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St.Louis vs. Massachusetts - 1/9/19 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
Massachusetts at St.Louis
Date & Time Wednesday January 9, 2019, 9:00 PM (EST)
Location
Chaifetz Arena
St. Louis, MO
The Line
St. Louis -8 / over-under: 137
TV Channel
CBSSN
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NCAA BB | Massachusetts at St.Louis
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Wednesday college basketball pits the St. Louis Billikens against the Massachusetts Minutemen.

The  Massachusetts Minutemen dropped their Atlantic Ten Opener 69-60 to visiting La Salle on Saturday as an eight point favorite. Massachusetts saw the Explorers pull away with a 42-31 second half run with only 36.5% shooting to lean on.

The balanced Minutemen offense received 15 points, seven rebounds and four steals from Luwane Pipkins while Keon Clergeot added 13 points, four pulls and three assists.

Carl Pierre and Jonathan Laurent gave UMass ten points apiece followed by a six point, ten rebound and two steal effort of Curtis Cobb.

The Saint Louis Billikens began conference play on a positive note with a 60-53 win against Rhode Island as a six point home favorite on Saturday. Saint Louis pulled away from  a tie game late behind a 38.2%-34.6% edge in accuracy. 

Javon Bess was the main weapon for the Billikens pouring in a contest high 24 points with four pulls while Tramaine Isabelle added 13 points and five boards. Hasahn French gave Saint Louis ten points, eleven rebounds and three steals followed by Jordan Goodwin with three points and nine rebounds.

Over is 12-2 in UMass last 14 vs. Atlantic 10 and over is 11-2 in UMass last 13 road games and over is 21-5 in UMass last 26 overall. Under is 12-2 in St. Louis last 14 home games and under is 10-4 in St. Louis last 14 overall and St. Louis are 36-16 ATS in their last 52 vs. Atlantic 10. Under is 5-2 in the last 7 meetings and UMass Minutemen are 2-5 ATS in the last 7 meetings in Saint Louis.

If St. Louis plays their usual defense and shoots 40% I think this will be a cover…

Pick:
St. Louis -8

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