UMass at Saint Louis: 3/5/21 College Basketball Picks and Predictions
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Saint Louis Billikens (13-5) vs UMass Minutemen (8-6)
Game Info: Friday, March 5, 2021 at 1:00 pm (Robins Center)
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THe UMass Minutemen and Saint Louis Billikens face off on Friday in a college basketball showdown at Robins Center.
These two teams just faced off on Monday and it was Saint Louis that was able to come away with the 78-57 victory. Saint Louis was up by 11 at halftime and they never looked back as they were able to win in blowout fashion.
The UMass Minutemen have been up and down this season and they currently sit with an 8-6 record overall. UMass had lost two games in a row heading into their first game against A-10 tournament against St. Joe’s. In that first game during the tournament, it was the offense that was the difference putting up 100 points and that led to the 34 point victory. UMass on the season is averaging 77.1 points per game while their defense is giving up 72.1 points per game. Center Tre Mitchell has been the best player for UMass averaging 18.1 points while shooting 49.3 percent from the field and 35.3 percent from deep.
The Saint Louis Billikens sit with a 13-5 record overall and they have won two games in a row including that last game UMass. Saint Louis got out to a really fast start to the season but they have dealt with COVID issues and the play has been a little bit more inconsistent as of late. Saint Louis on the season is averaging 76 points per game while their defense is giving up 64.3 points per game. The defense was strong in the last game against UMass and if they want to find success in this one, the defense is going to need to be good again. Guard Javonte Perkins has been the best player for Saint Louis averaging 16.9 points while shooting 46.4 percent from the field.
Saint Louis is going to have the fresher legs and their defense is going to slow down UMass again in this one. Look for the Billikens to lock down with their defense and to come away with a cover of the spread.