/Richmond vs. Saint Louis odds, line: 2021 college basketball picks, Feb. 26 predictions from proven model
Richmond vs. Saint Louis odds, line: 2021 college basketball picks, Feb. 26 predictions from proven model

Richmond vs. Saint Louis odds, line: 2021 college basketball picks, Feb. 26 predictions from proven model

The Richmond Spiders vie for their fifth victory in six games when they visit the Saint Louis Billikens on Friday in an Atlantic 10 Conference matchup. The Spiders (13-5, 6-3 A-10) are trying to follow the path of a year ago, when they closed the regular season by winning nine of their final 10 games. The Billikens (11-4, 4-4) have won four of the past five meetings between the schools but Richmond emerged with a three-point victory in its last visit to Saint Louis.

Tip-off is at 7 p.m. ET at Chaifetz Arena in Saint Louis. William Hill Sportsbook lists the Billikens as a 4.5-point favorite, while the over-under for total points scored is 143.5 in the latest Richmond vs. Saint Louis odds. Before making any Saint Louis vs. Richmond picks, be sure to see the college basketball predictions and betting advice from SportsLine’s proven model.

The model simulates every Division I college basketball game 10,000 times. Over the past four-plus years, the proprietary computer model has generated an impressive profit of over $2,500 for $100 players on its top-rated college basketball picks against the spread. Anyone who has followed it has seen huge returns.

Now, the model has set its sights on Richmond vs. Saint Louis. You can head to SportsLine to see its picks. Here are several college basketball odds and trends for Saint Louis vs. Richmond:

  • Richmond vs. Saint Louis spread: Saint Louis -4.5
  • Richmond vs. Saint Louis over-under: 143.5 points
  • Richmond vs. Saint Louis money line: Saint Louis -200, Richmond +170
  • RICH: The Spiders are 14-5 on the road over the past two seasons
  • STL: The Billikens lead the A-10 in scoring margin (+11.6)

Why Richmond can cover

Senior guard Jacob Gilyard is among five players averaging in double figures at 11.4 points per game, but he is getting it done at both ends of the court. On Thursday, Gilyard was among 10 finalists named for the 2021 Naismith Men’s Defensive Player of the Year. He leads the nation in both total steals (64) and steals per game (3.56) and has registered at least four thefts in 10 of the team’s 18 games.

Senior guard Blake Francis, averaging a team-best 16.6 points, knocked down a season-high five 3-pointers en route to reaching 20 points for the fifth time in Tuesday’s rout of Massachusetts. Forward Nathan Cayo, fourth on the team at 12.2 points per game, needs 14 points to join teammates Francis, Grant Golden and Gilyard with 1,000 for his career. He is averaging 16.3 points and 6.7 rebounds over the past four games.

Why Saint Louis can cover

Leading scorer Javonte Perkins had a miserable shooting night and was limited to a season-low seven points in a lopsided loss at Dayton a week ago, but he bounced back to collect 16 points and seven rebounds on Tuesday. He has scored in double-digits in 15 of 16 games and is averaging 17.1 points on 46.3 percent shooting for the season. Perkins’ 15.7-point career average is the highest for a Saint Louis player since 2001.

Jordan Goodwin is second to Perkins in scoring at 14.7 points per game and leads the team in rebounding at 10.5. The 6-foot-3 Goodman had 16 points and 12 boards at VCU on Tuesday for his 12th double-double of the season, which ranks first among all guards nationally. A finalist for the Jerry West Award given to the nation’s best shooting guard, he scored 26 points in last season’s 16-point win at Richmond.

How to make Saint Louis vs. Richmond picks

The model is leaning over on the total, projecting both teams combine for 148 points. It has also generated an against-the-spread pick that is hitting in well over 50 percent of simulations. You can only see the pick at SportsLine.

So who wins Richmond vs. Saint Louis? And which side of the spread hits in well over 50 percent of simulations? Visit SportsLine right now to see which side of the spread you need to jump on, all from the computer model that has crushed its college basketball picks.

Latest Odds:

Saint Louis Billikens
-4.5