The La Salle Explorers are on the road looking for a sweep of the Saint Louis Billikens this season. La Salle defeated Saint Louis by a score of 82-75 in their most impressive win of the season two weeks ago on February 3. Saint Louis were down four at halftime, 36-32, and never were able to get on track in the second-half either. It was a sloppy effort from the team that was ranked earlier in the season.
Saint Louis is still a good team that can win the Atlantic 10, but don’t deserve to be in the top-25. The Atlantic 10 is highly competitive. There are seven teams that could win that conference, beginning with VCU and ending with Dayton. It’s shaping up to be quite the conference tournament in the Atlantic 10. Saint Louis has only played five conference games because of cancellations. Overall, the Billikens are 10-3 on the season and 3-2 in the Atlantic 10.
The Billikens are coming off a 68-40 win over Fordham on the road on Saturday. It was a solid win for Saint Louis, as they were able to record their third straight win. The loss against La Salle on February 3 appeared to serve as a wake up call for Saint Louis. It was their second loss in a row following a 76-71 loss against Dayton. They’ve been getting back to basics since that stretch. La Salle cannot expect to see a similar effort from Saint Louis on Tuesday night as they did at home a couple of weeks ago.
We know that the Billikens can be a good team when they want to be. This is a team that defeated the LSU Tigers, 85-81, and also were winners over NC State, 80-69. Also credit their effort against a dangerous Minnesota squad. The Billikens might have come up short, but it wasn’t a poor effort at all in a 90-82 loss. It is easy to see why Saint Louis was ranked at one point this season. Head below for our free La Salle vs. Saint Louis pick on February 16, 2021.
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La Salle has to understand that the Billikens are a totally different animal when they’re home at Chaifetz Arena. Saint Louis has gone 1-2 on the road, though at home, the Billikens have been tough to stop. They are 9-1 playing on their own campus. If La Salle goes into Tuesday night with an attitude like this is going to be the same as their 82-75 win, then the Explorers are not going to make this a competitive game.
They will likely get run off the floor. The defensive performance for Saint Louis against La Salle in their first meeting was disappointing. The usually strong Billikens’ defense wasn’t present in that matchup. Nevertheless, Saint Louis is 44th in the country with 64.1 points conceded per game. Minnesota and La Salle are two of the only teams that were able to dice the Billikens up with ease.
Saint Louis has allowed an average of just 62.1 points per game at home. After La Salle chewed them up for 82 points, expect Saint Louis to return with a much better game plan in this one. And note that La Salle has scored just 65.1 points per game on the road in 2020-21. Saint Louis can score when they’re interested in playing up to their full potential. The Billikens are 48th in the NCAA with 78.6 points per game. They have a top-50 offense and top-50 defense.
Usually that would be good enough, but playing in the competitive Atlantic 10 doesn’t guarantee anything for the Billikens. I’m expecting a tenfold better effort from Saint Louis as opposed to the meeting at La Salle University in Philadelphia. Home court has mattered a lot over the years for La Salle and Saint Louis. The home team has covered 12-3-1 in their last 16 games. Expect Saint Louis to pull away for a 20-point win or thereabout on Tuesday night.