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VCU vs. Texas - 12/5/17 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Texas Longhorns (5-2) at VCU Rams (5-3)

College Basketball: Tuesday, December 5, 2017 at 7:00 pm (Siegel Center)

The Line: VCU Rams +5 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds

TV: ESPN2

The Texas Longhorns and VCU Rams meet Tuesday in college basketball action at the Stuart C. Siegel Center.

The Texas Longhorns look to build on their 5-2 record when they take to the road for the first time. The Texas Longhorns are averaging 79.3 points on 46.6 percent shooting and allowing 63.3 points on 37.5 percent shooting. Andrew Jones is averaging 14.7 points and 2.4 assists while Dylan Osetkowski is averaging 13.6 points and eight rebounds. Kerwin Roach II is the third double-digit scorer and Mohamed Bamba is grabbing 9.7 rebounds. The Texas Longhorns are shooting 27.2 percent from beyond the arc and 62 percent from the free throw line. The Texas Longhorns are allowing 28.3 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 39 rebounds per game. The Texas Longhorns haven’t won a road game since March of 2016. 

VCU vs. Texas - 12/5/17 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The VCU Rams need a bounce back victory after splitting their last six games. The VCU Rams are averaging 81.1 points on 47.4 percent shooting and allowing 75.5 points on 46 percent shooting. Justin Tillman is averaging 15.5 points and 7.4 rebounds while De'Riante Jenkins is averaging 14.3 points and 2.6 assists. Issac Vann is the third double-digit scorer and Jonathan Williams is dishing 6.6 assists. The VCU Rams are shooting 41.1 percent from beyond the arc and 69.7 percent from the free throw line. The VCU Rams are allowing 33.7 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 37.5 rebounds per game. The VCU Rams have won 16 of their last 17 home games.

The Longhorns are 2-5-1 ATS in their last 8 road games, 2-5 ATS in their last 7 vs. Atlantic 10 and 3-8-1 ATS in their last 12 games overall. The Rams are 6-1 ATS in their last 7 Tuesday games, 4-1 ATS in their last 5 vs. Big 12 and 2-7 ATS in their last 9 games following a ATS win. The over is 5-1 in Rams last 6 home games and the under is 12-4 in Longhorns last 16 overall.

The Texas Longhorns are playing some really good basketball out of the gate and are still looking for that first victory after losing to Gonzaga and Duke both in overtime. The problem is Texas has not won a road game in forever, so I'm not sure how confident I'm going to be laying points. VCU is improved offensively and is always toguh to just count out at home. This is also a return game for Shaka Smart, the guy who put this VCU basketball program on the map, so you can bet the Stuart C. Siegel Center will be nuts. I like the value of the points here. 

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