Atlantic 10 Tournament Betting Preview: Saint Louis Billikens vs. St. Bonaventure Bonnies – Sunday, March 17, 2019

by | Mar 16, 2019 | NCAA Basketball

Matchup at a Glance

Where: Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York

When: Sunday March 17th at 1:00 PM ET

Spread: St. Bonaventure -1

Total: 121.5

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BookMaker has the St. Bonaventure Bonnies listed as 1 point favorites over the Saint Louis Billikens. The St. Bonaventure Bonnies enter this game with a record of 18-15 and have won four of their last five games including three wins in a row and are coming off a win over Rhode Island on Saturday by a score of 68-51.

The St. Louis Billikens enter this game with a record of 22-12 and have won four of their last five games including three wins in a row and are coming off a win on Saturday against Davidson by a score of 67-44. Let’s take a closer look at these two teams and we’ll start with the underdog Saint Louis Billikens.

Saint Louis Billikens

The Billikens are 22-12 overall and 15-18-1 ATS.  The Saint Louis Billikens need this win in order to get into the NCAA Tournament because they are likely looking at the NIT if they lose this game. Saint Louis is 15-18-1 ATS overall, 10-11 ATS after a win, 7-5 ATS as an underdog and 11-10 ATS in conference games.

Javon Bess leads the team in scoring with 500 points. Jordan Goodwin leads the team in assists and steals with 119 assists and 62 steals. Hasahn French leads the team in rebounds and blocks with 277 rebounds and 60 blocks.

Saint Louis is averaging 67.41 points per game which ranks 231st in college basketball. They are averaging 13.79 offensive rebounds per game which is above the 10.08 average for the rest of college basketball. They are averaging 12.97 assists per game which is below the 13.38 average for the rest of college basketball.

The Billikens are allowing 64.06 points per game which is below the 72.44 average for the rest of college basketball. They are averaging 26 defensive rebounds per game which is above the 25.23 average for the rest of college basketball. They are averaging 7.12 steals which is above the 6.36 average for the rest of college basketball.

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St. Bonaventure Bonnies

The Bonnies are 18-15 overall and 16-16-1 ATS.  The St. Bonaventure Bonnies are likely going to need the automatic bid by winning this game if they have any hope of any postseason tournament. St. Bonaventure is 16-16-1 ATS overall, 9-8 ATS after a win, 12-4 ATS as a favorite and 12-8 ATS in conference games.

Kyle Lofton leads the team in scoring, assists and steals with 461 points, 118 assists and 46 steals. Osun Osunniyi leads the team in rebounds and blocks with 241 rebounds and 84 blocks.

St. Bonaventure is averaging 66.55 points per game which ranks 242nd in college basketball. They are averaging 9.79 offensive rebounds per game which is below the 10.08 average for the rest of college basketball. They are averaging 12.36 assists per game which is below the 13.38 average for the rest of college basketball.

The Bonnies are allowing 63.33 points per game which ranks 16th in college basketball. They are averaging 24.79 defensive rebounds per game which is below the 25.23 average for the rest of college basketball. They are averaging 5.97 steals per game which is below the 6.36 average for the rest of college basketball.

St. Bonaventure gets the win to get the automatic bid

Both of these teams need to win this game in order to make the NCAA tournament as the loser will not make the tournament. The Bonnies have owned this series as of late winning nine of the last ten and the last three games in this series. St. Bonaventure is 8-2 ATS in their last ten match-ups with Saint Louis while outscoring the Billikens by an average of 68.60 to 58.70 in those games.

The Bonnies are 3-0 ATS in their last three meetings with the Billikens while outscoring Saint Louis be an average of 69.67 to 56.33 in those contests. I look for those trends to continue in this one with a St. Bonaventure win in the A10 Conference Championship game on Sunday against Saint Louis earning their ticket to the dance. Make sure to bet this match-up on BookMaker.

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