CBB: High Point vs Saint Louis Preview and Prediction
College basketball season is here–and as we have done for the last few years, MFST will be previewing and predicting the winners of all of the games each day. We pride ourselves on our love for the mid-majors, so you can count on us for all of your game previews and analysis. This year, we will be keeping track on our picks against the spread–the last two years we have had better than a 50% pick-rate ATS. Let’s make the 2019-20 season the most profitable yet…
High Point vs Saint Louis Preview
The High Point University men’s basketball team (0-4) closes out its mid-week road trip for the Gotham Classic at Saint Louis University (3-1) on Wednesday.
High Point is coming off of a 90-51 loss at 2019 NCAA Tournament team Belmont on Monday (Nov. 18). Freshman John Michael-Wright led the team with 11 points. The Panthers, led by head coach Tubby Smith are severely lacking in the talent department–and while the future might be bright, this year’s team has not been competitive to open the season. They play multiple freshman a lot of minutes and the recruiting effort has been mediocre for a while (not that recruiting is easy at High Point).
Their games have gone like this:
Loss- William & Mary, 70-56
Loss- Wofford, 89-61
Loss- Boston College, 59-33
Loss- Belmont, 90-51
The Billikens won their first three games of the season before dropping an 83-66 contest last Sunday (Nov. 19) against No. 12-ranked Seton Hall. Saint Louis earned wins versus Florida Gulf Coast, Valparaiso and Eastern Washington a part of a season-opening six-game homestand.
Jordan Goodwin leads the Billikens in scoring with 15.3 points a game, shooting 50 percent from the field and 44 percent beyond the arc. The junior also contributes below the basket with 7.3 rebounds a contest. Fellow junior Hasahn French is second on the team with 15 points per game, while leading the team with 7.5 rebounds per game.
SLU is led by head coach Travis Ford. Who enters his fourth season at the helm. Ford previously spent eight seasons as the head bench boss at Oklahoma State, leading the Cowboys to five NCAA Tournament appearances. Prior to OSU, Ford had head coaching gigs at UMass and Eastern Kentucky, while leading the Colonels to the NCAA Tournament in 2004-05.
LINE: Saint Louis -22.5
Score Prediction: Saint Louis 80 High Point 50
Dan’s Bet: Saint Louis -22.5