Massachusetts Minutemen take on Billikens in NCAA basketball test
Massachusetts Minutemen vs Saint Louis Billikens Odds
Chaifetz Arena features an NCAA basketball betting clash between the host Saint Louis Billikens and the visiting Massachusetts Minutemen in college hoops action on Thursday.
The Billikens bring a 11-3 record (6-6 ATS) to this tilt against the 10-3 Minutemen, who are 3-10 ATS. OVER/UNDER bettors have witnessed Saint Louis go 3-7 so far and the Minutemen go 6-7.
On the opening NCAA basketball line for this matchup, Saint Louis sat as 11.5-point favorites over at 5Dimes. Also, check out the current total, which often goes up first at online sportsbook BetOnline.
Power Rankings / Prediction:
The Billikens sit at No. 208 in the current college hoops power poll here at Odds Shark, while the Minutemen sit at No. 128 on the same chart. The computers running our scores simulations have concluded that the Billikens will win this game 77-67.
How They Match Up:
Scoring and defensive stats point to some edges in this matchup. The game features Saint Louis's No. 218-ranked scoring average of 65.9 PPG, against a Minutemen defense rated No. 290 and allowing 72.2 PPG. The Billikens FG% has averaged 45.7% to date this season, more than the Minutemen shooters have managed so far (40.9% per game).
Comparing how these foes stack up statistically, Massachusetts owns the country's No. 208-rated mark, allowing 72.3 points per game on the highway. Saint Louis, on the other hand, rates No. 271 in scoring at home.
Massachusetts was a 75-61 winner in their most recent outing at home against Eastern Michigan. They failed to cover the 15.5-point spread as favorites. Freddie Riley scored 18 points leading the Minutemen to a 75-61 victory over Eastern Michigan at Mullins Center on Saturday.
Saint Louis was a 67-59 winner in their most recent outing at home against Savannah State. Mike McCall Jr. scored 16 points leading the Billikens to a 67-59 victory over Savannah State at Chaifetz Arena on Friday.
Massachusetts Minutemen Trends:
When playing on Thursday are 4-6
Before playing Fordham are 3-7
After a win are 7-3
Saint Louis Billikens Trends:
When playing on Thursday are 7-3
Before playing Temple are 6-1
After playing Savannah State are 2-0
After a win are 7-3
A few Minutemen at Billikens trends to consider:
Massachusetts is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games on the road
Massachusetts is 1-6 ATS in its last 7 games on the road
Saint Louis is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games
Saint Louis is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games at home
Saint Louis is 5-2 SU in its last 7 games when playing Massachusetts
Massachusetts at Fordham, Sunday, January 13
Saint Louis at Temple, Saturday, January 12