VCU vs. Cleveland State - 12/29/14 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Cleveland State Vikings (6-7) at Virginia Commonwealth Rams (9-3)
College Basketball: Monday, December 29, 2014 at 7:00 pm (Siegel Center)
The Line: Virginia Commonwealth Rams -15.5 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
TV: CBS 6
The Cleveland State Vikings and VCU Rams meet Monday night at the Stuart C. Siegel Center.
The Cleveland State Vikings have split their last eight games and are playing their seventh true road game. On the season, Cleveland State is averaging 62.9 points on 40.5 percent shooting and is allowing 63.4 points on 43.3 percent shooting. Trey Lewis is averaging 17.6 points and 3.4 assists while Anton Grady is averaging 12.1 points and 5.7 rebounds. Charlie Lee is the third player averaging double-digit points and Marlin Mason is grabbing 5.1 rebounds. The Cleveland State Vikings rely on their defense that is coming away with 8.1 steals while forcing 14.2 turnovers and holding teams to 37 percent shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, Cleveland State is shooting 72.2 percent from the free throw line and 38.3 percent from beyond the arc.
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The VCU Rams have won four straight games and play for the first time in a week. On the season, VCU is averaging 76.8 points on 44.2 percent shooting and is allowing 67.2 points on 44.7 percent shooting. Treveon Graham is averaging 16.3 points and 6.3 rebounds while Melvin Johnson is averaging 15.2 points and 2.3 assists. Jordan Burgess is grabbing 4.2 rebounds and Briante Weber is dishing out 4.7 assists. The VCU Rams are no longer just a defensive team, as they’re shooting 64 percent from the free throw line and 36.3 percent from deep. VCU has seven players averaging at least 5.5 points per game. Defensively, VCU is forcing 17.2 turnovers per game and is holding teams to 38 percent shooting from downtown.
The Vikings are 16-4-1 ATS in their last 21 road games and 7-2 ATS in their last 9 games following a ATS loss. The Rams are 5-11-1 ATS in their last 17 home games vs. a team with a losing road record and 3-11-1 ATS in their last 15 games vs. a team with a losing S.U. record.
You see Cleveland State's record against the number? It's not like VCU has been blowing teams out consistently, and the Vikings are used to playing on the road. Give me the points in this spot.