Middle Tennessee vs. Virginia Commonwealth - 12/2/15 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Virginia Commonwealth Rams (4-2) at Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders (4-1)
College Basketball: Wednesday, December 2, 2015 at 9:00 pm (Murphy Center)
The Line: Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders +3 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
TV: Fox Sports Networks
The VCU Rams will travel to the Murphy Athletic Center to take on the Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders this Wednesday night in College Basketball action.
The VCU Rams won their 2nd straight game and improved to 4-2 (0-0 A-10) on the season after defeating the Old Dominion Monarchs, 76-67, this past Saturday. VCU hit back-to-back three pointers with under two minutes in the game to help pull away from the Monarchs for the victory. VCU shot 47.9% from the field and 43.5% (10-23) from beyond the arc in the victory. The Rams allowed Old Dominion to shoot 42.9% from the field and 50.0% (11-22) from three-point range. Leading the way for VCU was JeQuan Lewis who had 16 points, 2 rebounds, 3 assists, and 3 steals from off the bench. On the season, the Rams have been led by Melvin Johnson (17.3 ppg, 2.2 apg, 1.7 spg), Korey Billbury (11.0 ppg, 5.3 rpg, 2.3 apg), and Mo Alie-Cox (9.0 ppg, 4.5 rpg, 1.5 bpg). Offensively, VCU is averaging 76.5 ppg on 44.2% shooting from the field. The Rams are shooting 38.6% from beyond the arc and have an assist/turnover ratio of 1.33. Defensively, VCU is holding their opponents to an average of 64.7 ppg on 44.6% shooting. The Rams average 11.2 spg and have a turnover margin of 5.8.
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The Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders won their 4th straight game to improve to 4-1 (0-0 C-USA) on the season after defeating the Toledo Rockets, 78-70, this past Sunday. Middle Tennessee used a 10-0 run midway through the 2nd half to take control of the game and get the victory. Middle Tennessee shot 52.8% from the field and 43.5% (10-23) from beyond the arc. The Blue Raiders allowed Toledo to shoot 46.4% from the field and held the Rockets to 28.6% (6-21) shooting from three-point range. Leading the way for Middle Tennessee was Giddy Potts who had 15 points, 6 rebounds, 4 assists, and 2 steals. On the season the Blue Raiders have been led by Giddy Potts (15.4 ppg, 4.8 rpg), Reggie Upshaw (11.8 ppg, 6.8 rpg, 2.2 apg), and Darnell Harris (9.2 ppg, 5.2 rpg). Offensively, Middle Tennessee is averaging 70.0 ppg on 45.7% shooting. The Blue Raiders average 8.2 three-pointers per game on 39.4% three-point shooting. Defensively, Middle Tennessee is allowing their opponents to average 69.0 ppg on 42.2% shooting. The Blue Raiders have a rebound margin of 1.8 and a turnover margin of -1.0.
The Rams are 6-0 ATS in their last 6 games following an S.U. win and 7-0 ATS in their last 7 games overall. The Blue Raiders are 16-6-1 ATS in their last 23 home games however, just 2-5 ATS in their last 7 games overall.
VCU is playing well under new head coach Will Wade as the Rams only two losses this season have come in close games against Duke and Wisconsin. Middle Tennessee is a young team but has had a solid start the season and have to be impressed with the improvement that Sophomore Giddy Potts has made over the off season. Middle Tennessee is a tough place to play however, however the Blue Raiders are still a young team that can turn the ball over. I think VCU uses their strong defense to create a lot points off turnovers and covers this small road spread. Take VCU to cover.