The Massachusetts Minutemen (6-7) look to snap their five-game road losing streak when they challenge the Saint Louis Billikens (11-3, 0-1 A10), who will try to prolong their seven-game home winning streak. Action starts at 4 p.m. ET on Sunday, January 5, 2020, and it can be seen on NBC Sports Network.
Massachusetts Minutemen at Saint Louis Billikens Odds Preview
In the Minutemen’s last outing, they were beaten by the Akron Zips, 85-79. Massachusetts’ Carl Pierre had a solid game, recording 23 points and 10 rebounds. Akron did an excellent job of making free throws (22-29; 75.9 percent). Massachusetts, on the other hand, had a better turnover percentage (13.1 vs. 18.0).
The Billikens are trying to rebound after their 73-59 loss to the Duquesne Dukes in their last game. With eight points, 12 rebounds and five assists, Saint Louis’ Hasahn French had a solid outing. Duquesne did a great job of making free throws (20-25; 80.0 percent). Saint Louis, on the other hand, held the Dukes to an offensive rebounding percentage of 22.6 (below their season average of 30.9).
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, 65-62. The Billikens played a nearly flawless game. They had a turnover percentage of 10.4 and an extraordinary offensive rebounding percentage of 38.5. The Minutemen were 24.2 and 25.9, respectively, for those same stats.
Saint Louis could dominate the offensive glass in this matchup. The Billikens currently rank 24th in offensive rebounding percentage (35.7 percent), while Massachusetts ranks 311th in defensive rebounding percentage (67.6 percent).
Massachusetts at Saint Louis Odds Prediction
Prediction: SU Winner – Saint Louis, ATS Winner – Saint Louis, O/U – Over
The Minutemen rank 24th in blocks allowed per game (2.4) while the Billikens rank 98th (3.5).
Massachusetts ranks 24th in three pointers allowed per game (17.9) while Saint Louis ranks 87th (20.6).
Saint Louis ranks 20th in rebounds per game (41.4) while Massachusetts ranks 248th (32.2).
The Billikens average 14.9 assists per game, which ranks 62nd in the NCAA. The Minutemen rank 208th in assists allowed per game (15.2).
Saint Louis averages 8.0 steals per game, which ranks 57th in the NCAA. Massachusetts ranks 144th in steals allowed per game (7.4).
The Billikens’ average margin of victory in their last five games has been 1.2, down from 7.4 for the season.
During their last five games, the Minutemen have scored an average of 73.6 points per game (2.4 above their season average) and allowed an average of 78.8 points per game (7.9 above their season average).