Saint Louis Billikens vs. Massachusetts Minutemen - 1/31/15 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Massachusetts Minutemen (11-9) at Saint Louis Billikens (9-11)
College Basketball: Saturday, January 31, 2015 at 4:00 pm (Chaifetz Arena)
The Line: Saint Louis Billikens +3 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
TV: CBS Sports Network
The UMass Minutemen will travel to Chaifetz Arena to take on the Saint Louis Billikens this Saturday afternoon in College Basketball action.
The UMass Minutemen improved to 11-9 (4-3 A-10) on the season after defeating the Dayton Friars 66-64 this past Thursday. UMass shot 45.8% from the field and held Dayton to just 31.8% (7-22) three-point shooting from beyond the arc in the victory. Leading the way for the Minutemen was Cade Lalanne who had 18 points and 7 rebounds. UMass is currently ranked 50th in the RPI Standings and has played the 191st ranked SOS. On the season, the Minutemen have been led by Maxie Esho (12.6 ppg, 6.7 rpg) and Cady Lalanne (12.3 ppg, 9.2 rpg, 2.1 bpg). Offensively, UMass is averaging 70.6 ppg (ranked 103rd) on 44.0% shooting (ranked 145th). The Minutemen average just 4.3 three-pointers per game (ranked 330th) on 29.5% three-point shooting (ranked 314th). Defensively, UMass is allowing their opponents to average 71.0 ppg (ranked 287th) on 43.7% shooting (ranked 229th). The Minutemen average 4.4 bpg (ranked 75th) and pull down 36.42 total rpg (ranked 92nd).
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The Saint Louis Billikens lost their 3rd straight game and dropped to 9-11 (1-6 A-10) on the season after being defeated by the George Mason Patriots, 68-60, this past Thursday. Saint Louis shot only 25.0% (4-16) from beyond the arc and was outrebounded by a 32-25 margin in the loss. Leading the way for the Billikens was Milik Yarbrough who had 14 points, 7 rebounds, and 2 assists. Saint Louis is ranked 202nd in the RPI Standings and has played the 124th ranked SOS. On the season, the Billikens have been led by Milik Yarbrough (10.7 ppg, 5.1 rpg, 1.6 apg) and Achraf Yacoubou (9.7 ppg, 5.1 rpg, 1.4 apg).Offensively, Saint Louis is averaging 61.0 ppg (ranked 313th) on 42.2% shooting (ranked 242nd). The Billikens average 12.7 apg (ranked 171st) and commit 13.4 turnovers per game (ranked 218th). Defensively, Saint Louis is holding their opponents to an average of 64.8 ppg (ranked 146th) on 45.4% shooting (ranked 298th).
The Minutemen are 13-6 ATS in their last 19 games overall and 2-5 ATS in their last 7 games following a ATS win. The Billikens are 4-12 ATS in their last 16 vs. Atlantic 10 and just 6-19-1 ATS in their last 26 games.
UMass is a long, athletic team that like to run the floor and score their points in transition. UMass struggled a bit early in the season, but have been impressive over the last few weeks picking up some quality wins. Saint Louis is currently in rebuilding mode, and although you can always count on a solid defensive effort from the Billikens, they really struggle on the offensive side of the ball. Playing in St. Louis is always difficult, however, I think UMass wins this one and covers the spread. Take UMass to cover.