Saint Louis at St. Bonaventure
|Date & Time||Sunday March 17, 2019, 1:00 PM (EDT)|
St. Bonaventure Bonnies -1 -- Over/Under: 120.5
The Saint Louis Billikens and St. Bonaventure Bonnies will square off this Sunday afternoon at the Barclays Center in the Finals of the A-10 Men’s Championship.
The 6-seed Saint Louis Billikens will be looking to punch their first ticket to the NCAA Tournament since 2014 after upsetting the Davidson Wildcats, 67-44, to advance to the A-10 Men’s Championship game. Saint Louis was incredible on the defensive end agianst the Wildcats and was able to pull away in the 2nd half after taking a 49-33 lead with 10:58 left in regulation. Saint Louis shot 48.1% from the field while holding Davidson to just 25.9% shooting from the field and 23.3% shooting from beyond the arc in the victory. Leading the way for the Billikens was Javon Bess who had 24 points, 7 rebounds, 1 assist, and a steal.
Coming into their game agianst Davidson, Saint Louis was averaging 67.4 ppg on 41.8% shooting from the field. The Billikens were averaging 5.7 three-pointers per game on 30.8% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, Saint Louis has been led by Javon Bess (15.2 ppg, 6.6 rpg, 1.8 apg, 1.4 spg), Tramaine Isabell Jr. (13.8 ppg, 43 rpg, 3.5 apg, 1.2 spg), Jordan Goodwin (10.5 ppg, 7.3 rpg, 3.6 apg, 1.9 spg), and Hasahn French (9.4 ppg, 8.4 rpg, 1.4 apg, 1.0 spg, 1.8 bpg).
Defensively, Saint Louis was holding their opponents to an average of 64.7 ppg on 41.7% shooting from the field. The Billikens had a rebound margin of 6.5 and a turnover margin of 0.2.
The 4-seed St. Bonaventure Bonnies come into the championship game playing some of their best basketball of the season and had no trouble reaching the Finals after defeating the 8-seed Rhode Island Rams, 68-51, on Saturday. St. Bonaventure used a 13-0 run at the end of the 1st half to trail by just a 29-27 margin at halftime and was able to pull away in the 2nd half after a 14-0 run gave the Bonnies a 64-46 lead with 3:20 left in regulation. St. Bonaventure shot 39.6% from the field while holding Rhode Island to just 35.2% shooting from the field and 26.3% shooting from beyond the arc. Leading the way for the Bonnies was Kyle Lofton who had 23 points, 5 assists, and 1 rebound.
Coming into their game against Rhode Island, St. Bonaventure was averaging 66.5 ppg on 43.3% shooting from the field. The Bonnies were averaging 6.1 three-pointers per game on 32.6% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, St. Bonaventure has been led by Courtney Stockard (15.0 ppg, 5.4 rpg, 3.6 apg, 1.3 spg), Kyle Lofton (14.4 ppg, 2.5 rpg, 3.7 apg, 1.4 spg), LaDarien Griffin (10.6 ppg, 6.0 rpg, 1.5 apg, 1.1 spg, 1.0 bpg), and Osun Osunniyi (7.6 ppg, 7.5 rpg, 2.6 bpg).
Defensively, St. Bonaventure was holding their opponents to an average of 63.7 ppg on 40.5% shooting from the field. The Bonnies had a rebound margin of 0.6 and a turnover margin of 0.9.
St. Bonaventure defeated Saint Louis in their only match-up in the regular season as the Bonnies defeated the Billikens by a 66-57 margin at home in early March.
The Billikens are 24-7-1 ATS in their last 32 Sunday games and 5-2 ATS in their last 7 games overall. The Bonnies are 5-1 ATS in their last 6 games vs. a team with a winning straight up record and 5-2 ATS in their last 7 games overall.
Saint Louis came into this season with high expectations and although the Billikens struggled at times during conference play, this is a very talented team that had solid wins against Seton Hall, Butler, & Oregon State this season. The Bonnies have over achieved this season as it looked like they would be more in rebuilding mode after losing both Jaylen Adams & Matt Mobley in the offseason, however, the Bonnies have used a solid defense that ranks 21st in scoring defense & 27th in defensive FG% to reach the Championship game. This game has all the makings of a defensive battle, however, between the fact that St. Bonaventure has won 9 out of 10 games and defeated St. Louis just over a week ago, I’m taking St. Bonaventure to cover this small spread. Good Luck!