UMass vs. VCU - 2/21/18 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
VCU Rams (15-12) at UMass Minutemen (11-16)
College Basketball: Wednesday, February 21, 2018 at 7:00 pm (Mullins Center)
The Line: UMass Minutemen PK -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
We have some A-10 action on the college basketball slate Wednesday night as the VCU Rams battle the UMASS Minutemen.
The VCU Rams will look to turn things around after losing 4 of their last 5 games following an 80-56 setback at the hands of George Washington in their last outing. Justin Tillman led VCU with 11 points on 5 of 10 shooting with 13 rebounds for the double-double, while De’Riante Jenkins added 10 points on 4 of 9 shooting with a pair of threes as the only other VCU player to score in double figures in the loss. Malik Crowfield added 3 triples while Jonathan Williams added 8 points and a team-high 4 assists. Tillman leads VCU with an average of 19 points and 9.4 rebounds per game while Williams is the Rams’ top assist man with 5.7 assists per game this season. As a team, VCU is scoring 76.1 points per game on 45.5% shooting from the field, 34.8% from behind the arc and 70.6% from the foul line this season.
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The UMASS Minutemen will try to rebounds themselves after dropping 3 straight and 8 of their last 9 games following an 83-78 road loss to Davidson in their last outing. Luwane Pipkins led UMASS with 31 points on 11 of 24 shooting with 5 threes and a team-high 9 assists while Malik Hines added 17 points on 7 of 8 shooting with a team-high 6 rebounds and Carl Pierre added 15 points with a pair of steals to round out the trio of double digit scorers for the Minutemen in the loss. C.J. Anderson also added 5 points to match 5 assists in the losing effort for UMASS. Pipkins leads UMASS with an average of 20.9 points per game while Hines leads the Minutemen on the glass with 6.2 rebounds per game and Anderson is the Minutemen’s top assist man with 5 assists per game this season. As a team, UMASS is scoring 71.3 points per game on 44.7% shooting from the field, 39.1% from behind the arc and 74.6% from the foul line this season
VCU is 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games overall and 4-9 ATS in their last 13 road games while the over is 5-2 in their last 7 games following a loss. UMASS is 6-22 ATS in their last 28 Wednesday games while the over is 7-0 in their last 7 games overall. The home team is 6-1 ATS in the last 7 meetings between these two teams.
Neither of these teams are ones you’d want to get behind given their respective current form, however since this game is a pick ‘em, and the home team has had the bulk of the success when these two hook up ATS, I’ll give my nod to UMASS at home here.