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Illinois State vs. VCU - 12/2/14 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Virginia Commonwealth Rams (4-2) at Illinois State Redbirds (3-2)

College Basketball: Tuesday, December 2, 2014 at 8:00 pm (Redbird Arena)

The Line: Illinois State Redbirds +4.5 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds

TV: ESPN3

The VCU Rams and Illinois State Redbirds play Tuesday night at the Redbird Arena.

The VCU Rams have lost two of their last three games and are looking for their first road win. On the season, VCU is averaging 79.2 points on 44.9 percent shooting and is allowing 71 points on 44.2 percent shooting. Treveon Graham leads VCU with 17.5 points and 6.2 rebounds while Melvin Johnson is averaging 16.8 points on 48 percent shooting. Briante Weber is averaging 5.4 assists and Jordan Burgess is shooting 58.6 percent from the field. The VCU Rams defense is doing a solid job of forcing more than 16 turnovers per game but the inconsistent offense has hurt them recently. VCU has been held under 70 points in both of its losses and is shooting just 62.7 percent from the free throw line on the season. The VCU Rams have lost four of their last six when scoring less than 70 points.

Illinois State vs. VCU - 12/2/14 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Illinois State Redbirds have won three of their last four and will be truly tested in this game. On the season, Illinois State is averaging 71.4 points on 42.3 percent shooting and is allowing 65.2 points on 42.2 percent shooting. DeVaughn Akoon-Purcell leads the Redbirds with 15.8 points and 5.8 rebounds while Bobby Hunter is averaging 12.4 points on 51.3 percent shooting. Daishon Knight is the third Illinois State player to average double-digit points and Paris Lee is averaging 3.4 assists. The Illinois State Redbirds have shown to be a balanced basketball team that’s forcing 50 turnovers and shooting 33.7 percent from beyond the arc. The main strength for Illinois State are the 38.6 rebounds they’re averaging per game, as they grabbed 50 rebounds in their last contest.  

The Rams are 5-1 ATS in their last 6 games following a ATS loss and 4-11 ATS in their last 15 games following a S.U. loss. The Redbirds are 5-16 ATS in their last 21 Tuesday games. 

VCU has to turn things around and this is the spot to do it. While we've been burned by VCU the last couple of games, there's too much value in getting the Rams in a low line. 

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VCU -4.5

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