Vermont vs Saint Louis Prediction - College Basketball Picks 11/17/23
Saint Louis Billikens (4-0) vs Vermont Catamounts (3-0)
Game Info: Friday, November 17, 2023 at 12:00 pm (HTC Center)
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The Vermont Catamounts will play the Saint Louis Billikens on Friday afternoon in the Myrtle Beach Invitational at The HTC Center in Conway, South Carolina. Vermont has started the season with three straight wins, while Saint Louis has won four in a row.
The Vermont Catamounts are 3-0 this year after they defeated Charleston by a score of 73-64 in their last game. Vermont trailed by nine points at halftime, but they out scored Charleston by a total of 46-28 in the second half for the win. The Catamounts shot 36.8% from the field and they made 11 three pointers in the game. Vermont defeated Merrimack by a score of 67-55 in their only other game against a D-1 team this season. The Catamounts are scoring 79.5 points per game with 38.5 rebounds per game and 19 assists per game, while allowing 48 points against per game this season. TJ Long is averaging 15 points per game, 2.0 rebounds per game, and 2.0 assists per game for Vermont. The Catamounts are shooting 54.5% from the field, 70.4% on free throws, and 35.3% on three pointers this year.
Saint Louis Preview
The Saint Louis Billikens are 4-0 this season after they defeated Wyoming by a score of 79-69 in their last game. Saint Louis trailed by one point at the half, but they scored 45 points in the second half for the win. The Billikens shot 47.4% from the field and were out rebounded by a total of 46-33 in the game. Saint Louis has also defeated Southern Indiana, Lindenwood, and Illinois State this year. The Billikens are scoring 85.7 points per game with 39.3 rebounds per game and 11.3 assists per game, while giving up 66.7 points against per game this season. Terrence Hargrove Jr. has led Saint Louis with 16 points, 6.7 rebounds, and 1.3 assists per game. The Billikens are shooting 46.2% from the field, 70.2% on free throws, and 40% on three pointers this season.
Both of these teams needed a big second half to get the win on Thursday and they will look to play a complete game in this one. Vermont is shooting very well this season, but this will be the hardest team that they have faced. Saint Louis has played a decent schedule and they have scored a lot of points to start the year, but can they find success against a good Vermont defense? Vermont was lucky to be able to comeback from nine points down at the half on Thursday, but I don’t think that will be the case in this game. Take Saint Louis in this matchup.