Ohio State vs. VCU - 3/19/15 NCAA Tournament Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Ohio State Buckeyes (23-10) at Virginia Commonwealth Rams (26-9)
College Basketball: Thursday, March 19, 2015 at 4:40 pm (Moda Center at the Rose Quarter)
The Line: Virginia Commonwealth Rams +4 -- Over/Under: 136.5 See the Latest Odds
The Ohio State Buckeyes and VCU Rams play Thursday night in the NCAA Tournament.
The Ohio State Buckeyes were the sixth-best Big Ten team and have split their last eight. On the season, Ohio State is averaging 75.8 points on 48.6 percent shooting and is allowing 62.4 points on 40.5 percent shooting. D'Angelo Russell is averaging 19.3 points and 5.1 assists while Sam Thompson is averaging 10.2 points and 3.8 rebounds. Marc Loving is grabbing 3.7 rebounds and Shannon Scott is dishing 5.9 assists. The Ohio State Buckeyes have five players averaging at least 8.5 points, and they’re shooting 67.8 percent from the line and 37.2 percent from deep. Defensively, OSU is allowing 31.8 percent shooting from beyond the arc and has given up 67 or less points in seven of its last 10 games.
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The VCU Rams won the A-10 and have won five straight games. On the season, VCU is averaging 72.5 points on 42 percent shooting and is allowing 65.5 points on 43.2 percent shooting. Treveon Graham is averaging 16.3 points and seven rebounds while Melvin Johnson is averaging 12.3 points and 1.8 assists. JeQuan Lewis is dishing 2.7 assists and Mo Alie-Cox is grabbing 5.7 rebounds. The VCU Rams have four players averaging at least 7.4 points, and they’re shooting 65.6 percent from the line and 34.2 percent from deep. Defensively, VCU is allowing 34.4 percent shooting from deep and has given up 67 or less points in six of its last eight games.
The Buckeyes are 10-2-1 ATS in their last 13 games following a ATS loss and 0-4 ATS in their last 4 NCAA Tournament games. The Rams are 12-3 ATS in their last 15 NCAA Tournament games and 4-1 ATS in their last 5 neutral site games.
This is one of the tougher games for me to cap, as this game could go either way. However, I like VCU due to its experience playing in the tournament and its press defense that usually causes teams fits, especeially with young players. If I'm going to bet this game, I'm taking VCU to win outright.