The Rams and Billikens are set to face off at 7:00 ET on ESPN2. The Billikens will host the game at Chaifetz Arena in St. Louis, MO. In this Atlantic 10 matchup, VCU is favored by -4.5 vs. Saint Louis. The over/under for the game is 144 points.

VCU RAMS VS SAINT LOUIS BILLIKENS BETTING PICK

The Pick: Saint Louis Billikens +4.5

This game will be played at Chaifetz Arena at 7:00 ET on Friday, February 16th.

WHY BET THE SAINT LOUIS BILLIKENS:

  • We have this one finishing with a projected score of 74-68 in favor of the Billikens.
  • Not only will Saint Louis pick up the win, but look for them to cover at +4.5.
  • The over/under is currently sitting at 144 points, and we like the under with a projected 142 points.

Can VCU Pull Off a Road Win?

VCU has been a great team at home this season, but they have also been solid on the road, going 4-2. They have won three straight games and come in with an overall record of 16-8.

Over their last 10 games on the road, the Rams have gone 7-3. In their last game, they defeated Dayton 49-47. On the season, VCU has been favored in 17 of their 24 games, going 13-4.

VCU has been a solid bet against the spread this season, going 15-9 overall. Their ATS record as the favorite is 11-6 and they have gone 4-2 vs. the spread on the road. Over their last 10 games as the favorite, the Rams have gone 7-3 and they are 5-0 ATS in their last 5 games as the favorite.

Today’s over/under line of 144 is higher than the average over/under line in VCU’s games this season (140). So far, 16 of their games have finished with fewer points than today’s OU line. Over their last three games, the average scoring total is just 115 points.

Most recently, the VCU offense finished with just 49 points vs. Dayton. For the game, they hit 5/21 three-point attempts and a field goal percentage of 37.7%. The top scorer for the Rams was Jason Nelson with 11 points, while Zeb Jackson also chipped in with 9 points.

So far this season, the VCU defense has been performing well, ranking 31st in the country at 65.1 points allowed per contest. VCU’s three-point defense is currently 44th in the country at 5.7 made threes per game. In terms of overall field goal percentage, opponets have hit 39.5% of their shots vs. VCU.

Can The Billikens Secure a Home Victory?

Despite being 4.5-point underdogs, Saint Louis has gone 4-3 when playing as the favorite this season. They are 4-12 when listed as the underdog. The Billikens are coming off an 87-86 loss to Saint Joseph’s, and they have lost three straight games at home. For the season, they are 6-7 at home and 2-8 on the road.

Overall, Saint Louis has a record of 9-15, including a 2-9 mark in Atlantic 10 Conference games. They have gone 7-6 in non-conference action. So far, they have played 24 games, and their average scoring margin at home is -3.7. For the season, their scoring margin on the road is -8.6.

This season, Saint Louis has an ATS record of 10-13, including a home mark of 5-8. Over their last three home games, the Billikens are 0-3 vs. the spread.

So far this season, the over/under record for Saint Louis games is 13-9-1. Today’s over/under line of 144 is lower than the average over/under line in their games this year (147.7). In their last three games, the over/under record is 2-1 and the average scoring total in those games is 163 points.

Saint Louis is fresh off a strong offensive showing, putting up 86 points versus Saint Joseph’s. This output is higher than their season-average of 73.5 points per game. The team’s scoring leader is Gibson Jimerson, who holds an average of 14.2 as they head into today’s matchup. Additionally, Terremce Hargrove Jr. is averaging 12.6 points per game this season.

Currently, the Billikens’ defense holds the 292nd rank in the nation, allowing 77.6 points per game. The Saint Louis defense is coming off a game in which they gave up a total of 87 points and allowed Saint Joseph’s to connect on 11 threes.