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Memphis vs VCU 11/20/22 College Basketball Picks, Predictions, Odds

VCU Rams (3-1) vs. Memphis Tigers (1-1)
November 20, 2022 5:00 pm EDT
The Line: Memphis Tigers -8 / VCU Rams +8; Over/Under: +141
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The VCU Rams and the Memphis Tigers meet in college basketball action from the FedEx Forum on Sunday.

The VCU Rams will look to build on their 71-67 win over Pitt in their last game. Brandon Johns Jr. leads the Rams in scoring with 14 PPG and 6 RPG while Adrian Baldwin Jr. has 12 PPG and 7 APG up to this point. Jamir Watkins has 10.3 PPG and 5.3 RPG to cap off the trio of double-digit scorers for VCU up to this point while Jalen DeLoach has a team-high 6.5 RPG this season. As a team, VCU is averaging 68 PPG on 42.1% shooting from the field, 31% from three and 68.5% from the foul line this season.

The Memphis Tigers will try to bounce back from a 90-84 loss to Saint Louis last time out. DeAndre Williams leads Memphis in scoring and rebounding with 19 PPG and 8.5 RPG with 3 APG while Kendric Davis has 17 PPG with 3 RPG and a team-high 5 APG to lead the Tigers in assists as the only other double-digit scorer for Memphis up to this point in the year. As a team, Memphis is averaging 80 PPG on 44.7% shooting from the field, 28% from three and 80% from the foul line this season.

VCU is 0-4-1 ATS in their last 5 games overall and 0-4 ATS in their last 4 games following a win while the under is 5-1 in their last 6 games following a win. Memphis is 4-0 ATS in their last 4 games following an ATS loss and 7-0 ATS in their last 7 home games while the under is 3-0-1 in their last 4 Sunday games.

I get the case to be made for either side in this one and this should be a fairly entertaining game and an interesting clash of styles, with Memphis being interested in running and gunning while VCU will be wanting to implement their defense. That being said, I think styles aside, this is too many points. I like Memphis, I like the talent that Penny Hardaway has at his disposal, but the defense for the Tigers slipped big against Saint Louis and if you let VCU in, they have the defense to make it hard to pull away from them, especially late. I think this has potential to come down to the wire, so give me VCU and the points.

Chris Ruffolo's Free Pick: VCU +8

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