The top two seeds in this year’s Atlantic 10 tournament held court in their first two games, and now Saint Louis and VCU will battle it out for a title in A-10 Championship Game betting action on Sunday.
At the Barclays Center in Brooklyn the Saint Louis Billikens will square off against the VCU Rams as 3-point favorites on the opening line. The total for this game has been set at 136 points. In the Rams' first season in the A-10 they came up short in their only previous meeting against Saint Louis with a 76-62 loss on February 19 as 2-point road underdogs.
The Rams will try to spoil to the party on Sunday; they are 10-16 ATS against the number this season, while the Billikens are 20-10 ATS. Virginia Commonwealth is 14-12 on the totals; Saint Louis is 12-15-1.
College basketball odds makers at BetOnline opened the Saint Louis Billikens as 2-point underdogs in this matchup. Check for the latest spread and over-under at the sportsbook.
Power Rankings / Prediction:
The Billikens sit at No. 66 in the current college hoops power poll here at Odds Shark, while the Rams sit at No. 39 on the same chart. The computers running our scores simulations have concluded that the Rams will win this game 81-78.
How They Match Up:
Rebounding is always a key handicapping consideration and Rams is ranked No. 169 in NCAA hoops at 34.8 per game. Contrast that with Saint Louis’s No. 252 mark in the paint. When it comes to three-point shooting, Saint Louis is the No. 157-ranked team in the country at 6.2 per game, while Virginia Commonwealth rates No. 24 at 8.1 per game.
Comparing how these foes stack up statistically, Virginia Commonwealth owns the country's No. 144-rated mark, allowing 68.2 points per game on the highway. Saint Louis, on the other hand, rates No. 173 in scoring at home.
Virginia Commonwealth was a 71-62 winner in their most recent outing at home against Massachusetts. They covered the 8.5-point spread as favorites. Troy Daniels scored 20 points leading the Rams to a 71-62 victory over Massachusetts at Barclays Center on Saturday.
In their last action, Saint Louis was a 67-56 winner at home against Butler. They covered the 4.5-point spread as favorites. Saint Louis got 24 points and 11 rebounds from Dwayne Evans en route to a 67-56 victory over Butler on Saturday at Barclays Center.
Virginia Commonwealth Rams Trends:
When playing on Sunday are 6-4
After playing Massachusetts are 1-0
After a win are 7-3
Saint Louis Billikens Trends:
When playing on Sunday are 7-3
After playing Butler are 4-0
After a win are 9-1
A few Rams at Billikens trends to consider:
Saint Louis is 14-1 SU in its last 15 games
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Saint Louis's last 6 games