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Utah vs VCU Prediction 3-27-24 College Basketball Picks

VCU Rams (24-13) vs. Utah Runnin' Utes (21-14)
March 27, 2024 9:00 pm EDT
The Line: Utah Runnin' Utes -6.5; Over/Under: +145.5
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In this article, we will formulate a VCU vs Utah betting prediction for this NIT college basketball game on Wednesday, March 27th at the Jon M. Huntsman Center in Salt Lake City, Utah. To formulate this prediction, we will examine:

  • The VCU recent form and recent player performance 
  • The Utah recent form and recent play performance
  • Recent Betting trends and streaks involving VCU
  • Recent Betting trends and streaks involving Utah
  • Recent betting trends in games played between VCU and Utah
  • A summary that ties it all together and produces a favorable betting outcome for Today’s Game between VCU and Utah

VCU Preview

The VCU Rams are 24-13 (11-7) this year after they defeated South Florida by a score of 70-65 in their last game. VCU led 32-30 at halftime, and they were able to score 38 points in the second half to hold off South Florida for the win. The Rams shot 43.6% from the field and made 10 three pointers in the game. VCU defeated Villanova by a score of 70-61 in their first NIT game, and they have won five of their last six games. The Rams are scoring 71.4 points per game with 35.2 rebounds per game and 13.7 assists per game, while allowing 66.5 points against per game this year. Max Shulga is averaging 14.3 points per game, 4.6 rebounds per game, and 3.7 assists per game. VCU is shooting 44.4% from the field, 78% on free throws, and 35.7% on three pointers this season. 

Utah Preview

The Utah Utes are 21-14 (9-11) this season after they defeated Iowa by a score of 91-82 in their last game. Utah led 48-36 at the half, and they were able to get the win, despite allowing 46 second half points. The Utes shot 46.2% from the field and made 12 three pointers in the game. Utah defeated UC Irvine by a score of 84-75 in their first round game, and they have won three of their last four games. The Utes are scoring 78.6 points per game with 39 rebounds per game and 17.5 assists per game, while giving up 73 points against per game this season. Branden Carlson is averaging 17 points per game, 6.7 rebounds per game, and 1.6 assists per game. Utah is shooting 46.6% from the field, 64.9% on free throws, and 35.8% on three pointers this year. 

Utah Utes Team Facts

  • Utah has won each of its last 11 games against non-Conference opponents at Jon M. Huntsman Center.
  • Each of Utah’s last six night games at Jon M. Huntsman Center have produced a total of 147+ points.
  • Utah has won the first half in each of its last 12 night games at Jon M. Huntsman Center against non-AP-ranked opponents.

VCU Rams Team Facts

  • VCU has won each of its last six games against non-Conference opponents.
  • Eighteen of VCU’s last 19 night games against non-Conference opponents have produced a total of 141 or fewer points.
  • VCU has won the first half in each of its last seven games against non-Conference opponents.

VCU vs Utah Betting Prediction

VCU comes into this matchup after two very good defensive efforts in their first two games of the NIT, as they allowed 65 and 61 points to South Florida and Villanova. Utah has allowed plenty of points defensively in their first two games, but they have scored 91 and 84 points in the two victories. Utah had a pretty inconsistent finish to the regular season, but they will be at home for this game, where they are 16-2 on the season. VCU lost in the A-10 Title game, so they were one win away from the NCAA Tournament, but their offense fell flat in that game. The Rams are not a great offensive team, and I feel like you have to be able to score 80+ points to beat Utah at home. Take the Utes here.

David Racey's Free Pick: Utah -6.5

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David Racey

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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