Richmond vs St. Bonaventure College Basketball Picks, Odds, Predictions 1/2/21

Richmond vs St. Bonaventure College Basketball Picks, Odds, Predictions 1/2/21 Photo by Matt Stamey-USA TODAY Sports

St. Bonaventure Bonnies (2-1) at Richmond Spiders (7-2)

College Basketball: Saturday, January 2, 2021 at 5:00 pm (Robins Center)

The Line: Richmond Spiders -6 -- Over/Under: 147.5 Click to Get Latest Betting Odds

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The St. Bonaventure Bonnies and the Richmond Spiders meet in college basketball action from the Robins Center on Saturday.

The St. Bonaventure Bonnies will be looking to rebound from their first loss of the season coming in the form of a 63-57 loss to Rhode Island last time out. Kyle Lofton led the way with 13 points on 6 of 12 shooting with 4 steals while Jalen Adaway added 12 points on 5 of 9 shooting with 6 rebounds and 3 assists as the only other double-digit scorer for the Bonnies in the loss. Osun Osunniyi added 8 points with 4 steals and 4 blocks while Anthony Roberts added 8 points with a team-high 4 assists. Osunniyi leads St. Bonaventure in scoring and rebounding with 15.7 points and 8 rebounds per game while Lofton leads the Bonnies in assists with 5 assists per game this season. As a team, St. Bonaventure is averaging 71.7 points on 43.5% shooting from the field, 28.9% from 3-point range and 66.7% from the foul line while allowing opposing teams to average 68.7 points on 41.9% shooting from the field and 24.4% from 3-point range this season.

The Richmond Spiders will look to keep their momentum going after a big 80-74 road win over Davidson last time out. Grant Golden led the Spiders with 22 points on 9 of 13 shooting with 3 threes and 4 assists while Tyler Burton added 18 points on 7 of 9 shooting with 3 threes, 11 rebounds, 3 steals and a pair of blocks for the double-double. Blake Francis added 16 points with a team-high 5 assists while Nathan Cayo added 1 points on 6 of 9 shooting to cap off the scoring in double figures for Richmond in the winning effort. Jacob Gilyard added 7 points with 5 assists as well for Richmond in the win. Francis leads Richmond in scoring with 16 points per game while Burton leads the Spiders in rebounding with 8.6 rebounds per game and Gilyard leads Richmond in assists with 5.9 assists per game this season. As a team, Richmond is averaging 76.4 points on 50.4% shooting from the field, 34.8% from 3-point range and 68.7% from the foul line while allowing opposing teams to average 71.7 points on 46.5% from the field and 31.5% from 3-point range this season.

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St. Bonaventure is 10-4-1 ATS in their last 15 games following a loss and 2-5 ATS in their last 7 games overall while the over is 7-1 in their last 8 Saturday games. Richmond is 6-2 ATS in their last 8 home games and 9-4 ATS in their last 13 games following a win while the over is 7-2 in their last 9 games overall. The underdog is 4-0 ATS in the last 4 meetings between these two teams.

I was really let down by the Bonnies against Rhode Island, but I’m just chalking that up to a bad game and the Bonnies have usually been pretty good against the number in a bounce back spot. Richmond is a solid team but it seems like those early wins over Kentucky and others were so long ago and the Spiders have just been a tough team to figure out over the last week or so. The underdog’s had a lot of success in this matchup, so while I think Richmond wins this game, I think the Bonnies keep it within 3-5, so I’ll take St. Bonaventure and the points in this one.

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Chris’s Pick St. Bonaventure +5.5

The pick in this article is the opinion of the writer, not a Sports Chat Place site consensus.

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