Saint Louis Billikens (9-5) vs. UMass Minutemen (9-4)
January 4, 2023 7:30 pm EDT
The Line: UMass Minutemen +3.5 / Saint Louis Billikens -3.5; Over/Under: +148
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The Saint Louis Billikens and Massachusetts Minutemen meet Wednesday in college basketball action at the William D. Mullins Memorial Center. The Saint Louis Billikens look for their 10th win. The Massachusetts Minutemen look for their 10th win.
The Saint Louis Billikens are averaging 76.8 points on 44.5 percent shooting and allowing 71.5 points on 39.6 percent shooting. Gibson Jimerson is averaging 13.4 points and 3.1 rebounds, while Yuri Collins is averaging 12 points and 10.6 assists. Javon Pickett is the third double-digit scorer and Javonte Perkins is grabbing 1.8 rebounds. The Saint Louis Billikens are shooting 32.1 percent from beyond the arc and 75.9 percent from the free throw line. The Saint Louis Billikens are allowing 32.7 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 38.2 rebounds per game.
The Massachusetts Minutemen are averaging 69.5 points on 41.8 percent shooting and allowing 67 points on 41.4 percent shooting. Noah Fernandes is averaging 11.6 points and 2.5 rebounds, while Matt Cross is averaging 11.4 points and 6.3 rebounds. TJ Weeks Jr. is dishing 1.8 assists and Dyondre Dominguez is grabbing 4 rebounds. The Massachusetts Minutemen are shooting 32.9 percent from beyond the arc and 67.5 percent from the free throw line. The Massachusetts Minutemen are allowing 30.9 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 35.9 rebounds per game.
The Billikens are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 road games and 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games overall. The Minutemen are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games overall. The over is 6-2 in Billikens last 8 Wednesday games. The over is 20-6 in Minutemen last 26 Wednesday games. The underdog is 10-4 ATS in the last 14 meetings.
Neither team is playing well, and UMass does play its best ball on its home court. However, the Saint Louis Billikens are the better team no matter how you slice it, and they have a clear edge on the offensive side. The UMass Minutemen have issues finding consistent offensive success, and they’re shooting just 37.5 percent from the field in their last 5 games. I’ll lay the chalk with the road team.