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Virginia Commonwealth vs. Cincinnati - 12/19/15 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Cincinnati Bearcats (9-2) at Virginia Commonwealth Rams (5-4)

College Basketball: Saturday, December 19, 2015 at 4:00 pm (Siegel Center)

The Line: Virginia Commonwealth Rams +1.5 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds

TV: CBS Sports Network

The Cincinnati Bearcats and VCU Rams square off Saturday afternoon at the Stuart C. Siegel Center.

The Cincinnati Bearcats look to build on their impressive 9-2 start to the season. The Cincinnati Bearcats are averaging 82 points on 47.2 percent shooting and allowing 58.4 points on 36.1 percent shooting. Farad Cobb is averaging 11.7 points and 1.6 assists while Octavius Ellis is averaging 10.6 points and 7.8 rebounds. Gary Clark is grabbing eight rebounds and Troy Caupain is dishing 4.5 assists. The Cincinnati Bearcats are shooting 36.5 percent from beyond the arc and 67.8 percent from the free throw line. Cincinnati is allowing 35.5 percent shooting from deep and is forcing 14.8 turnovers per game. The Cincinnati Bearcats have won six of their last nine road games.

Virginia Commonwealth vs. Cincinnati - 12/19/15 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The VCU Rams need a feel good win after splitting their last eight games. The VCU Rams are averaging 74 points on 42.4 percent shooting and allowing 65 points on 43.4 percent shooting. Melvin Johnson is averaging 19.6 points and 2.3 assists while Korey Billbury is averaging 10.4 points and 5.4 rebounds. JeQuan Lewis is dishing 4.3 assists and Mo Alie-Cox is grabbing five rebounds. The VCU Rams are shooting 36.8 percent from beyond the arc and 69.6 percent from the free throw line. VCU is allowing 34.8 percent shooting from deep and is forcing 17 turnovers per game. The VCU Rams have won 10 of their last 13 home games.

The Bearcats are 5-2 ATS in their last 7 road games and 0-5 ATS in their last 5 games overall. The Rams are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 home games and 8-2 ATS in their last 10 games overall. 

VCU with its home crowd and pressure defense, an underdog? I'm not buying it. The Rams also have an improved offense while the Bearcats continue to struggle to score. VCU wins this game outright. 

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Virginia Commonwealth Rams +1.5

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