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VCU vs. George Washington - 2/6/16 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

George Washington Colonials (17-5) at Virginia Commonwealth Rams (17-5)

College Basketball: Saturday, February 6, 2016 at 12:00 pm (Siegel Center)

The Line: Virginia Commonwealth Rams -9 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds

TV: CBS Sports Network

The George Washington Colonials will travel to the Stuart C. Siegel Center to take on the VCU Rams this Saturday afternoon in College Basketball action.

The George Washington Colonials won their 2nd straight game and improved to 17-5 (6-3 A-10) on the season after defeating the Davidson Wildcats, 79-69, this past Wednesday. The Colonials controlled the paint in this one and was able to hang on for a victory after having a 39-33 halftime lead. George Washington shot 52.6% from the field and 71.4% (15-21) from the FT line. The Colonials held the Wildcats to 42.4 shooting from the field and outrebounded Davidson by a 38-29 margin. Leading the way for George Washington was Yuta Watanabe who had 13 points, 6 rebounds, and 2 assists. On the season, the Colonials have been led by Tyler Cavanaugh (16.8 ppg, 7.6 rpg, 1.3 apg), Patricio Garino (13.1 ppg, 4.2 rpg, 1.8 apg, 1.4 spg), and Kevin Larsen (11.9 ppg, 8.2 rpg, 2.7 apg, 1.0 spg). Offensively, George Washington is averaging 76.0 ppg on 44.3% shooting from the field and 34.6% shooting from beyond the arc. The Colonials average 6.3 three-pointers per game and have an assist/turnover ratio of 1.23. Defensively, George Washington is holding their opponents to average 68.5 ppg on 42.0% shooting. The Colonials have a rebound margin of 5.9 and a turnover margin of 0.5.

VCU vs. George Washington - 2/6/16 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The VCU Rams won their 12th consecutive game and improved to 17-5 (9-0 A-10) on the season after defeating the LaSalle Explorers, 88-70, this past Wednesday. VCU had little trouble staying perfect in conference play after racing out to a 44-28 halftime lead in the victory. VCU was impressive on the offensive end as they shot 52.5% from the field and 40.7% (11-27) from beyond the arc. The Rams held the Explorers to 46.0% shooting and won the turnover battle by a 17-7 margin. Leading the way for VCU was Melvin Johnson who had 30 points, 2 rebounds, and an assist. On the season, the Rams have been led by Melvin Johnson (19.0 ppg, 2.5 rpg, 2.2 apg), JeQuan Lewis (11.2 ppg, 2.1 rpg, 4.8 apg, 1.7 spg), and Korey Billbury (11.0 ppg, 5.1 rpg, 1.5 apg, 1.2 spg). Offensively, VCU is averaging 78.5 ppg on 45.1% shooting from the field and 38.2% shooting from beyond the arc. The Rams average 7.9 three-pointers per game and have an assist/turnover ratio of 1.24. Defensively, VCU is holding their opponents to an average of 67.0 ppg on 43.8% shooting. The Rams average 9.9 steals per game and have a turnover margin of 5.3.

The Colonials are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 Saturday games however, just 5-13 ATS in their last 18 road games. The Rams are 11-1 ATS in their last 12 vs. A-10 opponents and 6-1 ATS in their last 7 games following a ATS win.

George Washington picked up some solid wins in their non-conference schedule however, have struggled a bit in A-10 conference play which included a surprising loss to St. Louis. VCU has been on an absolute roll as of late as the Rams defense is still as dangerous as ever. George Washington is a well-rounded team that has some size underneath, however, Melvin Johnson has been playing outstanding as of late and as the Rams are beating A-10 opponents at home by a margin of 22 ppg, I’m taking VCU to cover in this one. 

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