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VCU vs. UMass Pick – Basketball Predictions & Odds 1/17/23

UMass Minutemen (11-6) vs. VCU Rams (13-5)
January 17, 2023 7:00 pm EDT
The Line: VCU Rams -8 / UMass Minutemen +8; Over/Under: +142
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The UMass Minutemen and the VCU Rams meet in college basketball action from the Stuart Siegel Center on Tuesday night. Let’s dive into the odds, injuries, matchup history and make a prediction for this game.


The VCU Rams are currently listed as 8-point home favorites in this game with an attached ML price of -380. The over/under is set at 142 points.


Noah Fernandes and RJ Luis have both popped up on the UMass injury report as questionable for this game with respective undisclosed injuries, while the VCU Rams appear to have a clean bill of health coming into this game.

Matchup history

VCU picked up a 77-62 win in the lone meeting between these two teams last season on February 26th, 2022, making it 5 wins in the last 6 meetings for VCU.


UMass is 2-5 ATS in their last 7 games overall and 9-19-1 ATS in their last 29 road games against a team with a home winning percentage above .600 while the over is 4-1 in their last 5 games overall. VCU is 5-1-1 ATS in their last 7 games overall and 3-0-1 ATS in their last 4 home games while the over is 4-1 in their last 5 games overall.


I’m leaning towards VCU here. UMass is solid, but the Minutemen have looked like a shell of the team that ran through the non-conference portion of their schedule. VCU’s had a couple of hiccups at home, but they’ve been dominant at home in conference play, running through teams by double-digits left and right and I see no difference here. Give me VCU laying the points.

Chris Ruffolo's Free Pick: VCU -8

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Chris Ruffolo

Chris joined the Sports Chat Place team in August 2016 and has a proven system that combines multiple analytical and situational statistics and trends to give out thousands of winning picks over the last three years with winning records across all of the top leagues, Follow Chris Ruffolo on Twitter @ruffthepickdawg

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