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Rhode Island vs. St.Louis - 2/2/19 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
St.Louis at Rhode Island
Date & Time Saturday February 2, 2019, 4:00 PM (EST)
Location
Thomas M. Ryan Center
Kingston, RI
The Line
Rhode Island Rams -3 -- Over/Under: 133
TV Channel
CBSSN
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The Saint Louis Billikens and the Rhode Island Rams meet in A-10 conference college basketball action from the Thomas M. Ryan Center on Saturday afternoon.

The Saint Louis Billikens will look to rebound and snap a 3-game losing streak following an 84-81 loss to Richmond in their last outing. Javon Bess led the Billikens with 31 points on 10 of 26 shooting with 5 threes and 3 steals while Hasahn French had 13 points, 12 rebounds and 3 blocks for the double-double. KC Hankton added 11 points with 6 rebounds to round out the trio of double-digit scorers for the Billikens in the losing effort. Tramaine Isabell Jr. led Saint Louis with 6 assists while Jordan Goodwin had 9 points, 4 steals and 5 assists and D.J. Foreman added 8 points and 7 rebounds in the defeat. Bess leads Saint Louis in scoring with 16.5 points per game while French leads the Billikens in rebounding with 8.4 rebounds per game and Goodwin leads Saint Louis in assists with 3.7 assists per game this season. As a team, Saint Louis is averaging 67.5 points per game on 41.2% shooting from the field, 30.6% from behind the arc and 60.8% from the foul line this season.

The Rhode Island Rams will be looking to rebound from back-to-back losses following a 75-72 loss to Duquesne in their last outing. Cyril Langevine led the Rams with 24 points on 10 of 16 shooting with a team-high 8 rebounds while Jeff Dowtin added 12 points, 5 assists and 3 steals. Tyrese Martin added 10 points to round out the trio of double-digit scorers for URI in the loss, while Fatts Russell had 9 points, 6 rebounds and a team-high 7 assists in the defeat. Dowtin leads Rhode Island with an average of 16.2 points and 4 assists per game while Langevine leads the Rams in rebounding with 9.7 rebounds per game this season. As a team, Rhode Island is averaging 71.1 points per game on 43.3% shooting from the field, 27.3% from 3-point range and 67.3% from the foul line this season.

Saint Louis is 3-12-1 ATS in their last 16 games against a team with a winning record and 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games overall while the over is 4-1 in their last 5 road games. Rhode Island is 4-10 ATS in their last 14 games against a team with a winning percentage above .600 and 2-6 ATS in their last 8 Saturday games while the over is 6-1 in their last 7 games overall. Saint Louis is 2-10 ATS in the last 12 meetings between these two teams and 0-5 ATS in the last 5 meetings between these two teams at Rhode Island.

Neither of these teams have been anything to write home about as of late, so it’s hard to pick a side between these two teams in this one. However, if there was one team that the Rams could use to bounce back with a win, it’s Saint Louis as the Billikens have had serious issues ATS both overall and on the road in this matchup. Saint Louis has also had troubles covering the number when it comes to above average competition, so I’ll lay the bucket with Rhode Island in this spot.

Pick:
Rhode Island -3

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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