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Saint Louis vs VCU Prediction Basketball Picks 2-16-24

VCU Rams (16-8) vs. Saint Louis Billikens (9-15)
February 16, 2024 7:00 pm EDT
The Line: Saint Louis Billikens +6; Over/Under: 143.5
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The VCU Rams and the Saint Louis Billikens meet Friday in college basketball action from Chaifetz Arena. VCU is 16-8 overall so far. The Rams beat Dayton in their last outing. As for Saint Louis, they’re coming off a loss to Saint Joseph’s that dropped the Billikens to 9-15 overall. Let’s get into our VCU vs. Saint Louis prediction. Check back all season long for free college basketball picks at Sports Chat Place.

VCU Rams

The Rams started out on a sketchy 4-5 run this year, but quickly regained their footing. VCU hit a 9-2 run in the next 11 games before a loss to St. Bonaventure. Over the next three games the Rams began a new win streak with victories over Richmond, Fordham and Dayton in succession.

Last Friday versus Dayton, the Rams powered out a low-scoring nail-biter. VCU was up 25-22 going into the second half, then scored another 24 points from there in a tight 49-47 victory. Leading scorer Jason Nelson came off the bench with 11 points, the only one on the team in double-figures.

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St. Louis Billikens

Over on the Saint Louis side, they were able to limp to a .500 record after 16 games but things haven’t been good since then. The Billikens have lost to Dayton, VCU, Davidson, UMass, Loyola, Fordham and Saint Joseph’s (with a win over La Salle) in the last eight games.

Back on Saturday versus Saint Joseph’s, the Billikens held a 45-43 edge in the first half. Saint Louis was outscored 44-41 from there however and lost 87-86 in a tough outcome. Sincere Parker was the leading team scorer in the loss with 34 bench points and nine rebounds.


I’ll stick with VCU here. The Rams posted a pretty wild victory over a very good Dayton team in their last outing, shooting 37.7 percent from the field with a 37-32 rebounding edge and just eight turnovers. It was the fourth time in the last five games that VCU has been under 64 points, but they’re 4-1 in that quintet.

These teams last saw each other on January 19 in an 85-61 blowout road win for the Rams. VCU was hot from the field in that one with 50 percent shooting and had a 36-30 rebounding advantage. Saint Louis may play a little better on the road in this rematch, but so long as VCU doesn’t suffer that big-win hangover I like the Rams to stay in control with a cover.

Andrew's Free Pick: VCU Rams -6

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Andrew has been writing about college, professional and fantasy sports betting since 2013. Andrew's goal is to break down the complicated numbers and trends into a language that's easily accessible to novice sports bettors and seasoned professionals alike.

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