SLU vs UMASS Game Preview: The Saint Louis Billikens are currently 13-5 beating Richmond and UMass in their last two games. This is important because every conference gets one automatic bid. With no conference last year due to COVID-19, Saint Louis is still the defending champions in the A-10 Conference.
However, things haven’t been too easy for the team because there were some very close losses like most recently to VCU. There were other games where they shouldn’t have been outrebounded by their opponents.
Losses to Dayton have blemished their chances of possibly being in the top 25. This means the team will have to most likely win the tournament to have a chance to take part in March Madness.
The Cream of the Conference?
The Billikens lead the conference in rebounding margin led by Jordan Goodwin’s conference-high 10.3 rebounds per game. Alongside Goodwin, his teammate Hasahn French is averaging 7.1 RPG. French is also a maestro at making the opposition turn the ball over. He forces close to two turnovers a game.
The two great rebounders on the team were named to the 2020 A-10 All-Defensive Team. They are poised to make a deep run and possibly win and solidify their ticket to the dance.
It is important to note that Saint Louis has the best margin of victory in the conference with a +11.7. They are also a top 50 team in the scoring defense in the country.
Saint Louis will be matched up against UMass who they beat three days ago in a blowout win 78-57. It wasn’t much of a battle as Saint Louis was up 42-31 in the first half. The tale of the second half was the same as the Billikens outscored the Minuteman 36- 26.
Saint Louis earned a double buy in the win Javote Perkins scored 16 points on 6-13 shooting. Jordan Goodwin didn’t have a good game shooting-wise but contributed in other ways on the court. He had 13 points, 11 rebounds, and 8 assists.
Hasahn French added 12 points with six rebounds. The bench also contributed to the big win as they scored 35 of the 78 points.
Noah Fernandez led the way for UMass with 16 points on 6-11 shooting from the field. He also shot 4-8 from behind the arc. His teammate Carl Pierre added 12 points and Tre Mitchell added 10 points. The bench was nonexistent as they had 13 points on 5-12 shooting.
UMASS vs St. Joseph
Defensively, Saint Joseph was allowing their opponents to average 82.6 ppg on 46.9% shooting from the field. The Hawks had a rebound margin of -7.0 and a turnover margin of -1.3. UMASS definitely took advantage of that as the Hawks looked lost heading into halftime.
It wasn’t much of a fight as UMass put up 59 points in the first half as Saint Joseph managed to only put up only 66 points the whole game. UMass was able to put 100 points and had six players in double figures.
Picking the SLU vs UMASS Game
The A-10 defending champions will look to beat a team that they routed a couple of days ago. UMass will have to out-rebound Saint Louis to have a chance in succeeding. Saint Louis has too many options on both the offensive and defensive end of the court. Expect a similar result and Saint Louis to move on.