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Virginia Commonwealth Rams vs. Davidson Wildcats - 1/7/15 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Davidson Wildcats (10-2) at Virginia Commonwealth Rams (11-3)

College Basketball: Wednesday, January 7, 2015 at 7:00 pm (Siegel Center)

The Line: Virginia Commonwealth Rams -8 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds

TV: MASN

The Davidson Wildcats will take on the VCU Rams at the Stuart C. Siegal Center this Wednesday night.

The Davidson Wildcats improved to 10-2 (1-0 A-10) after defeating the Richmond Spiders 81-67 this past Saturday. The Wildcats outrebounded the Spiders by a 34-25 margin and shot an impressive 52.9% from the field. Leading the way for Davidson was Jack Gibbs who had 32 points, 6 rebounds, and 4 assists. Davidson is currently ranked 46th in the RPI Standings and has played the 203rd ranked SOS. On the season, the Wildcats have been led by Jack Gibbs (17.4 ppg, 4.2 rpg, 4.8 apg, 1.8 spg) and Tyler Kalinoski (16.8 ppg, 5.8 rpg, 3.6 apg). Offensively, Davidson is averaging 85.8 ppg (ranked 3rd) on 48.6% shooting (ranked 24th). The Wildcats average 11.3 three-pointers per game (ranked 3rd) on 40.8% shooting (ranked 7th). Davidson has a 1.76 assist/turnover ratio (ranked 1st). Defensively, the Wildcats are allowing their opponents to average 70.4 ppg (ranked 276th) on 43.4% shooting (ranked 222nd). Davidson average 28.08 defensive rpg (ranked 19th) and 39.75 total rpg (ranked 34th).

Virginia Commonwealth Rams vs. Davidson Wildcats - 1/7/15 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The 20th ranked VCU Rams won their 6th straight game and improved to 11-3 (1-0 A-10) on the season after defeating the Fordham Rams 75-58 this past Sunday. The Rams shot 49.1% from the field and forced Fordham to commit 28 turnovers in the victory. Leading the way for VCU was Briante Weber who had 14 points, 7 rebounds, and 6 steals. The Rams are currently ranked 5th in the RPI Rankings and have played the top-ranked SOS. On the season, VCU have been led by Treveon Graham (16.4 ppg, 6.6 rpg, 1.7 apg) and Briante Weber (7.8 ppg, 3.8 rpg, 4.7 apg, 4.1 spg). Offensively, the Rams are averaging 76.3 ppg (ranked 31st) on 44.4% shooting (ranked 137th). VCU averages 9.0 three-pointers per game (ranked 14th). The Rams have a 7.2 turnover margin (ranked 3rd). Defensively, VCU is allowing an average of 66.3 ppg (ranked 189th) on 43.7% shooting (ranked 229th). The Rams average 10.9 steals per game (ranked 4th). VCU averages 22.43 defensive rpg (ranked 275th) and 35.0 total rpg (ranked 181st).

The Wildcats are 6-0 ATS in their last 6 games following a S.U. win and 14-3 ATS in their last 17 road games. The Rams are 6-1-1 ATS in their last 8 games vs. the A-10 however, just 2-5 ATS in their last 7 home games.

VCU had a very tough non-conference schedule with games against Villanova, ODU, Virginia and Northern Iowa. The Rams “Havoc” defense is still causing tons of turnovers however, teams have been able to score against the Rams if they are able to get past the pressure. Davidson is one of the top offensive teams in the country and I think their guard play is good enough to handle the VCU pressure defensive. This is going to be one of the best games of the night, and I think that Davidson will keep it close. I’m taking the Wildcats and the points in this one!

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