Saint Louis vs. Saint Joseph's - 2/26/20 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Saint Louis vs. Saint Joseph's - 2/26/20 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction Photo by Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports

Saint Joseph's Hawks (5-22) at Saint Louis Billikens (19-8)

College Basketball: Wednesday, February 26, 2020 at 9:00 pm (Chaifetz Arena)

The Line: Saint Louis Billikens -14.5 -- Over/Under: 143.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds

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The Saint Joseph’s Hawks will travel to Chaifetz Arena in St. Louis, MO to take on the Saint Louis Billikens this Wednesday in an Atlantic 10 matchup, tipping off at 9:00PM EST.

The Saint Joseph’s Hawks lost their last game and dropped to 5-22 (1-13 Atlantic 10) on the season after being defeated by the George Mason Patriots, 62-55, this past Saturday.  Saint Joseph’s was down 29-24 at the half and could only pull within 2 at 42-40 with 10:55 before George Mason pulled away and sealed the victory. The Hawks shot 33.9% from the field and 26.7% from three-point range.  Ryan Daly led the way for St. Joseph’s with 20 points, 5 rebounds, 4 assists and 3 steals in the contest.

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On the season, St. Joseph’s in averaging 68.6 points per game on 38.6% shooting from the field.  The Hawks are also averaging 9.1 three-pointers per game on 30.2% shooting from beyond the arc. Ryan Daly (20.4 ppg, 7.3 rpg, 4.3 apg), Cameron Brown (9.4 ppg, 4.4 rpg, 1.2 apg) and Taylor Funk (9.4 ppg, 5.1 rpg, 2.3 apg) have been the offensive leaders for St. Joseph’s this season.

Defensively, Saint Joseph’s is allowing their opponents to average 79.8 points per game on 46.1% shooting from the field.  The Hawks are grabbing just 4.7 steals per game, leading to a turnover margin of -3.7 on the season.

The Saint Louis Billikens won their last game and improved to 19-8 (8-6 Atlantic 10) on the season after defeating the VCU Rams, 80-62, this past Friday.  Saint Louis jumped out to a 41-27 lead at the half and coasted from there, building a 72-49 lead with 7:51 remaining in regulation. The Billikens shot 57.1% from the field and 44.4% from three-point range.  Javonte Perkins led the charge for Saint Louis with 25 points, 7 rebounds, a steal and a block in the game.

On the season, Saint Louis is averaging 71.6 points per game on 44.7% shooting from the field.  The Billikens are also averaging 5.5 three-pointers per game on 33.7% shooting from beyond the arc.  Jordan Goodwin (15.5 ppg, 10.5 rpg, 3.1 apg), Javonte Perkins (14.3 ppg, 3.4 rpg) and Hasahn French (12.2 ppg, 10.3 rpg, 2.5 bpg) have been the offensive leaders for Saint Louis this season.

Defensively, Saint Louis is holding their opponents to 66.3 points per game on 40.8% shooting from the field.  The Billikens are also grabbing 7.7 steals per game and have a turnover margin of 1.1 on the season.

Saint Joseph’s is 2-13 against the spread in their last 15 games against Saint Louis and 4-7-1 against the spread on the road this season.  Saint Louis is 1-5 against the spread in their last 6 games played on Wednesday and 8-7 against the spread at home this season.

Saint Joseph’s comes into the game ranking 33rd in the country in made three-pointers per game and 198th in team FT% at 70.2% on the season.  Saint Louis ranks 67th in steals per game and 89th in the land in assist/turnover ratio at 1.12.

Saint Louis has won their last two home games by an average of 16.5 points and although this is a big number to cover I think they will.  Look for the Billikens defense to shut down an inept Saint Joseph’s offense in this one. I’m taking Saint Louis to win big again at home and cover the spread.

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David’s Pick Saint Louis -14.5

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