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NCAA hoops odds preview - Richmond vs. Saint Louis

Richmond SpidersSaint Louis Billikens
14-6January 29, 2014, 08:00 | Chaifetz Arena18-2

The Richmond Spiders will look to pick up a win while covering the spread when they take on the Billikens in Saint Louis at Chaifetz Arena on Wednesday in college basketball action.

The Billikens currently sports a 18-2 record overall in NCAAB action, and have posted a corresponding betting slate of 7-10 ATS. The Spiders are 14-6 and 9-9-1 ATS. Betting totals have seen the Billikens produce a 5-12 OVER/UNDER record on the season, while the Spiders have gone 11-8 against the number.

View Richmond Spiders vs Saint Louis Billikens Odds and Stats.

The Billikens were listed as -8-point favorites at most sportsbooks tracked by Odds Shark earlier in the day. It opened first at BetOnline, where the total was expected shortly.

The Odds Shark Power Rankings have the Billikens at No. 29 and the Spiders at No. 175 heading into this contest.

Richmond was a 77-62 winner in its last match at home against Saint Joseph's. They covered the 3.5-point spread as favorites. Kendall Anthony scored 19 points leading the Spiders to a 77-62 victory over Saint Joseph's at Robins Center on Saturday.

Last time out for Saint Louis, they were a 76-72 winner as they battled Duquesne on the road. They failed to cover in the match as a 9.5-point favorite. The Billikens got 13 points from Mike McCall Jr. as Saint Louis ran past Duquesne 76-72 on Wednesday at A.J. Palumbo Center.

How They Match Up:
Offensively, the game matches up Saint Louis's No. 174 nationally ranked offense (70.4 points per game) against a Spiders defense that sits as the No. 39 at 64.7 PPG. The Billikens have been averaging 43.5% from the field, less than the Spiders have managed so far this season (44.24% on average).

A few Spiders at Billikens trends to consider:
Richmond is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Richmond's last 5 games
Richmond is 6-13 SU in its last 19 games on the road
Richmond is 2-3-1 ATS in its last 6 games when playing Saint Louis
Saint Louis is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games
The total has gone UNDER in 6 of Saint Louis's last 7 games
Saint Louis is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games at home
Saint Louis is 4-2 SU in its last 6 games when playing Richmond

Next up:
Richmond at Virginia Commonwealth, Saturday, February 1st
Saint Louis at George Mason, Saturday, February 1st