Richmond vs. VCU - A-10 Tournament - 3/13/15 Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Virginia Commonwealth Rams (23-9) at Richmond Spiders (19-12)
College Basketball: Friday, March 13, 2015 at 2:30 pm (Barclays Center)
The Line: Richmond Spiders +2.5 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
The VCU Rams and Richmond Spiders will face off at the Barclays Center this Friday afternoon in the quarterfinals of the A-10 Tournament.
The VCU Rams (23-9) survived a scare from the Fordham Rams and advanced in the A-10 Tournament with a 63-57 win on Thursday afternoon. VCU earned 5th seed with a 12-6 conference record. VCU was only able to shoot 30.5% from the field however, won the rebound battle by a 43-35 margin and was able to hit 19 of 27 (70.4%) free-throws. Leading the way for the Rams was Treveon Graham who had 22 points, 9 rebounds, and 2 assists. VCU is ranked 19th in the RPI Standings and has played the 129th ranked SOS. On the season, the Rams have been led by Treveon Graham (16.2 ppg, 6.6 rpg, 1.5 apg) and Melvin Johnson (12.1 ppg, 1.9 rpg, 1.8 apg). VCU is averaging 72.3 ppg (ranked 59th) on 42.1% shooting (ranked 246th). The Rams average 7.8 three-pointers per game (ranked 42nd) and commit just 10.4 turnovers per game (ranked 16th). VCU is holding their opponents to 65.5 ppg (ranked 144th) on 43.1% shooting (ranked 183rd). The Rams average 10.2 spg (ranked 2nd) and have a 6.3 turnover margin (ranked 3rd).
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The Richmond Spiders finished the season with a 19-12 record and earned the 4th seed in the A-10 Tournament with a 12-6 conference record. Richmond is an undersized team but has an outstanding defensive and great guard play. The Spiders are ranked 53rd in the RPI Standings and has played the 35th ranked SOS. Richmond’s biggest wins of the season have come against Davidson and VCU (twice).
Richmond averages 65.3 ppg (ranked 226th) on 45.3% shooting (ranked 83rd). The Spiders average 6.8 three-pointers per game (ranked 120th) on 34.1% shooting (ranked 183rd). Richmond has a 1.36 assist/turnover ratio (ranked 25th) and commits just 9.9 turnovers per game (ranked 10th). Defensively, Richmond is holding their opponents to an average of 60.2 ppg (ranked 32nd) on 41.9% shooting (ranked 122nd). The Spiders average 7.1 spg (ranked 76th) and has a turnover margin of 3.7 (ranked 12th). Richmond grabs just 29.13 total rpg (ranked 338th) and have a rebound margin of -5.5 (ranked 331st). On the season, the Spiders have been led by Kendall Anthony (16.3 ppg, 1.8 rpg, 2.3 apg) and Terry Allen (12.5 ppg, 6.4 rpg, 1.5 apg).
The Rams are 3-8 ATS in their last 11 Friday games and 0-6 ATS in their last 6 games overall. The Spiders are 11-0-1 ATS in their last 12 games following a ATS win and 13-3-1 ATS in their last 17 games overall.
Richmond was able to defeat VCU in both match-ups this season (64-55 @ VCU; 67-63 2OT @ Home). VCU seemed as if they were going to run away with the A-10, however, have gone only 6-6 since they lost their point guard Briante Weber. Richmond has lost the turnover battle in both matchups however, it’s been by a very small margin as they have talented guards that do good job against VCU’s havoc defensive. VCU is still a very talented team and has a stud in Treveon Graham however, I think the Richmond defense and guard play will lead them to a victory in this one. Take Richmond and the points.