#536 Fordham University Ramsvs.#535 Saint Louis University Billikens
Written by Adam Rauzino
St. Louis Billikens (9-17; 13-10 ATS; 10-13 O/U) vs. Fordham Rams (11-15; 7-12-2 ATS; 10-11 O/U)
NCAAB: Saturday: February 18, 2017 at 2:00pm EST
Line: Fordham -9
The Fordham Rams will take on the St. Louis Billikens in a an A10 battle Saturday afternoon from the Rose Hill Gym. The Billikens were crushed 85-63 by Dayton on Tuesday night, are the Rams are coming off an impressive 54-43 road win over a very strong Rhode Island team. This will be the lone meeting this season, and Saint Louis defeated Fordham 76-68 last season.
The St. Louis Billikens were severely overmatched by a strong Dayton team in their 85-63 home loss on Tuesday night. The Billikens only shot 38% from the field, and allowed Dayton to shoot a remarkable 57%. Davell Roby led the way offensively, scoring 18 points on 6 for 12 shooting. The junior guard is playing his best basketball of the season, scoring at least 16 points in four straight games, and is now averaging a team-leading 12 points per game. Zeke Moore matched a season-high with 11 points and went 4 for 4 from the line in the loss. The freshman guard has been coming off the bench all season, and is now averaging 5.2 points per game. The Billikens are playing without Jermaine Bishop (11.6 PPG) who is out with a knee injury. St. Louis is a young team but they have been competitive as of late, going 4-3 over their last seven games. They sit at 4-9 in A10 play and are ranked down at 292nd overall in Ken Pomeroy’s College Basketball Rankings.
Saint Louis is only averaging 62.5 points per game, ranking them down at 340th overall, and are shooting 40.2% from the field. The Billikens are conceding an average of 71.5 points per game, placing them 161st overall.
The Fordham Rams played spectacular defense in their 53-43 road win over Rhode Island on Wednesday night. The Rams shot 37% from the field and held Rhode Island to 30% shooting and a 2 for 20 mark from beyond the arc. Javontae Hawkins was brilliant, sinking 20 points which included an 11 for 12 performance from the free throw line, and also collected nine rebounds. The senior guard has reached double-digits in two of out his five games, and is now averaging a team-leading 13.7 points per game. Christian Sengfelder also had a huge night, scoring 17 points along with 13 rebounds, recording his second double-double of the season. The 6-foot-7 forward has increased his production over the last three weeks, and now is up to 12 points and 4.5 rebounds per game. Fordham is 5-5 over their last ten games and are now 5-8 in A10 play, placing them third last in the conference. The Rams play decent defense but many night’s they can’t score enough points to keep them in the game. They are now ranked at 200th overall in Ken Pomeroy’s College Basketball Rankings.
Fordham is really scuffling on offense, now averaging only 66.4 points per game, ranking them down at 313th overall, and are shooting 41.2% as a team. The Rams are now allowing an average of 68.8 points per game, placing them 94th overall.
The St. Louis Billikens are:
The Fordham Rams are:
I am taking the points with St. Louis in this matchup. I know St. Louis doesn’t win many games but they have been outstanding ATS, going 8-2 ATS over their last ten games. Fordham is a very low scoring team, averaging only 65 points over their last six games, and they are allowing opponents to shoot 46.6% from the field, so I expect the Billikens to have some success on offense. Saint Louis is scoring more points as of late, averaging 72 points over their last five games which is an improvement. Take the points with Saint Louis in this one.
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