2/17/2008 Saint Louis at Massachusetts Free Picks by Jimmy Boyd Print
Written by Anthony Rome   
Sunday, 17 February 2008 04:52

The Saint Louis Billikens takes on Massachusetts Sunday and Jimmy Boyd suggests putting 1 unit on Saint Louis to cover the spread. Oddmakers from online sportsbook Bodog opened the betting line at Massachusetts –7.5.

Boyd writes: St. Louis is 4-1 SU and 5-0 ATS in the last 5 meetings in this series. The Billikens are rolling while the Minutemen are folding so we'll take the points today. UMass has dropped back-to-back games and 5 of its last 7. It is 0-4 ATS in its last 4 games. Saint Louis has won 2 in a row and 4 of its last 6 games. It is 4-0 ATS in its last 4. UMass may be 8-3 at home this season, but it is only 1-8 ATS in home lined games. It is just 3-7 ATS in Atlantic 10 play. Saint Louis is 15-4 ATS in February games over the last 3 seasons and 11-1 ATS after allowing 55 points or less in a win against a conference rival since 1997. The Billikens have it going defensively and that will keep this one within the number.

Public betting information shows that of the 1,362 wagers currently placed on tonight’s game, 50% of bettors like the Massachusetts to cover the 7.5-point spread against the Saint Louis Billikens. Accuscore has Massachusetts as a 74% favorite.

The top three scorers for Saint Louis are Kevin Lisch (15.1 points per game, 3.7 assists, 5.2 rebounds), Tommie Liddell III (13.2 points per game, 2.6 assists, 7.4 rebounds) and Luke Meyer (9.7 points per game, 2.1 assists and 6.3 rebounds). The top three scorers for Massachusetts are Gary Forbes (22.6 points per game, 3.4 assists, 9.3 rebounds), Ricky Harris (13.5 points per game, 1.7 assists and 3.0 rebounds) and Etienne Brower (11.8 points per game, 1.6 assists and 7.2 rebounds).

Currently, Massachusetts is 15-9 on the season, while Saint Louis is 14-10. Saint Louis is 11-9 against the spread overall, while Massachusetts is 9-12.

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