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Saint Louis vs. VCU - 1/23/15 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Virginia Commonwealth Rams (15-3) at Saint Louis Billikens (9-9)

College Basketball: Friday, January 23, 2015 at 7:00 pm (Chaifetz Arena)

The Line: Saint Louis Billikens -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds


The VCU Rams and St. Louis Billikens square off Friday night at the Chaifetz Arena.

The VCU Rams have won 10 straight games and play their seventh true road game. On the season, VCU is averaging 75.7 points on 43.7 percent shooting and is allowing 66.2 points on 43.5 percent shooting. Melvin Johnson is averaging 13.9 points and 1.9 assists while Briante Weber is averaging 7.6 points and 3.8 assists. Jordan Burgess is grabbing 3.9 rebounds and Terry Larrier is shooting 38.5 percent from the field. The VCU Rams defense is allowing 35.7 percent shooting from downtown and has given up 65 or less points in eight of their last nine games. Offensively, VCU is shooting 62 percent from the line and 36.9 percent from beyond the arc. Doug Brooks is doubtful and Treveon Graham is questionable with injuries.

Saint Louis vs. VCU - 1/23/15 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction


The St. Louis Billikens have lost five of their last six games and look for their second A-10 win. On the season, St. Louis is averaging 59.9 points on 41.7 percent shooting and is allowing 65.9 points on 46.4 percent shooting. Milik Yarbrough is averaging 10.3 points and 4.9 rebounds while Achraf Yacoubou is averaging 10 points and 5.2 rebounds. Austin McBroom is dishing 1.8 assists and Mike Crawford is shooting 48.1 percent from the field. The St. Louis Billikens defense is allowing 38.1 percent shooting from deep and has given up 69 or less points in seven of their last 10 games. Offensively, St. Louis is shooting 63.4 percent from the line and 33.9 percent from beyond the arc. St. Louis is 7-4 SU on its home court.

The Rams are 3-7 ATS in their last 10 Friday games and 5-2-1 ATS in their last 8 road games vs. a team with a winning home record. The Billikens are 5-15-1 ATS in their last 21 home games and 6-19-1 ATS in their last 26 games overall. The favorite is 5-1 ATS in the last 6 meetings. 

When you consider the fact VCU has some of its top players banged up and St. Louis is a tough place to play, I'm not sure how you don't take the points here. The Billikens still have some talented players and it's not like VCU is known for blowing teams out. I really like the points here. 

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