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VCU vs. Belmont - 12/16/14 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Belmont Bruins (7-3) at Virginia Commonwealth Rams (6-3)

College Basketball: Tuesday, December 16, 2014 at 7:00 pm (Siegel Center)

The Line: Virginia Commonwealth Rams -14 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds

TV: MASN

The Virginia Commonwealth Rams and the Belmont Bruins face off on Tuesday at the Stuart Siegel Center in college basketball action.

The VCU Rams are no longer a novelty act as now every year the expectations for Shaka Smart’s team are raised. VCU is 6-2 this season and they are averaging 76.8 points and they are shooting 43.2 percent from the floor while defensively they are allowing 72.1 points and their opponents are shooting 47.6 percent. Treveon Graham is averaging 17.8 points and 6.6 rebounds to led the Rams. Melvin Johnson is averaging 16.3 points, Briante Weber is averaging 8.9 points, and Jordan Burgess is averaging 8.2 points. VCU has played the second toughest schedule in the nation and they have a 10 RPI.

VCU vs. Belmont - 12/16/14 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Belmont Bruins are 7-3 this season but they have lost their last two games. Belmont is averaging 73.3 points and they are shooting 45.3 percent while defensively they are allowing 68.4 points and their opponents are shooting 43.2 percent. Craig Bradshaw leads he Bruins averaging 21.2 points per game but he is doubtful for this one. Taylor Barnette is averaging 12.2 points but is questionable, Evan Bradds is averaging 13 points and 6.1 rebounds, and Reece Chamberlain is averaging 8.9 points and 7.3 rebounds. Belmont is no stranger to the NCAA Tournament but without their top scorer this could be a bad spot.

VCU is 0-4 against the spread in their last four home games, 0-5 against the spread following a win, and 0-4 against the spread in their last four non-conference games. Belmont is 6-1 against the spread in their last seven road games, 7-3 against the spread following a game that they didn’t cover the spread, and 5-2 against the spread against a team with a winning record.

This is a big number but while Belmont’s numbers indicate they can put numbers up, they will need everything they have and because of the injuries they likely won’t have that so the play is VCU.

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VCU Rams -14

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