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VCU vs. St. Bonaventure - 1/24/16 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

St. Bonaventure Bonnies (12-5) at Virginia Commonwealth Rams (14-5)

College Basketball: Sunday, January 24, 2016 at 3:00 pm (Siegel Center)

The Line: Virginia Commonwealth Rams -9.5 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds

TV: NBCSN

The St. Bonaventure Bonnies will travel to the Stuart C. Siegel Center to take on the VCU Rams this Sunday afternoon in College Basketball action.

The St. Bonaventure Bonnies lost their 2nd straight game and dropped to 12-5 (4-2 A-10) on the season after being defeated by the Dayton Flyers, 85-79, this past Tuesday. St. Bonaventure was down by a 45-18 margin at halftime and although they made a solid run to get back in the game, couldn’t pull out the come from behind win. St. Bonaventure shot 41.3% from the field and 88.9% (16-18) from the FT line. The Bonnies allowed the Flyers to shoot 57.1% from the field and 60.0% (9-15) from beyond the arc. Leading the way for St. Bonaventure was Jaylen Adams who had 27 points, 5 rebounds, 6 assists, and 3 steals. On the season, the Bonnies have been led by Marcus Posley (18.5 ppg, 3.6 rpg, 3.5 apg, 1.4 spg), Jaylen Adams (18.2 ppg, 3.5 rpg, 5.0 apg, 1.3 spg), and Dion Wright (15.8 ppg, 8.6 rpg, 1.1 apg, 1.1 spg). Offensively, St. Bonaventure is averaging 77.5 ppg on 44.3% shooting from the field and 36.3% shooting from beyond the arc. The Bonnies average 8.1 three-pointers per game and have an assist/turnover ratio of 1.21. Defensively, St. Bonaventure is allowing their opponents to average 71.8 ppg on 43.7% from the field. The Bonnies average 3.6 blocks per game and have a turnover margin of 2.5.

VCU vs. St. Bonaventure - 1/24/16 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The VCU Rams won their 9th consecutive game and improved to 14-5 (6-0 A-10) on the season after defeating the Duquesne Dukes, 93-71, this past Wednesday. VCU stormed out to a 44-31 lead at halftime and never let the Dukes get within single digits in the 2nd half in the victory. VCU was outstanding on the offensive end in the victory as they shot 52.5% from the field and 58.8% (10-17) from beyond the arc. The Rams held the Dukes to 43.9% shooting from the field and forced Duquesne to commit 18 turnovers. Leading the way for VCU was Doug Brooks who had 16 points, 3 rebounds, 4 assists, 5 steals, and a block. On the season, the Rams have been led by Melvin Johnson (18.2 ppg, 2.4 rpg, 2.4 apg, 1.7 spg), Korey Billbury (12.1 ppg, 5.2 rpg, 1.5 apg, 1.3 spg), and JeQuan Lewis (10.0 ppg, 2.0 rpg, 4.8 apg, 1.6 spg). Offensively, VCU is averaging 77.7 ppg on 44.4% shooting from the field and 38.4% shooting from beyond the arc. The Rams average 7.9 three-pointers per game and have an assist/turnover ratio of 1.25. Defensively, VCU is holding their opponents to an average of 66.3 ppg on 43.9% shooting. The Rams average 10.1 steals per game and have a turnover margin of 5.5.

The Bonnies are 7-3 ATS in their last 10 games and 2-2-1 ATS in their last 5 away games. The Rams are 7-0 ATS in their last 7 overall games and 4-1 ATS in their last 5 home games.

St. Bonaventure came out flat against Dayton but showed how dangerous a team that can be with their 2nd half performance led by the guard duo of Marcus Posley and Jaylen Adams. VCU has been dominant in A-10 play this season as although Shaka Smart left for the Texas, VCU has one of the better defenses in the country as they rank 4th in the country in steals and 5th in turnover margin. The Rams have been playing great at home this season, however, St. Bonaventure is a solid team that has good guard play that should help limit their turnovers and I think the Bonnies will be able to cover with the points. 

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St. Bonaventure Bonnies +9.5

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