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Saint Louis vs Davidson Predictions and Odds (Jan. 27)

Jack Magruder

by Jack Magruder in College Basketball

Updated Apr 11, 2023 · 4:50 PM PDT

Saint Louis Billikens guard Yuri Collins battles for the ball with Alabama players
Nov 27, 2022; Auburn, Alabama, USA; Auburn Tigers center Dylan Cardwell (44) backs off as guard K.D. Johnson (0) and Saint Louis Billikens guard Yuri Collins (1) battle for the ball during the first half at Neville Arena. Mandatory Credit: John Reed-USA TODAY Sports
  • Saint Louis and Davidson meet in an Atlantic 10 game on Friday, January 27
  • Saint Louis is a 1.5-point road favorite over Davidson at Belk Arena
  • Read below for Saint Louis vs Davidson odds and prediction

Saint Louis (14-6, 6-1 A-10) is a 1.5-point road favorite against Davidson in an Atlantic 10 game at 7 pm ET Friday on ESPN2 at the Belk Center. The Billikens have won five in a row to move into second place in the A10 with VCU.

Davidson (9-10, 2-5 A-10)  broke a four-game losing streak with a victory at La Salle the last time out Tuesday. The Wildcats are in their first season under Matt McKillop after father Bob retired following a 33-year, 634-victory career here.

Saint Louis vs Davidson Odds

Team Spread Moneyline Total
Saint Louis Billikens -1.5 (-110) -122 Over 144.5 (-105)
Davidson Wildcats +1.5 (-110) +102 Under 144.5 (-115)

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Saint Louis is a 1.5-point road favorite in a series that has skewed heavily toward Davidson since the Wildcats joined the A-10 in 2014. Davidson is 8-2 SU and 6-4 ATS in the series, and it has won and covered five of the last six, including an 84-69 victory in the semifinals of the A10 tournament last season. The Wildcats are 4-0 SU and 3-1 ATS in the four series games at Belk Arena, all as a favorite of at least 2.5 points.


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Saint Louis is 9-10 ATS this season, 3-3 on the road. Richmond is 9-10-1 ATS, 5-5-1 at home. The Billikens have been favored in all but one game this season, that a 65-60 loss at Auburn that they covered as a 6.5-point underdog.

Saint Louis Riding High

Junior points guard 6′ Yuri Collins leads a veteran cast for the Billikens, who have looked exactly like the team that was picked to finish second in the preseason A10 coaches’ poll. Collins is the ringleader. He leads Division I in assists, averaging 10.6 per game, and is second on the team in scoring at 12.1 points per game. Collins is the only Division I player averaging a double-double in points and assists. He missed the 81-74 victory at George Washington on Jan. 14 because of illness but has 26 points and 17 assists in his two game back.

Collins, who averages 35.5 minutes per game was named to the A10 preseason first team. Big guards and spot up shooters 6’5 Gibson Jimerson (12.7 points, 49 threes) and 6’6 Javonte Perkins (11.2 points, 34 threes) were named to the preseason all-A10 second team, and Collins and post presence 6’9 Francis Okoro (8.9 rebounds, 33 blocked shots) were named to the all-defensive teams. All have played up to expectations. Missouri transfer Javon Pickett (10.4 points, 5.2 assists) has blended in well.

The Billikens excel at the peripherals. They are shooting 46.1 percent from the floor while limiting opponents to 40.2 percent. They have a plus-5.9 rebound margin and the lowest turnover rate in the A10. Their signature victory was 76-63 over Providence in the third place game of the Holiday Tipoff on Nov. 22.

Davidson This Close

The Wildcats won the A10 regular-season title before losing to Richmond in the tournament championship game, but this group has not had the vintage McKillop look under first-year coach Matt McKillop, who took over for his father Bob and lost three starters from the 2022 group. New Zealand native forward 6’9 Sam Mennenga leads the team in scoring and rebounding (16.2 points, 7.7 rebounds) and had a career-high 27 points in a 64-57 victory at La Salle the last time out Tuesday, but the spot-up distance shooting that gave Davidson the edge against all comers has been lacking.  The Wildcats are shooting 30.1 from distance, their lowest of the millennium.

Fifth-year senior guard 6′ Foster Loyer (15.4 points, 4.7 rebounds, 4.6 assists) has 46 threes and reached 1,000 career points in the La Salle game after spending this first three seasons at Michigan State. Things may be improving on the perimeter. The Wildcats had nine threes against La Salle, their most since the second game of the season, and shot 40.7 percent from distance after failing to crack 30 percent in the previous nine games.

Saint Louis vs Davidson Prediction

The Billikens have not played well in this series, especially in North Carolina, although this is probably the best team the Billikens have had in the short time the teams has shared a conference. The factor to look at here is the schedule. St. Louis has played only one A10 team with a winning record while Davidson has played three of the top five preseason picks on the road, and the Wildcats’ last three losses have been by a total of 13 points. The points are the play here.

  • Pick: Davidson +1.5 (-110)
  • Season CBK: 27-13
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