The Saint Louis Billikens (12-3, 1-1 A10) can lengthen an eight-game home winning streak when they go head-to-head against the George Washington Colonials (6-8, 0-1 A10) at Chaifetz Arena. Action starts at 8 p.m. ET on Wednesday, January 8, 2020.
George Washington Colonials at Saint Louis Billikens Free Preview
The Colonials lost to the St. Bonaventure Bonnies in their last matchup, 71-66. George Washington’s Jamison Battle had a solid game, leading both teams in scoring with 20 points on 6-for-16 shooting. St. Bonaventure did a great job of converting from the free throw line (14-20; 70.0 percent). George Washington, meanwhile, had a better turnover percentage (11.6 vs. 12.0).
In the Billikens’ previous outing, they beat the Massachusetts Minutemen, 83-80. Saint Louis was lifted by Hasahn French, who led the team in scoring with 19 points on 9-for-15 shooting. The Billikens, who came into the game averaging an effective field goal percentage of 0.488, had a mark of 0.507, while the Minutemen had a turnover percentage of 24.6 (above their season average of 16.6).
This is the first time these teams will go head-to-head this year. The Billikens won the sole contest played against each other last season, 73-58. The Billikens dominated every stat category in the game. They had an absurd free throw rate of 0.367 and an offensive rebounding percentage of 22.2. The Colonials had marks of 0.157 and 15.6, respectively, for those same stats.
Looking at effective field goal percentage, Saint Louis should have a significant edge. The Billikens defense ranks 83rd in effective field goal percentage allowed (0.462), while the George Washington offense is ranked 241st in effective field goal percentage (0.487).
George Washington vs. Saint Louis Free Prediction
Prediction: SU Winner – Saint Louis, ATS Winner – Saint Louis, O/U – Under
The Colonials average 4.6 blocks per game, which ranks 39th in the nation. The Billikens rank 106th in blocks allowed per game (3.5).
George Washington ranks 41st in assists allowed per game (10.6) while Saint Louis ranks 84th (11.7).
Saint Louis ranks 18th in rebounds per game (41.4) while George Washington ranks 231st (33.6).
The Colonials rank 74th in three pointers attempted per game (24.5) while the Billikens rank 240th (18.4).
Saint Louis ranks 50th in steals per game (8.1) while George Washington ranks 197th (5.0).
The Billikens’ average margin of victory in their last five games has been 3.0, down from 7.1 for the season.
During their last five games, the Colonials have scored an average of 67.2 points per game (0.1 above their season average) and allowed an average of 71.2 points per game (2.0 above their season average).