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VCU vs. East Tennessee State - 12/22/14 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

East Tennessee State Buccaneers (6-2) at Virginia Commonwealth Rams (8-3)

College Basketball: Monday, December 22, 2014 at 7:00 pm (Siegel Center)

The Line: Virginia Commonwealth Rams -19 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds

TV: Comcast

The East Tennessee State Buccaneers and VCU Rams meet Monday at the Stuart C. Siegel Center.

The East Tennessee State Buccaneers have won five of their last six games and play their fifth true road game. On the season, East Tennessee State is averaging 77.7 points on 41.2 percent shooting and is allowing 75.6 points on 45.4 percent shooting. Jalen Riley is averaging 20 points and 3.5 assists while Rashawn Rembert is averaging 17.9 points on 44.8 percent shooting. Lester Wilson is the third player averaging double-digit points and A.J. Merriweather is grabbing 6.1 rebounds. The East Tennessee State Buccaneers are a quality offensive team that has six players averaging at least 5.6 points while the team is shooting 69.7 percent from the free throw line and 41.5 percent from deep. Defensively, East Tennessee State is forcing 14.9 turnovers per game and allowing 38.3 percent shooting from deep.

VCU vs. East Tennessee State - 12/22/14 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The VCU Rams have won five of their last eight games and hope to build some consistency. On the season, VCU is averaging 76.1 points on 43.6 percent shooting and is allowing 67.9 points on 45.3 percent shooting. Treveon Graham is averaging 16.6 points and 6.2 rebounds while Melvin Johnson is averaging 15.2 points on 44 percent shooting. Jordan Burgess is grabbing 4.5 rebounds and Briante Weber is averaging 5.8 assists. The VCU Rams have been a bit of a hit and miss defensively, as they’re forcing 16.8 turnovers per game but are allowing teams to shoot 38.1 percent from beyond the arc. Offensively, VCU is shooting 63.8 percent from the free throw line and 36.4 percent from deep.

The Buccaneers are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games following a ATS win and 20-6 ATS in their last 26 road games vs. a team with a winning home record. The Rams are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 home games and 2-5 ATS in their last 7 games following a S.U. win. 

This may be a bit of a let down game for VCU after a big road win over Cincy. While the Rams are going to win, they've been allowing too many outside shots for me to think they can cover such a large number. Give me the Bucs and the points. 

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East Tennessee State +19

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