VCU vs. Saint Joseph's - 1/10/15 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Saint Joseph's Hawks (6-7) at Virginia Commonwealth Rams (12-3)
College Basketball: Saturday, January 10, 2015 at 2:00 pm (Siegel Center)
The Line: Virginia Commonwealth Rams -14 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
TV: CBS Sports Network
The Saint Joseph's Hawks and VCU Rams square off Saturday at the Stuart C. Siegel Center.
The Saint Joseph's Hawks have lost three straight games and play their seventh true road game. On the season, Saint Joseph’s is averaging 61.5 points on 40.6 percent shooting and is allowing 64.2 points on 43.6 percent shooting. DeAndre Bembry is averaging 16.1 points and 6.5 rebounds while Isaiah Miles is averaging 10.6 points and 5.4 rebounds. Chris Wilson is grabbing 4.3 rebounds and Shavar Newkirk is dishing three assists. The Saint Joseph's Hawks are a defensive team that’s allowing 34.7 percent shooting from deep and has allowed 64 or less points in five of their last eight games. Offensively, Saint Joseph's is shooting 62.5 percent from the free throw line and 26.1 percent from beyond the arc. The Saint Joseph’s Hawks are 2-4 SU on the road this season.
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The VCU Rams have won seven straight games and hope to remain undefeated in conference play. On the season, VCU is averaging 75.9 points on 44.3 percent shooting and is allowing 66.2 points on 43.2 percent shooting. Treveon Graham is averaging 16.3 points and 6.8 rebounds while Melvin Johnson is averaging 13.8 points and 2.2 assists. Jordan Burgess is grabbing 4.2 rebounds and Briante Weber is dishing 4.1 assists. The VCU Rams are averaging 11 steals per game and have allowed 65 or less points in six straight games. However, VCU is allowing teams to shoot 36.5 percent from downtown. Offensively, VCU is shooting 63.2 percent from the line and 35.9 percent from beyond the arc.
The Hawks are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 vs. Atlantic 10 and 8-1 ATS in their last 9 Saturday games. The Rams are 6-2-1 ATS in their last 9 vs. Atlantic 10 and 2-6 ATS in their last 8 home games. The Hawks are 4-0 ATS in the last 4 meetings.
VCU really hasn't been blowing teams out consistenly this season and hasn't been great against the number on its home court. Meanwhile, Saint Joseph's is a battle tested team that's covered the last four matchups against the Rams. Give me the points here.