UMass vs. Saint Louis,
01/09/2019 21:00 EDT,
Score: 62 - 65
Point Spread: +8½/-108 UMass
*3 Star Play on UMass* The UMass Minutemen are coming off a couple disappointing losses. UMass has been up and down this year. The Minutemen have a great road win at Providence and they lost by only two at Temple. They have also been beaten by Howard and LaSalle.
St. Louis is a talented team, but they weren't deep to start with, and the recent news that Carte'Are Gordon is transferring from the program was a big hit to this team. Gordon was one of the highest rated recruits St. Louis has ever gotten. Gordon was a defensive beast in the middle and was progressing on offense. They'll miss him. Look for St. Louis to play with a 7 man rotation most of the time now.
The Billikens have played a ton of close games this year. St. Louis has 10 wins, but only one of those was by more than 12 points. They trailed Troy, North Alabama, Central Arkansas, and UNC Central into the second half. They have been able to escape in those games, but it is definitely a warning sign.
UMass is the deeper team, and this sets up as a relatively low scoring game where grabbing this many points looks valuable to me.