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VCU vs. Ohio State NCAA Tournament - 3/19/15 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Ohio State Buckeyes (14-4) at Virginia Commonwealth Rams (12-5)

College Basketball: Thursday, March 19, 2015 at 4:40 pm (Moda Center)

The Line: Virginia Commonwealth Rams +2.5 -- Over/Under: 136.5 See the Latest Odds

TV: TNT

The VCU Rams and the Ohio State Buckeyes face off on Thursday in Portland in a first round game of the West Region of the NCAA Tournament.

The VCU Rams are 26-9 this season and they are the champions of the A-10 Tournament earning them a seven seed I the NCAA Tournament. VCU is averaging 72.5 points and they are shooting 42 percent while defensively they are allowing 65.5 points and their opponents are shooting 43.3 percent. Treveon Graham leads the Rams averaging 16.2 points and 6.8 rebounds per game. Melvin Johnson is averaging 12.4 points, JeQuan Lewis averaging 8.2 points, and Mo Alie-Cox is averaging 7.2 points and 5.7 rebounds. VCU is 10-3 outside of the A-10 and 6-1 in neutral site games.

VCU vs. Ohio State NCAA Tournament - 3/19/15 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Ohio State Buckeyes are 23-10 this season and are a 10th seed in the NCAA Tournament’s West Region. OSU is averaging 75.8 points and they are shooting 48.6 percent while defensively they are allowing 62.4 points and defensively they are allowing 40.5 percent. D’Angelo Russell leads the Buckeyes averaging 19.3 points and 5.6 rebounds per game. Sam Thompson is averaging 10.2 points, Marc Loving is averaging 9.7 points, and Jae’Sean Tate is averaging 8.8 points. Ohio State is 11-2 outside of the Big Ten and 1-2 in neutral site games.

Virginia Commonwealth is 4-1 against the spread in neutral site games, 12-3 against the spread in NCAA Tournament games, and 2-5-1 against the spread in Thursday games. Ohio State is 2-10 against the spread in neutral site games, 10-2-1 against the spread following a game that they didn’t cover the point spread, and 6-2 against the spread following a loss.

With the total at 136.5 I have this one sliding over and that is my free pick. My stronger play is on who will cover the spread and I will post that in the Premium Area as well as on the App. 

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Over 136.5

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