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Davidson vs. Saint Louis - 3/16/19 A-10 Tournament Semifinal College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Saint Louis at Davidson
Date & Time Saturday March 16, 2019, 3:30 PM (EDT)
Barclays Center
Brooklyn, NY
The Line
Davidson Wildcats -2.5 -- O/U: 129
TV Channel
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The Davidson Wildcats and the Saint Louis Billikens meet in an A-10 tournament semifinal matchup in college basketball action from the Barclays Center on Saturday afternoon.

The Davidson Wildcats will look to advance to the championship for back-to-back years after making it to the semis with a 70-60 win over St. Joseph’s in the quarterfinal. Jon Axel Gudmundsson and Kellan Grady tied for the team-high with 18 points, with Gudmundsson shooting 6 of 13 with a team-high 11 rebounds and 6 assists for the double-double while Kellan Grady had 6 rebounds. Luka Brajkovic added 15 points while Carter Collins chipped in 10 points to round out the trio of double-digit scorers for Davidson in the winning effort. Gudmundsson leads Davidson with an average of 17.2 points, 7.4 rebounds and 4.8 assists per game this season. As a team, Davidson is averaging 71.4 points per game on 45.4% shooting from the field, 35.5% from behind the arc and 75% from the foul line this season.

The Saint Louis Billikens will look to get back to their first A-10 title game since 2013 after picking up a 64-55 win over Dayton in their quarterfinal matchup on Friday. Tramaine Isabell Jr. led the Billikens with 24 points on 9 of 18 shooting with 4 threes and a team-high 6 assists with a pair of steals while Jordan Goodwin added 17 points with a team-high 9 rebounds. Javon Bess chipped in 15 points with a pair of steals and 3 assists to round out the trio of double-digit scorers for Saint Louis in the win. D.J. Foreman had 4 points with 9 rebounds while Hasahn French had 4 points with 3 steals and 3 blocks. Bess leads Saint Louis in scoring with 15.2 points per game while French leads the Billikens in rebounding with 8.4 rebounds per game and Goodwin leads Saint Louis in assists with 3.6 per game. As a team, Saint Louis is averaging 67.4 points per game on 41.8% shooting from the field, 30.8% from behind the arc and 59.8% from the foul line this season.

Davidson is 7-3 ATS in their last 10 neutral site games and 25-12-1 ATS in their last 38 conference games while the under is 5-1 in their last 6 games against a team with a winning percentage above .600. Saint Louis is 1-4 ATS in their last 5 neutral site games and 4-0 ATS in their last 4 games against a team with a winning record while the over is 7-3-1 in their last 11 games overall. The underdog is 4-1 ATS in the last 5 meetings between these two teams.

The Billikens did a good job at making me eat my words against Dayton, and with how much success the underdog has had combined with the fact that the lone meeting this season was decided by a single point, the free points are worth a look. However, Davidson has been one of the tougher teams in the A-10 for quite some time now and have been solid on a neutral floor. I wouldn't be surprised if this was another close game, but I just don't think we are getting enough points to go Saint Louis, so I'll side with Davidson and lay the bucket.

Davidson -2.5

Chris has been a sports fan from when he was old enough to pick up a basketball and was a standout offensive lineman throughout high school and college. Chris uses that same instinct, determination and drive to analyze trends and statistics to find and produce winners on a consistent basis. Chris has been writing for Sports Chat Place since 2016 and covers a wide array of sports from college and pro football, college basketball, hockey and baseball.

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