Saint Louis Billikens (8-3) at Florida State Seminoles (10-1)
College Basketball: Saturday, December 22, 2018 at 2:30 pm (BB&T Center)
The Line: Florida State Seminoles -7.5 -- Over/Under: 138.5 Click to Get Latest Betting Odds
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The Saint Louis Billikens and 11th ranked Florida State Seminoles will square off at the BB&T Center in Sunrise, FL this Saturday afternoon in College Basketball action.
The Saint Louis Billikens improved to 8-3 on the season after defeating the North Carolina Central Eagles, 74-65, this past Wednesday. Saint Louis trailed by a 36-31 margin at halftime, however, dominated the Eagles on both ends of the court in the 2nd half and pulled away after a 24-2 Billikens run gave St. Louis a 61-46 lead with 9:24 left in regulation. Saint Louis shot 49.2% from the field and forced North Carolina Central into committing 24 turnovers in the victory. Leading the way for the Billikens was Javon Bess who had 19 points, 6 rebounds, 6 assists, and a steal.
On the season, Saint Louis is averaging 67.4 ppg on 42.6% shooting from the field. The Billikens are averaging 5.8 three-pointers per game on 33.2% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, Saint Louis has been led by Javon Bess (15.0 ppg, 7.3 rpg, 2.5 apg, 1.7 spg), Tramaine Isabell Jr. (12.3 ppg, 4.0 rpg, 2.6 apg, 1.6 spg), Jordan Goodwin (10.7 ppg, 5.8 rpg, 3.0 apg, 2.3 spg), and Hasahn French (7.0 ppg, 7.3 rpg, 2.0 apg, 1.5 bpg).
Defensively, Saint Louis is holding their opponents to an average of 62.5 ppg on 39.9% shooting from the field. The Billikens have a rebound margin of 5.3 and a turnover margin of -0.2.
The 11th ranked Florida State Seminoles won their 5th straight game and improved to 10-1 on the season after defeating the North Florida Ospreys, 95-81, this past Wednesday night . Florida State led by a 46-39 lead at halftime and pulled away after taking a 68-44 lead with 13:50 left in regulation. Florida State shot 50.6% from the field and won the turnover battle by a 19-6 margin in the victory. Leading the way for the Seminoles was Mfiondu Kabengele who had 24 points & 7 rebounds in 19 minutes from off the bench.
Florida State is averaging 80.8 ppg on 46.3% shooting from the field. The Seminoles are averaging 6.9 three-pointers per game on 32.3% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, Florida State has been led by Mfiondu Kabengele (12.4 ppg, 4.6 rpg), Terance Mann (11.9 ppg, 6.7 rpg, 2.0 apg), Trent Forrest (11.2 ppg, 4.8 rpg, 3.7 apg, 2.4 spg), and M.J. Walker (9.1 ppg, 2.8 rpg, 1.8 apg, 1.4 spg).
Defensively, Florida State is allowing their opponents to average 68.5 ppg on 43.2% shooting from the field. The Seminoles have a rebound margin of 7.2 and a turnover margin of 1.9.
The Billikens are 9-4-1 ATS in their last 14 games following a ATS loss and 8-3 ATS in their last 11 Saturday games. The Seminoles are 7-1-1 ATS in their last 9 Saturday games however, just 1-5-1 ATS in their last 7 games overall.
Saint Louis doesn’t have much of an offense as they rank just 315th in scoring offense, however, it’s important to not to overlook the Billikens this season as they have some talented players in Bess & Isabell Jr. and have a defense that ranks 26th in scoring defense and 58th in defensive FG%. Florida State is a solid basketball team that has been impressive on both ends of the court this season as they come into this matchup ranked 57th in scoring offense, T-110th in scoring defense, and 27th in rebound margin. Florida State is a great team, however, Saint Louis already has impressive wins over Seton Hall & Butler and as I think the Billikens defense will be able to keep this one close, I’m taking Saint Louis and the points.