Saint Louis at St. Bonaventure: 3/6/21 College Basketball Picks and Prediction
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St. Bonaventure Bonnies (14-4) vs Saint Louis Billikens (14-5)
Game Info: Saturday, March 6, 2021 at 6:00 pm (Stuart Siegel Center)
Betting Odds: St. Bonaventure Bonnies +2 -- Over/Under: 131.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds
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The Saint Louis Billikens and St. Bonaventure Bonnies will square off at the Stuart C. Siegel Center in the Semifinals of the A-10 Championship this Saturday night.
The Saint Louis Billikens finished their regular season with an overall record of 13-5 and earned the 4-seed in the A-10 Championship with a conference record of 6-4. Saint Louis advanced to the Semifinals after defeating the UMass Minutemen, 86-72, this past Friday night. Saint Louis was outstanding on the offensive end against UMass and had no trouble securing the victory after taking a 74-59 lead with 6:25 left in regulation. Saint Louis shot 49.2% from the field and 36.4% from beyond the arc while UMass shot 43.6% from the field and 28.6% from beyond the arc. Saint Louis outrebounded UMass by a 45-22 margin and committed 13 turnovers in the victory. Leading the way for the Billikens was Javonte Perkins who had 25 points, 6 rebounds, 1 assist, 1 block, & 1 steal.
On the season, Saint Louis is averaging 76.5 ppg on 46.8% shooting from the field. The Billikens are averaging 6.6 three-pointers on 35.5% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, Saint Louis has been led by Javonte Perkins (17.3 ppg, 3.9 rpg, 2.0 apg), Jordan Goodwin (14.7 ppg, 10.5 rpg, 3.8 apg, 1.7 spg), Hasahn French (9.0 ppg, 7.4 rpg, 2.4 apg, 1.2 bpg), & Yuri Collins (5.5 ppg, 3.0 rpg, 6.0 apg, 1.3 spg).
Defensively, Saint Louis is holding their opponents to an average of 64.7 ppg on 41.2% shooting from the field. The Billikens have a rebound margin of 10.4 and a turnover margin of 1.5.
The St. Bonaventure Bonnies finished their regular season with an overall record of 13-4 and earned the top-seed in the A-10 Championship with a conference record of 11-4. St. Bonaventure was able to reach the Semifinals after defeating the Duquesne Dukes, 75-59, on Friday night. St. Bonaventure was lights out on the defensive end against Duquesne and had no trouble picking up the victory after going into halftime with a 40-19 lead. St. Bonaventure shot 49.2% from the field and 26.1% from beyond the arc while Duquesne shot 34.4% from the field and 25.0% from beyond the arc. St. Bonaventure won the turnover battle by a 16-12 margin and was outrebounded the Dukes by a 40-36 margin. Leading the way for the Bonnies was Osun Osunniyi who had a double-double with 18 points, 14 rebounds, 6 assists, 3 blocks, & 1 steal.
On the season, St. Bonaventure is averaging 70.0 ppg on 44.7% shooting from the field. The Bonnies are averaging 6.6 three-pointers per game on 36.5% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, St. Bonaventure has been led by Kyle Lofton (14.3 ppg, 3.1 rpg, 5.4 apg, 1.6 spg), Jaren Holmes (13.7 ppg, 5.2 rpg, 1.9 apg), Jalen Adaway (12.1 ppg, 6.1 rpg, 1.4 apg), & Osun Osunniyi (10.4 ppg, 9.6 rpg, 2.4 apg, 2.6 bpg).
Defensively, St. Bonaventure is holding their opponents to an average of 60.6 ppg on 39.2% shooting from the field. The Bonnies have a rebound margin of 3.8 and a turnover margin of 1.6.
The Billikens are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 neutral site games and 9-3 ATS in their last 12 games following a ATS win. The Bonnies are 5-0 ATS in their last 5 neutral site games and 5-1-1 ATS in their last 7 games overall.
This should be a great game as these are two very talented teams. Saint Louis has won 7 of their last 9 games and have been solid on both sides of the ball this season as the Billikens rank 61st in scoring offense, 45th in scoring defense, & 7th in rebound margin. St. Bonaventure has arguably the best starting five in the A-10 and although heir offense can struggle at times, their defense has been outstanding and come into this game ranked 7th in scoring defense & 13th in defensive FG%. St. Bonaventure is a great team, however, they do not have much depth compared to Saint Louis and as I think the Billikens defense is going to give St. Bonaventure some trouble, I think the play here is to take the Billikens to cover this small spread. Good Luck!