Saint Louis vs. La Salle - 2/15/20 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Saint Louis vs. La Salle - 2/15/20 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction Photo by Aaron Doster-USA TODAY Sports

La Salle Explorers (11-12) at Saint Louis Billikens (17-7)

College Basketball: Saturday, February 15, 2020 at 2:30 pm (Chaifetz Arena)

The Line: Saint Louis Billikens -9.5 -- Over/Under: 133

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The La Salle Explorers (11-12, 2-9 CONF) and the Saint Louis Billikens (17-7, 6-5 CONF) will meet on Saturday, February 15th for an A-10 Conference matchup at the Chaifetz Arena in St. Louis, MO. The game will be played at 2:30 PM eastern time. 

La Salle is coming off a lopsided loss to Richmond at home, 71-47. La Salle has struggled badly in conference play this season with a 2-9 conference record. Only scoring 47 points at home is an absolute embarrassment, and it will be interesting to see if they can rebound from such a demoralizing loss. Saint Louis has dropped their last two games, one at home vs Duquesne, the other a road loss to Dayton. At 6-5 in A-10 play, Saint Louis has not played to their full potential in the conference. 

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La Salle has a -1.5 point differential so far this season, which is never a good sign for a team in a tough conference. La Salle scores 68.6 points per game this season on 41.3% FG shooting. La Salle is led G Isiah Deas in scoring, but he only scores 10.8 points per game. The Explorers allow 70.1 points per game to the opposition. La Salle also earns 36.0 rebounds, 13.3 assists, 3.4 blocks, and 8.0 steals per game. 

Saint Louis owns a +4.8 point differential so far this season. Their defense has been strong for a large part of the season but has been inconsistent recently. On the season, Saint Louis allows 66.3 points per game to the opposition. Saint Louis scores 71.1 points per game on 43.7% FG shooting. The Billikens are led by G Jordan Goodwin in scoring as he averages 15.3 points per game. Saint Louis also earns 39.8 rebounds, 13.8 assists, 4.3 blocks, and 7.7 steals per game. 

La Salle is 15-8 ATS this season and 5-5 ATS in their last ten games. La Salle is also 5-3 ATS on the road so far this season. Saint Louis is 12-11 ATS this season and 4-6 ATS in their last ten games. Saint Louis is also 6-7 ATS at home so far this season.

After such a bad loss, I am not sure La Salle can rebound this season. La Salle has been great ATS but I just cannot see them being competitive in this game. Saint Louis has to take care of business in home games like these, so give me the Billikens and I will lay the points. 

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Ronald’s Pick Saint Louis -9.5

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