Joe D'Amico's ESPN Atlantinc 10 Game of the Year
Virginia Commonwealth vs. Saint Louis,
03/17/2013 13:00 EDT,
Score: 56 - 62
Point Spread: -1½/-111 Saint Louis
Today's winner is St. Louis over VCU. This is my Atlantic 10 Game of the Year.
St. Louis spanked VCU, 76-62 a month ago. . Since then, they have each dropped one game but VCU's loss was to Temple as a 1-point favorite while St. Louis' defeat was a tough OT brawl against Xavier. The Billikens were LY's Tourney champ and this season, their "D" strikes fear in opposing squads, yielding a mere 58.2 PPG. This matchup they are overwhelmingly superior on the boards. Four players post DDs while their starting 5 lowest scorer. produces 9.3 PPG. They frustrate opponents and steal , steal, steal. VCU can score but that is the only offensive category in which they stand out. St. Louis' bench adds depth, talent, and experience. The Rams are 4-10 ATS their L14 games played overall, 4-10 ATS theirL14 games played vs. the Atlantic 10, and 3-9 ATS their L12 games played against teams with a winning record. The Billikins are 19-7 ATS their L26 games played overall, 18-7-2 ATS their L27 Game played vs. the Atlantic 10,and 8-0 ATS their L8 games played vs. teams with a winning record. Take St. Louis. Thank you.