-1 in PPG allowed (71.2). The Billikens defensively are giving up an opponent shooting percentage of 41.0% (713 of 1,739) and they relinquish 33.5 boards per contest as a group. They rank 171st in college hoops in allowing assists to their opponents with 370 surrendered so far this year.
When they last stepped on the court, the VCU Rams went home victorious with a score of 73-58 when they faced Richmond. The Rams were able to pull down 24 defensive rebounds and 10 offensive boards totaling 34 in the matchup. They also turned it over 6 times, while earning 7 steals in this contest. Richmond was called for 18 fouls in the game which took the Rams to the free throw line for a total of 16 attempts. They were able to convert 11 of the free throws for a percentage of 68.8%. Pertaining to three-point attempts, VCU made 6 out of their 19 attempts (31.6%). Overall, the Rams finished 28 out of 62 from the floor which gave them a percentage of 45.2%. The Rams permitted Richmond to bury 22 out of 51 tries from the floor which had them shooting 43.1% for this contest. They finished 18.2% from 3-point land by shooting 4 out of 22 and ended up going 10 of 17 from the free throw line (58.8%). When talking about team rebounding, VCU permitted Richmond to grab 25 overall (5 on the offensive side).
Ace Baldwin ended up being a factor for the Rams for the matchup. He had 18 points in his 37 mins of playing time and had 8 assists in this matchup. He converted 6 out of 14 in the matchup giving him a field goal percentage of 42.9%, and had 5 rebounds.
VCU has a win-loss record of 22-7 on the year. The Rams have committed 16.0 personal fouls every game and they connect on 70.4% from the charity stripe. They are dishing out assists 12.6 times per contest (222nd in college basketball) and they turn it over 13.9 times per game. VCU has tallied 2,047 pts on the season (70.6 per contest) and they average 33.1 rebounds per contest. As an offense, the Rams are hitting on 45.8% from the field, which ranks them 110th in D-1.
The VCU defense gives up 32.4% on shots from behind the 3-point line (177 of 546) and their opponents are converting on 70.1% of their free throw shots. They have given up 11.4 assists and 32.9 total boards per game, which is ranked 88th and 110th in those categories. The Rams on defense are ranked 24th in college basketball in PPG given up with 62.7. They have forced 17.0 turnovers per game and have allowed teams to shoot 41.6% from the floor (65th in college basketball).
Who will win tonight's NCAA basketball game against the spread?
Josh Schonwald's Pick: Take Saint Louis
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