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College basketball point spread favors Rams in battle with Billikens

Saint Louis BillikensVirginia Commonwealth Rams
25-3March 01, 2014, 06:00 | Siegel Center21-7

College hoops betting interest focuses on the Virginia Commonwealth vs Saint Louis battle Saturday at Siegel Center as the Rams look to defend home court and cover the NCAA basketball point spread.

Virginia Commonwealth will face the 25-3 Billikens, who own a 9-16 ATS mark on the season. In totals betting, the Rams are 11-15 on the OU so far this season while the Billikens are 8-17.

View Saint Louis Billikens vs Virginia Commonwealth Rams Odds and Stats.

The visitors opened as 4.5-point underdogs in this one at most sportsbooks tracked at Odds Shark, including Bovada. The total was set to open a bit later (check out GTbets.eu for the latest situation(.

The Power Rankings at Odds Shark show No. 37-rated Saint Louis taking on the No. 6-rated Rams in this contest.

Saint Louis was a 71-64 loser in its last match at home against Duquesne. They failed to cover the 13.5-point spread as favorites. Saint Louis got 18 points from Mike McCall Jr. but lost anyway, 71-64, to Duquesne on Thursday at Chaifetz Arena.

Last time out for Virginia Commonwealth, they were an 85-66 winner as they battled Fordham on the road. They covered in the match as a 11.5-point favorite. Virginia Commonwealth got 22 points and 12 rebounds from Juvonte Reddic en route to an 85-66 victory over Fordham on Thursday at Rose Hill Gym.

How They Match Up:
Offensively, the game matches up Virginia Commonwealth's No. 44 nationally ranked offense (76.21 points per game) against a Billikens defense that sits as the No. 11 at 60.25 PPG. The Rams have been averaging 41.88% from the field, less than the Billikens have managed so far this season (44.34% on average).

A few Billikens at Rams trends to consider:
Saint Louis is 0-5 ATS in its last 5 games
Saint Louis is 19-1 SU in its last 20 games
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Saint Louis's last 6 games
Saint Louis is 3-7 ATS in its last 10 games on the road
Virginia Commonwealth is 5-2 ATS in its last 7 games
Virginia Commonwealth is 17-5 SU in its last 22 games
Virginia Commonwealth is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games at home
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Virginia Commonwealth's last 6 games at home

Next up:
Saint Louis home to Dayton, Wednesday, March 5th
Virginia Commonwealth at Richmond, Thursday, March 6th