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VCU vs Saint Louis Basketball Picks 1-19-24

Saint Louis Billikens (8-9) vs. VCU Rams (10-7)
January 19, 2024 7:00 pm EDT
The Line: VCU Rams -8.5; Over/Under: +148
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The Saint Louis Billikens and the VCU Rams meet in college basketball action from the Stuart Siegel Center on Friday night. Who comes out on top in this A-10 conference matchup? Let’s dive in and find out with our Saint Louis vs. VCU Prediction.

Saint Louis Team Preview

The Saint Louis Billikens come into this one looking to bounce back from a 70-65 loss to Dayton in their last matchup. Gibson Jimerson leads the Billikens in scoring with 16.9 PPG along with 2.8 RPG and 2 APG while Bradley Ezewiro has 14.3 PPG and 7.5 RPG in 6 games so far this season and Terrence Hargrove Jr. has 13 PPG with a team-high 5.8 RPG, leading the Billikens on the glass. Tim Dalger has 10.2 PPG with 4.4 RPG to round out the group of double-digit scorers for Saint Louis on the year while Michael Meadows Jr. also has a team-high 3.3 APG as well on the year for Saint Louis. As a team, Saint Louis is averaging 73.8 PPG on 44.6% shooting from the field, 38.4% from three and 71.6% from the foul line this season.

VCU Team Preview

The VCU Rams come into this one looking to build on back-to-back wins after a 71-65 win over La Salle in their last matchup. Max Shulga leads the Rams in scoring with 15.2 PPG and 3.8 APG along with 4.6 RPG while Zeb Jackson has 12.4 PPG with 4.4 RPG and a team-high 3.9 APG as the Rams’ leading assist man. Sean Bairstow has 11.8 PPG with 4.3 RPG and 4.5 APG in 6 games while Joe Bamisile has 10.4 PPG as well in 7 games this season. Toibu Lawal also has 8.1 PPG with a team-high 5.9 RPG to lead the Rams on the glass this season. As a team, VCU is averaging 73.2 PPG on 45.3% shooting from the field, 34.4% from three and 76.8% from the foul line this season.

Saint Louis vs. VCU Prediction

I’m on the Rams here. I just think VCU’s defense ends up being too much for a Bilikens team that’s clearly not the same team as past seasons. The Billikens have one of the worst defensive units in the A-10 and I think that VCU gets themselves a win and cover at home here.

Chris Ruffolo's Free Pick: VCU -8.5

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Chris Ruffolo

Chris joined the Sports Chat Place team in August 2016 and has a proven system that combines multiple analytical and situational statistics and trends to give out thousands of winning picks over the last three years with winning records across all of the top leagues, Follow Chris Ruffolo on Twitter @ruffthepickdawg

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