College Basketball Picks: Richmond vs. St. Bonaventure 3/4/22

by | Mar 4, 2022 | cbb

Richmond Spiders (19-11 SU, 13-16-1 ATS) vs. Saint Bonaventure Bonnies (19-8 SU, 11-15-1 ATS)

When: Friday March 04 2022, 7:00 PM PM (ET)

Where: Reilly Center

Point Spread: Richmond +3/Richmond -3 at Bookmaker - The world’s biggest online sportsbook!

Total: 138

Money Line: Spiders 142/Saint Bonaventure -74

Key Injuries

Richmond
No Reported Injuries

Saint Bonaventure
Osun Osunniyi: Anke (QUESTIONABLE), Linton Brown: Illness (OUT), Anouar Mellouk Undisclosed (Out)

Recent Form

The Richmond Spiders come into this matchup with an overall record of 19-11. On the season, the Spiders have performed well in their 17 conference games, posting a record of 10-7. This mark is good for 5th in the Atlantic 10. In addition to playing well in the Atlantic 10, Richmond has performed well on the road. Through 15 games, the Spiders are 8-7 away from home. Over their last five games, they have played above .500 basketball, holding a record of 3-2.

The Saint Bonaventure Bonnies get set to host the Spiders with an overall record of 19-8. On the season, the Bonnies have performed well in their 16 conference games, posting a record of 11-5. This mark is good for 3rd in the Atlantic 10. In addition to playing well in the Atlantic 10, Saint Bonaventure has performed well at home. Through 14 games, the Bonnies are 12-2 at home. Over their last 5 games, they have played above .500 basketball, holding a record of 4-1.

Key Players

The Richmond Spiders come into this game with a balanced scoring attack, as 3 players are averaging at least 10 points per game. So far, 57.0% of the team’s points have come from these 3 players. The leader of this group is Tyler Burton, averaging 16.4 points per game. On the season, 44.0% of his points have come from inside the arc, where he is shooting 52.0%. Burton has also been working hard on the glass, pulling down 7.4 boards per game. The Spiders’ second-leading scorer is Grant Golden adding 14.5 points per game. Thus far, he has a field goal percentage of 52.0%.

Like their opponent, the St Bonaventure Bonnies features a lineup wilth several players capable of sharing the scoring load, as 5 players are averaging at least 10 points per game. So far, 86.0% of the team’s points have come from these 5 players. The leader of this group is Jalen Adaway, averaging 15.8 points per game. On the season, 61.0% of his points have come from inside the arc, where he is shooting 52.0%. The Bonnies’ second-leading scorer is Jaren Holmes adding 13.6 points per game. Thus far, he has a field goal percentage of 39.0%. Down low, Osun Osunniyi is the team’s top rebounder, grabbing 7.6 per game.

Efficiency Outlook

For the season, the Richmond Spiders are averaging 72.5 points per game, good for a rank of 115th in the NCAA. When playing on the road, the Spiders’ scoring average drops to 71 points per game. On the other side, the Saint Bonaventure Bonnies are the 161st ranked offense, averaging 70.6 points per game. So far, Saint Bonaventure is scoring an additional 7.0 points per game when playing at home. The Bonnies are also playing slightly better defense in their home arena, giving up 66.0 points per game.

Richmond comes into this matchup as the more efficient scoring team. In these games, the Spiders have a record of 14-7 on an average scoring margin of +5.0. Even though Saint Bonaventure trails Richmond on the offensive end of the court, they enter this game holding the edge on defense. So far, the Bonnies are 12-4 with an edge in defensive efficiency. In these games, they hold an average scoring margin of +10.0.

Betting Trends Worth Noting

  • Spiders are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 games following a straight up loss.
  • Spiders are 14-5-1 ATS in their last 20 road games.
  • Bonnies are 4-1-1 ATS in their last 6 games as a favorite.
  • Bonnies are 5-2 ATS in their last 7 home games vs. a team with a winning road record.

Joe’s Pick Against the Spread

These teams mirror each other in everything from record to statistics. It’s likely that the game stays close throughout and has a very small final score margin. I’m betting the underdog Spiders plus the points! Starting this week, we’re ramping up our covering of college hoops! Each day, you’ll be able to read at least 5 articles with picks! Be sure to bookmark our college basketball picks page!