It will be a battle between A10 opponents when the Saint Joseph’s Hawks (4-17, 0-8 A10) welcome the Saint Louis Billikens (16-5, 5-3 A10) to Michael J. Hagan ’85 Arena. The game starts at 6:30 p.m. ET on Saturday, February 1, 2020, and will air on NBC Sports Network.
Saint Louis Billikens at Saint Joseph’s Hawks ATS Prediction
In the Billikens’ last contest, they defeated the La Salle Explorers, 77-76. Saint Louis had a turnover percentage of 10.2 (better than their season average of 15.7). La Salle, meanwhile, did a great job of making free throws (14-20; 70.0 percent). Saint Louis was lifted by Jordan Goodwin, who contributed 12 points, 16 rebounds and seven assists.
The Hawks were beaten by the Massachusetts Minutemen in their last game, 91-76. Massachusetts’ turnover percentage was their biggest strength over Saint Joseph’s. The Minutemen posted a mark of 12.0 (better than their season average of 17.5), while the Hawks had a rate of 19.8 (above their season average of 16.2). Ryan Daly had a solid performance for Saint Joseph’s, leading the team in scoring with 22 points on 9-for-16 shooting.
After splitting two games last season, this will be the first matchup of the year between these two teams. The Hawks won the most recent game 91-61. The Hawks had a much better turnover percentage (7.0 vs. 14.0) and had a much better effective field goal percentage (0.661 vs. 0.424).
Saint Joseph’s might struggle to find the bottom of the net as they battle against one of the NCAA’s best defenses. Saint Louis ranks 70th in defensive efficiency, while the Hawks rank 301st in offensive efficiency.
Saint Louis Billikens at Saint Joseph’s Hawks Free Pick
College Basketball Pick: ATS Winner – Saint Louis, O/U – Under
Saint Joseph’s ranks third in three pointers attempted per game (30.7) while Saint Louis ranks 267th (17.4).
The Billikens average 41.0 rebounds per game, which ranks 12th in the country. The Hawks rank 272nd in rebounds allowed per game (39.3).
Saint Louis ranks 57th in steals per game (7.7) while Saint Joseph’s ranks 229th (4.7).
The Billikens average 4.4 blocks per game, which ranks 42nd in the country. The Hawks rank 159th in blocks allowed per game (4.2).
Saint Louis averages 14.1 assists per game, which ranks 90th in the NCAA. Saint Joseph’s ranks 207th in assists allowed per game (14.3).
The Billikens’ average margin of victory in their last five games has been 3.8, down from 6.2 for the season.
During their last five games, the Hawks have scored an average of 70.6 points per game (0.4 above their season average) and allowed an average of 80.2 points per game (1.3 below their season average).