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Richmond Spiders vs. Saint Louis Billikens - 3/7/15 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Saint Louis Billikens (11-19) at Richmond Spiders (18-12)

College Basketball: Saturday, March 7, 2015 at 8:00 pm (Robins Center)

The Line: Richmond Spiders -14.5 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds

TV: A10 Network

The Saint Louis Billikens will travel to the Robins Center to take on the Richmond Spiders this Saturday night in College Basketball action.

The Saint Louis Billikens dropped to 11-19 (3-14 A-10) on the season after being defeated by the St. Bonaventure Bonnies, 64-48, this past Wednesday. Saint Louis shot 33.3% from the field and 18.8% (3-16) from beyond the arc in the loss. Leading the way for the Billikens was Achraf Yacoubou who had 11 points, 5 rebounds, and 2 assists. Saint Louis is ranked 256th in the RPI Standings and has played the 118th ranked SOS. On the season, the Billikens have been led by Milik Yarbrough (10.4 ppg, 5.0 rpg, 1.5 apg) and Achraf Yacoubou (9.2 ppg, 4.7 rpg, 1.4 apg). Saint Louis is averaging 60.2 ppg (ranked 321st) on 41.8% shooting (ranked 265th). The Billikens average 5.3 three-pointers per game (ranked 273rd) and 12.3 Apg (ranked 203rd). Saint Louis is holding their opponents to an average of 66.5 ppg (ranked 171st) on 45.3% shooting (ranked 294th). The Billikens average 5.3 spg (ranked 282nd) and pull down 30.2 total rpg (ranked 326th).

Richmond Spiders vs. Saint Louis Billikens - 3/7/15 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Richmond Spiders improved to 18-12 (11-6 A-10) on the season after defeating the Umass Minutemen, 56-53, this past Wednesday. Richmond shot 40.7% from the field and 17.6% (3-17) from beyond the arc in the victory. Leading the way for the Spiders was Terry Allen who had 13 points, 7 rebounds, and 2 steals. Richmond is ranked 54th in the RPI Standings and has played the 30th ranked SOS. On the season, the Spiders have been led by Kendall Anthony (16.3 ppg, 1.8 rpg, 2.4 apg) and Terry Allen (12.5 ppg, 6.3 rpg, 1.4 spg). Richmond is averaging 65.3 ppg (ranked 228th) on 45.2% shooting (ranked 89th). The Spiders average 6.8 three-pointers per game (ranked 119th) and average just 9.9 turnovers per game (ranked 11th). Richmond is holding their opponents to an average of 60.5 ppg (ranked 36th) on 42.2% shooting (ranked 135th). The Spiders are holding their opponents to just 30.3% shooting from beyond the arc (ranked 23rd) and average 7.2 spg (ranked 73rd).

The Billikens are 0-7 ATS in their last 7 road games and 16-35-1 ATS in their last 52 games overall. The Spiders are 4-0 in their last 4 games following a S.U. win and 12-3-1 ATS in their last 16 games overall.

Richmond has won 5 straight games and has really gotten it done on the defensive end as there are holding their opponents to just 55.4 ppg in that span. Saint Louis has dropped 3 straight and 7 of their last 8 games as their defensive, which is usually very reliable, has given up an average of 73.6 ppg in their last 3 games. They teams are headed in the different directions right now and I just don't see how Saint Louis will be able to score any points against the way this Richmond defense is playing right now. I'm taking Richmond to win this one big and cover this large spread.

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Richmond Spiders -14.5

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