Virginia Commonwealth Rams vs. Virginia Tech Hokies Pick-Odds-Prediction 12/21/13
Virginia Tech Hokies (7-3) at Virginia Commonwealth Rams (9-3)
College Basketball: Saturday, December 21, 2013 at 5:30 pm (Richmond Coliseum)
The Line: Virginia Commonwealth Rams +1.5 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
The VCU Rams and Virginia Tech Hokies play in the Governor’s Holiday Hoops Classic in Richmond, VA on Saturday evening.
VCU improved to 9-3 on the year after beating Wofford 72-57 on Tuesday night. The Rams shot 37.5% from the field and only 25% from behind the arc, while knocking down 73.5% of their free-throws. Treveon Graham scored 15 of his 18 points in the first half, while Juvonte Reddic did not play well in this game. The Rams held Wofford to 38.5% shooting from the field. The Rams do not rank very high in any statistical category this year but they have played some decent competition and are getting better with every game. VCU has losses against Florida State, Georgetown, and Northern Iowa while beating UVA, Long Beach State, and Belmont. Graham leads the team in scoring with 16.3 points per game, while Reddic averages 11.7 per game. Reddic also averages a team-high 7.2 rebounds per contest. VCU is averaging over 75 points per game and is shooting 42.5% from the field. This will be the fourth neutral site game VCU has played this season; the Rams are 1-2 on neutral courts this season.
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The Virginia Tech Hokies improved to 7-3 on the year after beating Miami in overtime 61-60 last week. Jarrell Eddie scored 24 points for Virginia Tech, who shot only 34.8% from the field and 35.3% from behind the arc. The Hokies only got to the free-throw line three times in the game. Joey Van Zegeren chipped in with 8 points and a team-high 10 rebounds. On the year, Eddie leads the team in scoring, averaging 19.3 points per game and also in rebounding with 7 boards per contest. Virginia Tech has won four straight games since losing two straight back in November. The Hokies will have had almost two weeks to prepare for this game and they will be well rested. The Hokies have played two games on a neutral court and have lost both contests.
It will be interesting to see if the time off for Virginia Tech will actually help or hurt the team. The Hokies may come out flat after nearly two weeks off, but they may continue to play good defense as they have throughout the season so far. VCU is trying to find a rhythm early on in the season, as different lineups and schemes have been used to see what works best for this team. I think these two teams are somewhat even across the board and this should be a close game down to the end. I'm going to side with VCU in this one.