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Saint Louis vs Massachusetts Pick & Preview: Wednesday, January 4th Betting Odds

Billikens vs Minutemen Matchup at a Glance

  • Sport: NCAAB
  • Teams: Saint Louis Billikens at Massachusetts Minutemen
  • Where: Amherst at William D. Mullins Memorial Center
  • Date: Wednesday, January 4th
  • Betting Odds: Saint Louis -3, STLOU -157 | UMASS +129 O/U 150.0

Billikens Preview:

Saint Louis will take the floor against the Minutemen with an overall record of 9-5. On the road, the Billikens will be playing their 4th game of the season, having gone 2-2. So far, the Billikens have been favored 12 times, going 8-4 straight up. In today’s matchup, the oddsmakers have Saint Louis as -3 point favorites.

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Saint Louis will be counting on another strong performance from the team’s leading scorer Gibson Jimerson who is averaging 13.36 points per game for the Billikens. Jimerson is also important to the team’s ability to score on the perimeter. So far, he leads the team in 3-point shots made. Also key to the Billikens’ offensive gameplan is the play of Yuri Collins who has hit 40.1% of his field goal attempts on his way to averaging 12.0 points per game.

So far this season, Saint Louis has put together a strong scoring offense at 76.4 points per game (58th). This strong figure has come despite the Billikens playing at a slow tempo compared to other schools. For the season, they have hit 36.9% of their shots from outside, which is closer to the NCAA average. Saint Louis’ overall field goal percentage currently sits at 45.4%

Minutemen Preview:

Heading into today’s matchup vs Saint Louis, the Massachusetts Minutemen will be taking the floor for the 14th time this season and have an overall record of 9-4. Currently, the Minutemen have been the home team 8 times, sitting with a record of 5-3. So far, the Minutemen have been the underdog 4 times, going 2-2 straight up. Heading into today’s contest, they are the +3 underdogs on the spread.

Matt Cross comes into today’s game as the Minutemen’s leading scorer at 11.42 points per contest. Not only has Cross been key to the team’s scoring efforts, but he is Massachusetts’ top rebounder at 6.33 boards per contest. Behind Cross, the team has benefited from the strong play of T.J Weeks who is second on the team in scoring at 9.0 points per game. Overall, he has hit 42.7% of his shots and is adding 4.38 boards per game.

So far this season, Massachusetts has put together a strong scoring offense at 75.7 points per game (67th). This strong figure has come despite the Minutemen playing at a slow tempo compared to other schools. For the season, they have hit 37.0% of their shots from outside, which is closer to the NCAA average. Massachusetts’ overall field goal percentage currently sits at 43.3%

Free Spread Prediction: Massachusetts Minutemen +3

After running our analysis on this game, we’ve identified the best side to take on the spread. Currently, the oddsmakers have Saint Louis as the favorites with a line coming in at -3. However, based on how these team’s matchup, we see this number being too high and like the Massachusetts Minutemen to cover. Both team’s have knocked down the 3-point shot at a rate similar to the NCAA average this season with Saint Louis at 7.35 made 3’s per game compared to Massachusetts at 9.5. Look for Massachusetts to put together a strong enough defensive effort to cover the spread vs the Billikens.

 


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