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VCU vs Saint Louis Pick & Preview: Friday, February 3rd Betting Odds
Rams vs Billikens Matchup at a Glance
- Sport: NCAAB
- Teams: VCU Rams at Saint Louis Billikens
- Where: St. Louis at Chaifetz Arena
- Date: Friday, February 3rd
- Betting Odds: VCU +3, VCU +129 | STLOU -159 O/U 141.5
Heading into today’s matchup vs Saint Louis, the VCU Rams will be taking the floor for the 24th time this season and have an overall record of 17-6. On the road, the Rams will be playing their 7th game of the season, having gone 4-3. So far, the Rams have been the underdog 4 times, going 2-2 straight up. Heading into today’s contest, they are the +3 underdogs on the spread.
VCU’s leading scorer this season is Brandon Johns Jr., who is averaging 12.14 points per contest. So far, Jr. has accounted for 16.48% of the team’s scoring. In addition, he is contributing 5.09 rebounds per game and 0.64 assists. Jamir Watkins is the second leading scorer for the Rams, averaging 9.87 points per game. Between him and Watkins, they are accounting for 30.5% of the team’s scoring.
Offensive production has been hard to come by for VCU this season, as they are currently ranked 356th in college basketball at 66.1 points per game. A major reason for low scoring totals is the fact that they have played at a below average pace, and have struggled to knock down outside shots. As a team, the Rams’ 3-point shooting percentage sits at just 34.3%, placing them 229th in the NCAA.
Saint Louis heads into this matchup having played 22 games and have an overall record sitting at 15-7. Currently, the Billikens have been the home team 13 times, sitting with a record of 10-3. The Billikens’ are sitting with a betting line that is -3 points in their favor. For the season, Saint Louis has been favored to win in 20 games, sitting with a mark of 14-6.
Saint Louis will be counting on another strong performance from the team’s leading scorer Gibson Jimerson who is averaging 12.18 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 game plan is the play of Yuri Collins who has hit 45.0% of his field goal attempts on his way to averaging 11.9 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%
Free Spread Prediction: VCU Rams +3
In today’s matchup, our analysis has identified the best bet as an opportunity to bet on a road underdog. Coming into the game, the Saint Louis Billikens are the betting favorite with a point spread set at -3. However, we anticipate VCU putting up a strong fight and see them covering the spread. It is likely, the the public is going to side heavily with the Billikens as the favorite. But, we see this line being set too high and like the value of taking the Rams to cover.