UMass Minutemen vs Saint Louis Billikens 1/23/2022 Picks Predictions Previews

UMass Minutemen vs Saint Louis Billikens 1/23/2022 Picks Predictions Previews

 

The UMass Minutemen (8-9) will clash with the Saint Louis Billikens (11-6) in the A-10 Conference at Chaifetz Arena in St. Louis on Sunday at 2:30 PM ET.

 

Massachusetts comes into this Big Ten match-up with an overall record below .500 but won their recent contest played versus the Saint Louis Billikens at 91-85 on January 20. The Minutemen will be facing the Billikens in the second round of their short two-game set on Sunday with a 1-0 record.

 

Massachusetts is in 13th place at 1-4 in the Atlantic 10 Conference with an 8-9 overall standing while losing all four road matches this season. The Minutemen offense gained 51.8% overall shooting and 35% from the three-point range to score 91 points against the Billikens’ 85 total points in the triumph.

 

Guard Noah Fernandez topped all UMass scorers with 24 points after converting 7 of 11 shooting attempts in 34 minutes of hard court action.

 

The Minutemen recorded an average of 78.1 PPG on 44.8% FG with an average of 32.5 rebounds and 13.8 assists per match while their defense posted 2.5 blocks and 6.1 steals per contest but allowed an average of 78.6 PPG.

 

Guard Noah Fernandez led UMass in scoring and assists with an average of 16.9 PPG on 48.1% overall shooting and 5.4 assists per outing. Forward Trent Buttrick led the Minutemen in rebounding with an average of 5.5 per game.

 

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UMass Minutemen vs Saint Louis Billikens Predictions 1/23/2022

 

The Saint Louis Billikens will be hosting this A-10 duel versus UMass to bounce back from losing the first match of a two-game set versus the Minutemen.

 

The Billikens won three of their last five outings but lost to Dayton and the UMass Minutemen on January 20. Saint Louis took 7th place at 2-2 in the Atlantic 10 Conference with an overall standing at 11-6 and a home record at 8-3 on the season.

 

The Billikens took a one-point halftime lead over the Minutemen but their defense failed to stop the offense of UMass after allowing the latter to score 54 points in the 2nd half leading to their 6-point loss at 85-91 on Thursday.

 

Guard Gibson Jimerson fuelled the offense for Saint Louis with 23 points while Guard Fred Thatch Jr. chipped in 20 for the Billikens in the losing effort.

 

Saint Louis scored an average of 78.8 PPG on 46.2% FG while their defense gave up 68.0 PPG to their opponents.

 

Guard Gibson Jimerson led his team in scoring with an average of 17.1 PPG in shooting 45.4% from the floor. Guard Yuri Collins pitched in an average of 10.2 PPG as the next leading scorer with a team-high 7.8 assists per match while Forward Francis Okoro added 9.4 PPG and controlled the glass with an average of 7.5 rebounds per contest.           

 

UMass Minutemen vs. Saint Louis Billikens. The NCAAB Pick for this game is Saint Louis -8.5. Both teams have a strong offense at 78 plus PPG but the Billikens’ defense that allowed just 68.0 PPG will contain the offense of the Minutemen.

 

Saint Louis will bounce back from their last loss to UMass with crowd support at their home court on Sunday. Prediction: The Saint Louis Billikens will win at 82-72.

 

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UMass Minutemen vs Saint Louis Billikens 1/23/2022 Picks Predictions Previews

NCAAB Starting Time: 2:30 PM ET

 

Location: Chaifetz Arena in St. Louis, MO

 

Date: Sunday, January 23, 2022

 

TV: USA

 

NCAAB Odds/Point Spread: Saint Louis Billikens -8.5

 

NCAAB Totals: 153.5

 

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