VCU vs. Saint Louis - 2/17/15 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Saint Louis Billikens (10-15) at Virginia Commonwealth Rams (19-6)
College Basketball: Tuesday, February 17, 2015 at 7:30 pm (Siegel Center)
The Line: Virginia Commonwealth Rams -18 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
TV: CBS Sports Network
The Saint Louis Billikens and VCU Rams play Tuesday night at the Stuart C. Siegel Center.
The Saint Louis Billikens have lost seven of their last eight games and look for their first ranked win. On the season, Saint Louis is averaging 60 points on 42.1 percent shooting and is allowing 66.1 points on 44.9 percent shooting. Milik Yarbrough is averaging 10.1 points and 5.1 rebounds while Achraf Yacoubou is averaging 9.6 points and 4.8 rebounds. Austin McBroom is dishing 1.8 assists and Mike Crawford is shooting 49.1 percent from the field. The Saint Louis Billikens have five players averaging at least 6.2 points, and they’re shooting 65.8 percent from the line and 33.3 percent from downtown. Defensively, Saint Louis is allowing 36.5 percent shooting from deep and has given up 63 or less points in five of its last eight games.
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The VCU Rams have split their last six games and are chasing an A-10 crown. On the season, VCU is averaging 73.8 points on 42.8 percent shooting and is allowing 65.5 points on 42.5 percent shooting. Treveon Graham is averaging 15.9 points and 6.4 rebounds while Melvin Johnson is averaging 13.2 points and 1.9 assists. JeQuan Lewis is dishing 2.7 assists and Terry Larrier is shooting 37.7 percent from the field. The VCU Rams have six players averaging at least 6.1 points, and they’re shooting 64 percent from the line and 34.7 percent from downtown. Defensively, VCU is allowing 36.5 percent shooting from deep and has given up 66 or less points in seven of its last 10 games.
The Billikens are 0-5 ATS in their last 5 road games and 8-22-1 ATS in their last 31 games overall. The Rams are 1-5 ATS in their last 6 home games and 5-14-1 ATS in their last 20 games vs. a team with a losing S.U. record. The home team is 4-1 ATS in the last 5 meetings and favorite is 5-2 ATS in the last 7 meetings.
This is far too many points to lay in an A-10 game, especially with the way Saint Louis has been playing defense lately. Also, three of the last four meetings between these two teams have been decided by six or less points. Give me the Billikens and the points.