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UMass vs VCU Basketball Picks 2-20-24

VCU Rams (17-8) vs. UMass Minutemen (16-9)
February 20, 2024 7:00 pm EDT
The Line: UMass Minutemen -2.5; Over/Under: +142.5
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The VCU Rams will play the UMass Minutemen in an A-10 game on Tuesday night at the William D. Mullins Memorial Center in Amherst, Massachusetts. VCU has won four games in a row, while UMass has won two of their last three. Let’s take a look at the betting matchup and the VCU vs UMass prediction.

VCU Preview

The VCU Rams are 17-8 (9-3) this season after they defeated Saint Louis by a score of 95-85 in their last game. VCU led 42-35 at halftime and they were able to score 53 second half points in the win. The Rams shot 49.1% from the field and made 12 three pointers in the game. VCU has won nine of their last ten games, with the lone loss coming on the road against St. Bonaventure. The Rams are scoring 72.4 points per game with 36 rebounds per game and 14.1 assists per game, while allowing 65.9 points against per game this year. Max Shulga is averaging 15 points per game, 4.8 rebounds per game, and 3.7 assists per game. VCU is shooting 44.7% from the field, 78.6% on free throws, and 36.2% on three pointers this season. 

UMass Preview

The UMass Minutemen are 16-9 (7-6) this year after they lost to La Salle by a score of 82-81 in their last game. UMass trailed 51-41 at halftime, but they did out score La Salle 40-31 in the second half in the narrow loss. The Minutemen shot 42.4% from the field and were -2 in rebounding margin in the game. UMass defeated Richmond by a score of 69-59 and Rhode Island by a score of 81-79 in the two games prior to La Salle. The Minutemen are scoring 79.9 points per game with 38.8 rebounds per game and 16.1 assists per game, while giving up 72.2 points against per game this season. Josh Cohen is averaging 16.1 points per game, 7.0 rebounds per game, and 1.6 assists per game. UMass is shooting 45.7% from the field, 70.4% on free throws, and 31.7% on three pointers this year. UMass will meet Davidson after this game.

VCU vs UMass Betting Prediction

VCU comes into this game on a four game winning streak and they are fourth in the A-10 standings, but they are slight underdogs on the road here. UMass has won two of their last three games and they have played very well at home this season. The Minutemen are the better scoring team here, but VCU is one of the best defensive teams in the A-10, allowing just 65.9 points against per game. The Rams are 5-1 in their last six conference road games and they are playing great basketball right now. Take VCU to get the road win in this game. 

David Racey's Free Pick: VCU ML

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David started writing about sports in 2015, but sports has been his passion for as long as he can remember. David spends most of his free time watching pretty much anything sports related from Baseball to Tennis and everything in between. David likes to analyze statistics and recent results to form an unbiased opinion on whatever game he is breaking down. Follow David on Twitter at @itsyerboi41

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