Saint Louis vs VCU Prediction, Odds & Best Bet for February 3 (Defenses Take Over at Chaifetz Arena)

Saint Louis vs VCU Prediction, Odds & Best Bet for February 3 (Defenses Take Over at Chaifetz Arena)


Saint Louis vs VCU Game Info

  • 2022-23 NCAA Basketball Regular Season Game
  • Saint Louis (15-7, 7-2 A-10) vs. VCU (17-6, 8-2 A-10)
  • Date: Friday, February 3, 2023
  • Time: 7:00 PM ET
  • Venue: Chaifetz Arena -- St. Louis, Missouri

The 2022-23 college basketball season continues on Friday with an exciting matchup between the VCU Rams and Saint Louis Billikens. VCU enters as a victor in seven of its last eight games following a 61-59 win over Davidson on Tuesday. Junior Adrian Baldiwn Jr. shined with 14 points and 7 assists.

Meanwhile, Saint Louis saw their six-game winning streak come to an end thanks to a 75-65 loss to Fordham on Tuesday. Francis Okoro led the way with a double-double (21 points & 11 rebounds), but the Billikens logged 16 turnovers in the loss. Which A-10 squad will emerge victorious on Friday?

Saint Louis vs VCU Odds & Spread

Saint Louis enters this contest as small home favorites on the moneyline and spread per FanDuel Sportsbook's odds. This 7 p.m. ET clash also features an over/under of 141.5 points, which is above average compared to Friday's projected totals.

Saint Louis vs VCU Betting Trends

  • Saint Louis' record against the spread is 10-11-0.
  • The Billikens' ATS record as 2.5-point favorites or more is 9-10.
  • This year, 11 of Saint Louis' 21 games have gone over the point total.
  • VCU has beaten the spread 10 times in 23 games.
  • The Rams have one win ATS (1-1) as a 2.5-point underdog or more this season.
  • This season, 10 of VCU's 23 games have hit the over.
Saint Louis Rank Saint Louis AVG VCU AVG VCU Rank
74th 76.2 Points Scored 70.4 208th
221st 70.8 Points Allowed 63.2 29th
13th 36.6 Rebounds 30.0 280th
128th 9.2 Off. Rebounds 8.0 237th
229th 7.0 3pt Made 6.1 306th
27th 16.1 Assists 12.5 236th
94th 11.3 Turnovers 14.3 328th

Saint Louis vs VCU Prediction & Pick

This one is going to be a battle. VCU currently sits atop the A-10 with an 8-2 conference record, but Saint Louis checks in right behind with a 7-2 record. The teams have combined with win 13 of their last 15 games, too, so fans should expect a back-and-forth battle between two well-coached sides.

When a matchup is too close to call in college basketball, it's never a bad idea to side with the home team. Saint Louis is averaging 77.8 points per home game and has posted a +10.5 average scoring margin at Chaifetz Arena. VCU is only averaging 66.2 points and shooting 42.5% on the road this year.

The Billikens have won 10 of their last 12 home games, so trust them to get the job done once again.

Final Score Prediction: Saint Louis: 70 | VCU: 65

Saint Louis vs VCU Best Bet

Saint Louis knows how to score at home, but it hasn't faced a defense of VCU's caliber in weeks now. The Rams rank 10th in defensive efficiency and force 17.3 turnovers per game (No. 6 in NCAA). Expect the Billikens to have to fight on every possession to get to the rim or find an open jump shot.

VCU already struggles shooting the ball on the road and now has to face a Saint Louis defense that allows 67.4 points per home game. All in all, backing the under is the way to go. The total has hit the under in five of the Rams' last six games as well as in 10 of their last 13 games against the Billikens.

Bet: Under 141.5 Points (-110)

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