Saint Louis Billikens vs. Saint Joseph's Hawks - 2/3/15 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Saint Joseph's Hawks (9-11) at Saint Louis Billikens (9-12)
College Basketball: Tuesday, February 3, 2015 at 7:30 pm (Chaifetz Arena)
The Line: Saint Louis Billikens +1 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
TV: CBS Sports Network
The Saint Joseph’s Hawks will travel to Chaifetz Arena to take on the Saint Louis Billikens this Tuesday night in College Basketball action.
The Saint Joseph’s Hawks improved to 9-11 (3-5 A-10) on the season after defeating the Davidson Wildcats 75-70 this past Saturday. Saint Joseph’s shot 42.9% (9-21) from beyond the arc and outrebounded Davidson by a 46-33 margin in the victory. Leading the way for the Hawks was DeAndre Bembry who had a double-double with 21 points, 17 rebounds, and 7 assists. Saint Joseph’s is ranked 156th in the RPI Standings and has played the 105th ranked SOS. On the season, the Hawks have been led by DeAndre Bembry (17.8 ppg, 7.1 rpg, 3.1 apg, 2.1 spg) and Isaiah Miles (10.6 ppg, 5.1 rpg).Offensively, Saint Joseph’s is averaging 61.9 ppg (ranked 297th) on 40.7% shooting (ranked 284th). The Hawks average 13.0 apg (ranked 157th) and have a 1.05 assist/turnover ratio (ranked 133rd). Defensively, Saint Joseph’s is holding their opponents to an average of 64.2 ppg (ranked 128th) on 43.0% shooting (ranked 189th). The Hawks average 4.8 bpg (ranked 44th) and pull down 35.7 total rpg (ranked 126th).
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The Saint Louis Billikens lost their 4th straight game and dropped to 9-12 (1-7 A-10) on the season after being defeated by the UMass Minutemen 60-56 this past Saturday. Saint Louis shot 40.4% from the field and 58.3% (7-12) from beyond the arc in the loss. Leading the way for the Billikens was Mike Crawford who had 15 points. Saint Louis is ranked 220th in the RPI Standings and has played the 124th ranked SOS. On the season, the Billikens have been led by Milik Yarbrough (10.6 ppg, 5.2 rpg, 1.6 apg) and Achraf Yacoubou (9.5 ppg, 5.0 rpg). Offensively, Saint Louis is averaging 60.7 ppg (ranked 316th) on 42.1% shooting (ranked 245th). The Billikens average 5.4 three-pointers per game (ranked 256th) on 33.9% three point shooting (ranked 180th). Defensively, Saint Louis is holding their opponents to an average of 64.7 ppg (ranked 142nd) on 45.1% shooting (ranked 284th). The Billikens are grabbing 30.14 total rpg (ranked 326th) and have a rebound margin of -3.9 (ranked 313th).
The Hawks are 8-2-1 ATS in their last 11 games vs. the A-10 however, just 2-6 ATS in their last 8 games following a S.U. win. The Billikens are 7-18-1 ATS in their last 26 home games and just 6-20-1 ATS in their last 27 games overall.
Saint Louis is currently in a rebuilding year and is really struggling on the offensive end. Saint Joseph’s picked up a big win against a very good Davidson team although have struggled a bit away from home. Saint Joseph’s is an above average defensive team and I just can’t trust the Saint Louis offensive enough to back them in the spot. I think DeAndre Bembry has another big game and that Saint Joseph’s comes out of Chaifetz Arena with a victory. Take Saint Joseph’s to cover this small spread.