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VCU vs. Richmond - 2/19/16 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Richmond Spiders (14-11) at Virginia Commonwealth Rams (19-7)

College Basketball: Friday, February 19, 2016 at 7:00 pm (Siegel Center)

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

TV: ESPN2

The Richmond Spiders and VCU Rams meet Friday night at the Stuart C. Siegel Center.

The Richmond Spiders look for some consistency after splitting their last 12 games. The Richmond Spiders are averaging 78 points on 48.9 percent shooting and allowing 73.8 points on 44.7 percent shooting. Terry Allen is averagng 18.4 points and 8.2 rebounds while T.J. Cline is averaging 17 points and 3.9 assists. ShawnDre' Jones is the third double-digit scorer and Marshall Wood is grabbing four rebounds. The Richmond Spiders are shooting 36.3 percent from beyond the arc and 65.5 percent from the free throw line. The Spiders are allowing 35.5 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 30.9 rebounds per game. The Richmond Spiders have lost five of their last eight road games.

VCU vs. Richmond - 2/19/16 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The VCU Rams look to keep rolling after winning 10 of their last 12 games. The VCU Rams are averaging 78 points on 45.4 percent shooting and allowing 66.7 points on 43.5 percent shooting. Melvin Johnson is averaging 18.2 points and 2.3 assists while Korey Billbury is averaging 11.5 points and five rebounds. JeQuan Lewis is the third double-digit scorer and Mo Alie-Cox is grabbing 4.6 rebounds. The VCU Rams are shooting 37.9 percent from beyond the arc and 68.1 percent from the free throw line. The Rams are allowing 35.1 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 33.5 rebounds per game. The VCU Rams have won nine of their last 10 home games.

The Spiders are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 Friday games and 2-5 ATS in their last 7 road games vs. a team with a winning home record. The Rams are 10-3 ATS in their last 13 home games and 19-7 ATS in their last 26 games overall. The Spiders are 2-8 ATS in the last 10 meetings in VCU.

Richmond is not a bad basketball team, as it hung around with Davidson on the road, beat George Washington on the road and already took VCU to overtime this season. The Rams are the better team, but the Spiders can hang around and keep this game close like they have a lot this season.

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