Villanova vs. VCU - 11/24/14 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Virginia Commonwealth Rams (3-0) at Villanova Wildcats (3-0)
College Basketball: Monday, November 24, 2014 at 7:00 pm (Barclays Center)
The Line: Villanova Wildcats -1 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
The VCU Rams and the Villanova Wildcats face off on Monday in Brooklyn in college basketball action.
The VCU Rams are off to a 3-0 start and he expectations are high as Shaka Smart’s team looks to be loaded. VCU opened by crushing Tennessee and then knocked off Toledo and UMES. Virginia Commonwealth is averaging 92.7 points and they are shooting 47.6 percent from the floor and 40.2 percent from beyond the three-point arc while defensively they are allowing 71 points and their opponents shoot 43.4 percent against VCU’s swarming defense. Melvin Johnson leads the Rams averaging 18.3 points per game. Treveon Graham is averaging 18 points and 8.3 rebounds, Terry Larrier is averaging 10.7 points and Jordan Burgess and Briante Weber are averaging 10 points each. Last year VCU started the season slow but in the end they were in the NCAA Tournament as usual.
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The Villanova Wildcats are 3-0 this season and they are ranked 12th in the nation. Villanova is coming off of a seven-point win over Bucknell, which was a little too close for comfort. Villanova is averaging 76.7 points per game and they are shooting 43.8 percent including 26.3 percent from beyond the three-point arc while defensively they are allowing 58.3 points and their opponents are shooting 46.4 percent. Dylan Ennis leads Villanova averaging 15 points and 5.3 rebounds per game. Ryan Arcidiacono is averaging 12 points, Daniel Ochefu is averaging 10 points and 9.3 rebounds, and Darrun Hillard is averaging 10 points. Villanova is averaging 12.3 steals per game while turning the ball over 9.3 times.
VCU is 5-2 against the spread in their last seven neutral site games, 5-2-1 against the spread following a win, and 2-6 against the spread following a win by 20 or more points. Villanova is 4-1 against the spread against a team with a winning record, 3-1-1 against the spread against the A-10, and 20-8 against the spread following a win.
Villanova just looks to be the better team right now as I don’t see VCU being able to pull this one out.