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St. Bonaventure Bonnies vs. St. Louis Billikens - 3/14/14 Atlantic 10 Quarterfinal

St. Bonaventure Bonnies (17-14) vs. St. Louis Billikens (26-5)

College Basketball: Friday, March 14, 2014 at 12:00 am (Barclays Center)

The Line: St. Bonaventure Bonnies +6 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds


The St. Bonaventure Bonnies and St. Louis Billikens will meet Friday afternoon in an Atlantic 10 quarterfinal matchup. When these teams met on January 16, the Billikens won 66-60.

The Bonnies won their first tournament game on Thursday with an 82-72 victory over La Salle. In the win, they shot 53.6 percent from the field, grabbed 30 rebounds and turned the ball over only six times. Four of their five starters also scored in double figures, as Youssou Ndove led the way with 19 points. On the season, the Bonnies average 74.3 points on 46 percent shooting and allow 70.3 points on 44.6 percent shooting. They are 15-14 ATS overall this season.

St. Bonaventure Bonnies vs. St. Louis Billikens - 3/14/14 Atlantic 10 Quarterfinal

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The Billikens ended their season a little shaky, losing three of their last four games. But they were still good enough to win the regular season title. On the year, they’re averaging 70.1 points on 44.4 percent shooting and are allowing 61.5 points on 40 percent shooting. They’re led by senior forward Dwayne Evans, who averages 16 points and 6.4 rebounds. They shoot 70.9 percent from the free throw line as a team and share the ball well with an average of 14.2 assists per game. The Billikens are 10-18 ATS overall.

The Bonnies are 7-1 ATS in their last eight neutral site games and 1-5 ATS in their last six conference games. The Billikens are 1-7 ATS in their last eight conference games and 1-5 ATS in their last six games against teams with a with a winning SU record. The Bonnies are 7-2 ATS in the last nine meetings against St. Louis.

With the way both teams have been playing and how they’ve both been lousy ATS lately, I have no choice but to take St. Bonaventure and the points. After all, the last meeting was decided by just six points.

This game should once again come down to the wire.

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