UMass vs. VCU - 2/26/20 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

UMass vs. VCU - 2/26/20 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction Photo by Casey Sapio-USA TODAY Sports

VCU Rams (17-10) at UMass Minutemen (12-15)

College Basketball: Wednesday, February 26, 2020 at 7:00 pm (William D. Mullins Center)

The Line: UMass Minutemen +5.5 -- Over/Under: 138

TV: ESPN+

The VCU Rams and Massachusetts Minutemen meet Wednesday in college basketball action at the William D. Mullins Memorial Center.

The VCU Rams need a win after losing five of their last six games. The VCU Rams are averaging 71.3 points on 42.9 percent shooting and allowing 65 points on 41.9 percent shooting. Marcus Santos-Silva is averaging 12.6 points and nine rebounds while De'Riante Jenkins is averaging 10.6 points and two assists. Marcus Evans is dishing 2.9 assists and Nah'Shon Hyland is grabbing 2.1 rebounds. The VCU Rams are shooting 34.2 percent from beyond the arc and 70.3 percent from the free throw line. The VCU Rams are allowing 33.5 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 31.6 rebounds per game. The VCU Rams have lost three straight road games.

The Massachusetts Minutemen need a win after splitting their last 10 games. The Massachusetts Minutemen are averaging 68.7 points on 42.7 percent shooting and allowing 71.6 points on 46.2 percent shooting. Tre Mitchell is averaging 16.8 points and 6.6 rebounds while TJ Weeks is averaging 14.7 points and 3.8 rebounds. Carl Pierre is the third double-digit scorer and Sean East II is dishing 4.7 assists. The Massachusetts Minutemen are shooting 32.4 percent from beyond the arc and 69.1 percent from the free throw line. The Massachusetts Minutemen are allowing 32.9 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 29.9 rebounds per game. The Massachusetts Minutemen have won four of their last five home games.

The home team is 4-1 ATS in the last 5 meetings. The favorite is 4-0 ATS in the last 4 meetings.

The VCU Rams enter this contest losing five of their last six games, and they're losing their last five games by an average of seven points while shooting just 38 percent from the field. The VCU Rams are also just 3-6 against the spread on the road and 9-18 against the spread on the season. The Massachusetts Minutemen are 11-2-1 against the spread at home where they win by an average of 7.1 points and shoot 47.2 percent from the field and 36.2 percent from deep. VCU has won six of the last eight meetings against UMass, but I want the points in this contest. 

Randy’s Pick Massachusetts Minutemen +5.5

The pick in this article is the opinion of the writer, not a Sports Chat Place site consensus.