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Saint Louis vs. Richmond - 1/6/18 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Richmond Spiders (3-11) at Saint Louis Billikens (7-8)

College Basketball: Saturday, January 6, 2018 at 8:00 pm (Chaifetz Arena)

The Line: Saint Louis Billikens -4.5 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds

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We have some A-10 college basketball action on Saturday night as the Richmond Spiders take on the Saint Louis Billikens. 

The Richmond Spiders will be looking to climb back above .500 in the logjam that is the A-10 standings after losing their first conference game of the year in a 69-65 overtime loss to Fordham. Julius Johnson led the team with 12 points on 4 of 9 from behind the arc, while De’Monte Buckingham and Nathan Cayo each added 10 points to round out the scoring in double figures for the Spiders. Buckingham added 16 rebounds for a massive double-double, while Cayo added 5 rebounds. Jacob Gillard led the team with 4 assists and 3 steals while also chipped in 7 points in the losing effort. Grant Golden leads the team with an average of 14.2 points per game, while Gilyard leads the team in assists with 3.4 assists per game and Buckingham leads the team in rebounding with 7.4 rebounds per game this season. As a team, Richmond is scoring 66 points per game on 42.9% shooting from the field, 30% from behind the arc and 67.1% from the foul line this season.

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Saint Louis vs. Richmond - 1/6/18 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Saint Louis Billikens will look to join that logjam after starting conference play 0-2 with a 54-51 loss to Davidson in their last outing. Davell Roby led the team with 11 points on 3 of 5 from behind the arc with a team-high 7 rebounds to finish as the lone Billiken to hit double figures scoring in the loss. Hasahn French and Javon Bess each had 6 rebounds, while Aaron Hines added 3 assists and a pair of steals and Jordan Goodwin added 7 points and 3 steals. Bess leads the team in scoring with an average of 13.3 points per game this season, while Goodwin leads the team with 7.1 rebounds and 3.5 assists per game this season. As a team, Saint Louis is scoring 64.4 points per game on 40.8% shooting from the field, 30% from behind the arc and 65.8% from the foul line this season. 

Richmond is 4-10 ATS in their last 14 games overall and 1-5 ATS in their last 6 road games while the over is 5-2 in their last 7 games following a loss. Saint Louis is 22-8 ATS in their last 30 conference matchups and 13-4 ATS in their last 17 games following a loss while the under is 5-1 in their last 6 games following a loss. The favorite is 6-1-1 ATS in the last 8 meetings between these two teams.

I think it should be worth noting that both of Saint Louis’ losses so far have come on the road and I’m sure going home will do some good for them. With that said, I still don’t trust Richmond for much of anything, and the Billikens have been very good ATS in conference over the last couple of years, so considering the favorite has had the bulk of the success ATS in this matchup, I think the best choice is to lay the points with Saint Louis here.

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