Rhode Island Rams vs. Saint Louis Billikens - 2/14/15 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Saint Louis Billikens (10-14) at Rhode Island Rams (16-6)
College Basketball: Saturday, February 14, 2015 at 2:00 pm (Thomas M. Ryan Center)
The Line: Rhode Island Rams -14 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
The Saint Louis Billikens will travel to the Thomas M. Ryan Center to take on the Rhode Island Rams this Saturday afternoon in College Basketball action.
The Saint Louis Billikens dropped to 10-14 (2-9 A-10) on the season after being defeated by the Dayton Flyers, 51-44, this past Tuesday. Saint Louis shot 32.7% from the field and 9.1% (1-11) from beyond the arc in the loss. Leading the way for the Billikens was Achraf Yacoubou who had 12 points, 5 rebounds, and 2 steals. Saint Louis is ranked 239th in the RPI Standings and has played the 134th ranked SOS. On the season, the Billikens have been led by Milik Yarbrough (10.0 ppg, 5.1 rpg, 1.5 apg) and Achraf Yacoubou (10.0 ppg, 5.0 rpg, 1.0 spg). Saint Louis is averaging 60.5 ppg (ranked 316th) on 42.1% shooting (ranked 242nd). The Billikens are averaging 13.6 turnovers per game (ranked 253rd) and are shooting just 65.0% from the free-throw line (ranked 297th). Saint Louis is holding their opponents to an average of 64.8 ppg (ranked 136th) on 44.5% shooting (ranked 264th). The Billikens are grabbing 30.21 total rpg (ranked 326th) and have a rebound margin of -3.9 (ranked 312th).
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The Rhode Island Rams dropped to 16-6 (8-3 A-10) on the season after being defeated by the Saint Joseph's Hawks, 65-64, this past Wednesday. Rhode Island shot 42.6% from the field and 29.4% (5-17) from beyond the arc in the loss. Leading the way for the Rams was E.C. Matthews who had 17 points, 3 rebounds, and 4 assists. Rhode Island is ranked 71st in the RPI Standings and has played the 178th ranked SOS. On the season, the Rams have been led by E.C. Matthews (16.7 ppg, 4.4 rpg, 2.1 apg) and Hasan Martin (11.7 ppg, 7.7 rpg, 3.1 bpg). Rhode Island is averaging 67.0 ppg (ranked 181st) on 45.9% shooting (ranked 70th). The Rams are averaging 14.3 turnovers per game (ranked 296th) and are shooting just 29.1% from beyond the arc (ranked 330th). Rhode Island is holding their opponents to an average of 58.2 ppg (ranked 16th) on 39.6% shooting (ranked 50th). The Rams average 5.9 bpg (ranked 9th) and are holding teams to 28.0% shooting from beyond the arc (ranked 8th).
The Billikens are 6-14 ATS in their last 20 vs. the A-10 and just 8-21-1 ATS in their last 30 games overall. The Rams are 6-1 ATS in their last 7 games following a S.U. loss however, just 3-7 ATS in their last 10 games overall.
Saint Louis has dropped 6 of their last 7 games as they continue to struggle on the offensive end. Rhode Island had their 5 game winning streak come to an end as they struggled form beyond the arc and allowed Saint Joseph's to come back in the second-half to win. In their first match-up of the season, Saint Louis actually got out to a quick start on the offensive end, however, it didn't last long and Rhode Island was able to pull away in the second half for a 65-53 victory in Saint Louis. Rhode Island is 10-1 at home this year and I think as long as they limit their turnovers and don't settle for three-pointers, that they'll win this one by 15-20 points. I'm taking Rhode Island to cover this large number at home.