The SIU-Edwardsville Cougars and the Saint Louis Billikens meet in college basketball action from the Chaifetz Arena on Wednesday night.
The SIU-Edwardsville Cougars will look to build on a 93-78 win over subdivision Illinois Tech last time out. Ray’Sean Taylor leads the Cougars in scoring with 13.6 PPG along with 4.3 RPG while Damarco Minor has 12.1 PPg with a team-high 3.3 APG to lead the Cougars in assists this season. Shamar Wright has 11.3 PPG with 4.5 RPG and DeeJuan Pruitt has 10.5 PPG with 6.3 RPG in eight games so far this season. Lamar Wright has 10.3 PPG with 3.7 RPG to finish off the scoring in double figures for SIU-Edwardsville this season. As a team, SIU-Edwardsville is averaging 76.9 PPG on 46.1% shooting from the field, 33.2% from three and 72.9% from the foul line this season.
The Saint Louis Billikens will be looking to build on an 83-75 win over Drake in their last game. Gibson Jimerson leads the Billikens in scoring with 13.5 PPG while Yuri Collins has 12.7 PPG with a team-high 10.3 APG to lead the Billikens in assists, averaging a double-double per game this season. Javonte Perkins has 10.2 PPG and Javon Pickett has 11.5 PPG with 6.5 RPG to cap off the group of double-digit scorers for Saint Louis up to this point in the year. Francis Okoro has 7.4 PPG and a team-high 9.7 RPG to lead the Billikens on the glass this season. As a team, Saint Louis is averaging 77.1 PPG on 44.2% shooting from the field, 32.5% from three and 78.1% from the foul line this season.
SIU-Edwardsville is 6-1 ATS in their last 7 games overall and 4-0 ATS in their last 4 games against a team with a winning record while the under is 4-1 in their last 5 Wednesday games. Saint Louis is 33-16-2 ATS in their last 51 home games and 0-5 ATS in their last 5 games following a win whilet he under is 4-1 in their last 5 Wednesday games.
I get the case to be made for the Cougars as Saint Louis hasn’t been as dominant as I had expected them to be out of the gate this season. That being said, it’s a marathon not a sprint, and I think the Billikens will be a front-runner in the A-10 this season and the Billikens have taken care of business at home for the most part this season. I just don’t think that SIUE has what it takes to go toe-to-toe with the Billikens for a full 40 minutes, so give me the Billikens to pull away in the second half for the win and cover.