Fordham vs. VCU - 1/4/15 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Virginia Commonwealth Rams (10-3) at Fordham Rams (5-6)
College Basketball: Sunday, January 4, 2015 at 1:00 pm (Rose Hill Gym)
The Line: Fordham Rams +12.5 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
TV: CBS Sports Network
The VCU Rams and Fordham Rams meet Sunday afternoon at the Rose Hill Gymnasium.
The VCU Rams have won five straight games and play their fourth true road game. On the season, VCU is averaging 76.4 points on 44.1 percent shooting and is allowing 66.9 points on 44.4 percent shooting. Treveon Graham is averaging 16.6 points and 6.5 rebounds while Melvin Johnson is averaging 14.4 points and 2.2 assists. Jordan Burgess is grabbing 4.1 rebounds and Briante Weber is dishing out 3.9 assists. The VCU Rams are a better offensive team this season, as they’re shooting 64.6 percent from the free throw line and 36.5 percent from beyond the arc. Defensively, VCU is forcing 16.9 turnovers per game but is allowing teams to shoot 38.3 percent from deep. VCU is 2-1 SU on the road this season.
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The Fordham Rams have split their last four games and play for the first time since Wednesday. On the season, Fordham is averaging 62.2 points on 41.1 percent shooting and is allowing 65.8 points on 42.8 percent shooting. Eric Paschall is averaging 15.8 points and 5.9 rebounds while Mandell Thomas is averaging 13.3 points and 3.6 assists. Christian Sengfelder is the third player averaging double-digit points and Ryan Rhoomes is grabbing 10.3 rebounds. The Fordham Rams are a long basketball team that’s averaging nearly 39 rebounds and five blocks per game. Offensively, Fordham is shooting 65.3 percent from the line and 29.9 percent from downtown. Defensively, Fordham is forcing 12.3 turnovers and allowing teams to shoot 34.5 percent from deep. Jon Severe is expected to return after missing the last seven games.
The VCURams are 5-1-1 ATS in their last 7 vs. Atlantic 10 and 3-12-1 ATS in their last 16 games vs. a team with a losing S.U. record. The Frodham Rams are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 home games and 3-7 ATS in their last 10 vs. Atlantic 10.
VCU has been shaky on the road this season and isn't really blowing teams out. Meanwhile, Fordham has the home crowd behind it and has the length to keep this game close by controlling the boards. I'm taking the points.